109: Knock Down Your Worries With This One Thing – Part 1 of The Modern Parent’s Guide to Living Through This Election

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About this episode:

How bad is the vague sense of fear, of atmospheric worry, in your life? Because if you feel it, you can bet that your child is getting those vibes from you (and now she’s worrying, too.)

It’s very difficult to escape the news and mudslinging around this contentious election. That’s what started me thinking about how to help you feel better during this time of year when it always seems to feel a bit more “serious” than just a few weeks ago – but this year seems amplified by an order of magnitude.

So, here’s the first of three parts of The Modern Parent’s Guide to Living Through This Election!

Click weturnedoutokay.com/109 to listen to this episode and to read more about the one thing – THE basic building block – around which we can start to knock back worry and anxiety in our lives, and therefore the lives of our kids.

My question for you today is:

How is your sleep?

With lots to worry about in our own lives and the constant fanning of negative flames on the news, through robocalls, and all over the place on social media, getting good sleep can be the last thing on our minds.

But I’m here to tell you that it should be the first thing; if we can sort out sleep, lots of other things get better too.

Today I share the story of how, when I lost the ability to walk more than a few steps in 2011, any good quality of sleep that I had ever had flew right out the window.

I only really regained decent sleep in late 2012, after reading a book by health guru Dr. Andrew Weil in which he advocates for a very specific kind of breathing, called the 4-7-8 breath.

Without exaggerating, I can say that the 4-7-8 breath changed my life, and helped me get a handle on good sleep.

So, today I’m wondering how YOUR sleep is – and if it could be improved?

Start by thinking about the basic rules for getting to sleep:
– no caffeine after 5 PM (or ever, which is even better 🙂
– no screens within a few hours of going to bed
– make bedtime for yourself earlier if at all possible (so that you are ready when your little one wakes up at five in the morning)

If you’re still struggling with good sleep – especially, if you’re waking up wicked early – it’s time to call in the big guns, such as the 4-7-8 breath (find the link in the Key Links below).

Also: I’m a yoga instructor, and as such I’ve learned some great breathing exercises and meditations for getting to sleep (or easing anxiety).
I’m wondering, would you find it beneficial if I were to record a few breathing exercises for getting to sleep?
Go to weturnedoutokay.com/contact and let me know!

Key Links:

Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breath is demonstrated in the video at this link.

If your kids are doing things that drive you bananas, raising your stress level and making it tough to remember why you had them in the first place, my book gives you some concrete tools and things to say or do in a tough moment.
Click here to check out Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics: Key Tools to Handle Every Temper Tantrum, Keep Your Cool, and Enjoy Life With Your Young Child in Amazon, where you can read the introduction for free and decide if it might be a helpful tool for you.