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Yumeno

309d

How do you deal with knowing something isn't true, but feeling like you need to do a certain action associated with it anyway? For example, thinking "I need to do (action) in order to fall asleep. If I don't do (action) then I won't sleep and something bad will happen" when past experiences have proven to me that I can fall asleep even without doing that action. My brain will come up with weird explanations for why I was able to sleep last time without doing (action) like "I was in a different room that time." And lately I have been struggling a lot because I've been the last person to fall asleep in the house, I keep planning on falling asleep earlier but something always gets in the way (like this time, my family member wanted to go to the store at the same time I had set my sleep alarm to start winding down for bed). My thoughts have just been a huge struggle for me lately and I feel extremely alone which is why I was hoping the Alike community might be able to offer some coping advice. Thanks.

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    • mackinac

      171d

      Routine has been huge for me. I brush my teeth, pee, lay down, and put on a sleep podcast. If time passes and I don't feel any sleepier, I usually get up to go to the bathroom again to do what my old therapist called a "reset".

    • mackinac

      171d

      Routine has been huge for me. I brush my teeth, pee, lay down, and put on a sleep podcast. If time passes and I don't feel any sleepier, I usually get up to go to the bathroom again to do what my old therapist called a "reset".

    • Viynnyie

      309d

      For me personaly, I just have to keep reminding myself that it's going to be okay, and it helps especially If I've already skipped something and still gotten the result I've aimed for. Change can be very difficult but you need to remeber that everything is going to be okay. I also do this all through life, especially if it's a change that's out of my controll or is too easy for me to reverse. Soon the absence of that action will slowly move out of your routine and you get used to the new one. I hope I understood your question properly and that this helps! ♡

      • Yumeno

        308d

        @Viynnyie Thank you so much, you understood perfectly and I really appreciate your kind response. ❤️ Change is one of the things that triggers these types of thoughts in me but I do need to keep reminding myself it'll be okay. Thanks again!

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