Remedy #2: Mantra repetition
Repeating a mantra or positive affirmation repeatedly can help focus and calm your mind. Mantras are said to produce feelings of relaxation by quieting the mind.
Researchers in a 2015 studyTrusted Source taught women who are homeless to repeat a mantra silently throughout the day and before sleeping. Participants who continued to use the mantra over the course of a week experienced reduced levels of insomnia.
You may choose a mantra in Sanskrit, English, or another language. Search online for ideas or create one that feels right for you. Choose a mantra that you find pleasant and calming. It should be a simple, positive statement in the present tense. A good mantra will allow you to continually focus on the repetition of sound, which will enable you to relax and go to sleep.
Chant the mantra mentally or aloud, keeping your focus on the words. Gently bring your mind back to the mantra each time it wanders. You may also play music with chanting. Feel free to recite your mantra as often as you like. You might choose another mantra to use in the daytime.
If you feel the chanting is causing any ill effects or agitation, stop the practice.
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