What I do to maintain mental health and sleep better

Over the last couple years, I have experienced two six month periods of clinical depression. I believe I fell into this state of mind, because of my lack of sleep. At one point before my clinical depression, I was averaging 3.5 hours of sleep. I followed the American culture, “sleep when you are dead” mentality. My new mindset:

Sleep more or you will be dead. – Shaan Shah

Now that I have fully recovered from the chemical imbalance/clinical depression, I am focusing on new strategies to keep my mind calm, get better sleep, and maintain my mental health. Here is a large laundry list of items:

— I do not set alarms to wake me up unless there is a life or death situation or some type of urgent need; I believe sleep is more important than most other things in my life

— I sleep early so I do not feel rushed to get up (typically go to sleep between 9 PM and 11 PM)

— I often talk about my sleep challenges with others in an effort to get a new advice/perspectives

— I attempt to do activities throughout the day that keep me “in the zone” (or present/in the moment); for me, that includes sports and interacting with people one-on-one to public speaking engagements https://instagram.com/p/BN_mfEHA00Y/

— spending time in warm environments: outside in warm weather, warm apartment, warm showers, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi/hot tub

— taking notes, journaling, And blogging so that I can get my thoughts out of my head

— a comfortable place to sleep — nice bed, nice sheets, nice couch in my living room

— I wear comfortable clean clothes at all times; ideally while I am awake and sleeping(Including changing before sleeping)

— ”Make people smile every day and you’ll sleep better” — Abhishek, my nephew that passed away

— ”Spend time with whomever you love today because that may not be an option tomorrow” — Shaan Shah, spending time with those that I love is quite soothing; the catalyst behind this thought comes from personal near death experiences and lots of death to people near me

— massaging my body and scalp (sometimes with lotion)

— deep breaths (inhale through my nose, exhale through my mouth): — my practice:o 12 total breaths, three imagining air/energy and during parts of my body and cleaning it out (grain, esophagus, arteries/heart) and breaths imagining strengthening the muscles by my spinal cord

— eating a lot of different nutrients through nuts, vegetables, fruits, etc.

Do you have any suggestions for strategies that help you sleep better? Very curious! Comment below or reach out to me (630–551–8482 or my last-name.first-name at Gmail

There are a number of other strategies I have implemented, but the above items listed are my highest priority items. I do not always succeed at executing these mention strategies on a daily basis but I try my best!