Episode 21: Happiness for Sleep and Relaxation
Having trouble staying asleep? Do more than count sheep, here's a whole episode of happiness spells for sleepiness, falling asleep and relaxing fully.
Laying your head upon a pillow that’s exactly the right height, not too soft, not too hard, just right.
The calming, soothing darkness of your bedroom, a respite from the light and noise of the day.
Flipping the pillow over so you can rest your cheek against the cool side.
Laying quiet on your bed late at night, the soft, gentle sounds of beautiful music from a few doors down lulling you to sleep.
Your eyelids heavy, so heavy you can’t keep them open at all no matter how hard you try.
A cool breeze from the window, ruffling the curtain slightly as you pull the covers closer over you.
The joy of sliding into your bed between freshly laundered, clean sheets.
The gentle soothing pressure of a weighted blanket, comforting and heavy as you drift away.
Knowing that you have nothing in particular to get up for the next day, you can relax and sleep as long as you like.
The air outside so cold that it chills you through and through as you pull on a pair of soft, thick warm socks.
Replaying the day in your mind finding the hidden little patches of joy, the moments of triumph.
Entering the hazy, maybe, drowsy state of dreamland, half-forgotten conversations, people you haven’t seen in years, far off lands that defy imagination.
A gentle massage before bed, rolling your neck back and forth, massaging your arms, your feet, feeling your muscles unwind, your body really relax for the first time all day.
Finally, getting to read a little bit of a book that you love as you begin to drift off, the paper pages turning under your fingers, placing your bookmark in, putting it gently on the side table for now.
When you’ve played hard that day, exercised enough that you’re so ready for bed, limbs heavy.
The room isn’t too cold or too warm but just the right temperature for staying asleep.
Clambering into bed early, wearing a new set of pajamas, the fabric cool against your skin.
Eight, full, blessed hours of sleep.
Making yourself a warm mug of tea, cradling it in your cold hands, warming all of you
Thinking to yourself as you drift off that maybe sometimes love is like that, or maybe it should be -- easy as falling asleep.
Happiness Spells Podcast is a five minute list of all the greatest pleasures and smallest joys in life. Increase your capacity for positivity, curiosity and gratitude. New episodes every Monday and Thursday.
This episode of Happiness Spells was written, arranged, recorded and produced by Amanda Meyncke in Los Angeles, California. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.