If you’ve recently been hurt in some way, or there’s something bothering you that just doesn’t seem to go away, then this may be of some help to you. I’m not saying that this is a long term fix, nor am I saying that it’ll work for everybody, but why not give it a try? You never know, it could help you.
When you’re laying in bed, struggling to fall asleep because all you can think about is this certain thing thats been playing on your mind for days, I want you to focus only on whatever it maybe that’s bothering you. Notice how your breathing changes, notice how your heart rate may increase and more importantly notice how you feel inside, do you feel sad? Angry? etc.. just focus on what you’re feeling at that very moment in time.
Continue to think about whatever is affecting you and just let the emotion take over for a couple of minutes, stay laying in your bed and resist the temptation to get up and punch something, if the emotion you’re feeling is anger. If you’re feeling sadness and begin to cry, then just cry, let it all out and continue to take note of how you’re feeling. This is the hardest step to take because sometimes emotion can be overwhelming, but you only need to do this for a couple of minutes.
Once the emotion has completely taken over for a couple of minutes and you’ve recognised the emotion that you are feeling, then it’s time to imagine a box. It doesn’t matter how big that box is or what it looks like, that’s completely up to you, just imagine a box floating above your bed. I then want you to imagine all those feelings, and thoughts you’ve just experienced being put into that box followed by the lid closing, and then imagine placing that box away.
Doing the above is a way of going through that emotion, which is an important step to healing, and it also allows you to put those emotions and thoughts away to enable you to get a good nights sleep. This technique may take some practice before it begins to work efficiently, or it may work straight away. Even if you don’t believe that it’ll work, give it a go, it might just help you.