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Do you envy those people who seem to be able to switch off easily? It can be hard to calm your mind after a busy day, which can sometimes make it a struggle to get to sleep.
If you need a way to help you put aside what’s on your mind for the evening, practising mindfulness may help. Research suggests it may help people sleep better.
Mindfulness encourages you to pay attention to the present moment, including your thoughts and the world around you. You may find it helpful to pick a time to practise mindfulness exercises regularly.
Try this simple mindfulness exercise as part of your evening wind-down routine:
Find a comfortable place to sit. Keep your back straight with your feet flat on the ground and your hands in your lap.
Concentrate on your breathing, thoughts and bodily sensations. Listen to the sounds around you.
If your mind starts to wander, and you feel like you’re losing focus, bring your attention back to your breathing.