This morning when my alarm went off, I hit snooze. Yup, I hit the snooze button. Not because I was trying to catch an extra 10 minutes of sleep. It’s because I have a ritual of practicing gratitude for 10 minutes each and every morning. I place my hands on my heart and offer gratitude for whatever comes to mind that morning until my alarm goes off again. I started this about a year ago and found it starts my day off on the right path.
My gratitude this morning was about how I struggled with my sleep a few years ago. I am grateful for that experience because it gives me compassion for my clients today. When they tell me they have tried everything and nothing works, I know. I’ve been there. I am also proof that we can take control of our sleep again once we learn the right tools for us.
I am grateful for that very difficult time in my life because it brought EFT/Tapping into my life. I am grateful that I am now able to sleep like a baby most nights and on the nights I struggle, I have the tools to help me get back on track. I am grateful that I get to share this tool with others who are ready and willing to try it for themselves. So yes, I layed there this morning smiling and being so grateful that I lived through that horrible experience I had with lack of sleep.
My sleep troubles started back in late 2015. At first it was just a few nights here and there that I couldn’t sleep. It was gradual and before I realized, I was not sleeping most nights. After about a year of struggling to fall asleep or staying asleep for more than a few hours, I asked my doctor for sleeping pills. Thinking if I could just sleep everything would be better. I didn’t have any tools to help me get the sleep I needed and I wanted a quick fix. After a year of prescription sleeping pills, my body still could not fall asleep. Even with the medication, I averaged about 2 to 3 hours of sleep per night. Definitely not enough to function like a normal human being.
One day, I left my desk at work to go for a walk. I walked by a car that looked exactly like mine. I happened to glance in and notice it was my car. I looked up to see what street I was on and wondered how my car got there. Scary right? I had driven my car that morning, so sleep deprived, parked it in a location I could not remember 4 hours later. I knew I was in trouble because my memory was starting to play tricks on me.
That is when I knew extreme measures needed to be taken. Under my doctor’s guidance, I stopped working. I took the time to start changing my life and I discovered EFT/Tapping.
Henry Ford said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.
Well, it was time for me to change what I was doing because it obviously was not working.
Shortly after I stopped working, I joined a gym. I needed to hire a personal trainer because just the thought of going to the gym was overwhelming. I was not new to the gym or exercising, however during that time, it felt too big to tackle on my own. I found an energy practitioner to help me with my emotions. I discovered tapping and started to use it for myself. I tapped on all those negative emotions I was feeling. First it was all about the stress of my job, the guilt for leaving my workload to my co-workers and the shame that I wasn’t strong enough to be able to continue working. I also started tapping on my stress about not sleeping. Remembering particular nights that were full of frustration about not sleeping and tapping on that frustration. And then one day, I fell asleep on the couch by myself. No sleeping medication. Just my body saying I had removed enough of the stress to fall asleep on it’s own, like it’s designed to do.
Gratitude for a body and mind that knows how to fall asleep again. Gratitude that I am now in a position to be able to share my knowledge of EFT/Tapping with others so they can find sleep again naturally.
There is so much to be grateful for.
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