For 5 years I've been having insomnia because my head is filled with thoughts. I also noticed that I worry a lot about what everyone think of me, and I'm afraid of upsetting anyone. Do I have anxiety or something? How can I improve?


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PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

What you have is not a clear understanding of yourself. The only people you need to care about what they think are your family and loved ones, and your employer. And sometimes even your family is questionable. Some people have families that are toxic, and therefore their opinions really don't matter. Wasting time, energy, and emotions worrying about what people who have no bearing on your life, is just that. A waste.

What you need to do is find a way to clear your mind of the clutter before trying to sleep. Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, and if you can swing it and hour before. Then do something you find relaxing before bed. Some people read, others knit, and some simply meditate. You need to find what works for you.

I say all this from experience.

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Michelle Kwok
Michelle Kwok commented
Thank you for your advice, I used to meditate before bed so maybe I'll bring that back
Audrey  Mack
Audrey Mack commented
I found this except in the Awake magazine published by Jehovahs Witnesses... Hope you find it helpful.

Create a “First-Aid Kit” for Your Emotions
An emotional first-aid kit, including positive and upbuilding momentos, scriptures, songs, articles, and experiences
If you suffer from depression, a practical suggestion to help you control your thoughts and feelings is to create what has been called an emotional first-aid kit. The kit, which can be adjusted as you see fit, might include the items on this page.
Contact information of people to call when you feel down
Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding
Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles
A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible, such as Psalm 34:18; 51:17; 94:19; Philippians 4:6, 7
Mementos to remind you of people who love you
A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed
Levi F. Profile
Levi F. answered

Yes, that sounds like textbook anxiety to me. I have major anxiety and it sounds a lot like what you described, and it has affected my sleeping patterns as well.

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