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20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

Have you gone skiing this season? No? The good news for all ski lovers is that there are loads of incredible places worldwide where you can ski all year long – and even all day long! Here are just 20 resorts you should seriously consider as your next skiing destination!

1. Meribel, France

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    Absolutely lovely resort sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens, this place has less crowds and more budget-friendly accommodations. The scenery is as beautiful and as luxurous as that of Courchevel, yet the prices tend to be at half the price. Be sure to grab a glass of the local mulled wine at the end of the day. It’s simply magnificent!

    – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €80 per night.
    – Weather: Mostly sunny and dry during January, with average temperatures at -5 to 2 degrees Celsius.
    – Travel tip: Don’t miss the huge indoor ice rink and a swimming pool!

    2. Cervinia, Italy

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      Situatted just on the opposite side of a popular Swiss ski resort Zermatt, Cervinia resort and hotels prices tend to be about half the cost, with the same array of skiing tracks. The place is great for both beginner and pro-riders. Just make sure you don’t run into Switzerland by accident.

      – Accommodations: You can rent out an apartment for a week starting at €250 per person.
      – Weather: Daily average temperatures fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during during winter.
      – Travel tip: Freestylers should check out “IndianPark” with over 400 meters of incredible kickers and rails. Be sure you stay ’til late, as the hottest parties happen there too!

      3. Girdwood, Alaska

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        This place recently got an accolade from “National Geographic” as the best “Off-the-beaten-path powder hounds with an aversion to glamour”. Pro-skiers will love nearly vertical slopes with hardly any other folks around, along with 360 degree perspective views opening from treeless tops! Not to miss: cat-skiing and heli-skiing offered at the base of the resort. Plus, take a day trip to nearby Anchorage to unwind on your rest day. The city is absolutely lovely.

        – Accommodations: Double rooms run from €46 per night.
        – Weather: Average temperatures range from -12 to -8 degrees Celsius during winter. Make sure you know these hacks for keeping your feet warm while skiing.
        – Travel Tip: March is the best time to visit, as there is an average of 12 hours of daylight and it get’s just a tiny bit warmer.

        4 . Klosters, Switzerland

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          An incredibly charming, chalet-style village just a few miles away from Davos and seeimingly divided into two main areas. Klosters Platz, where all cool kids hang out in the bars and shop ‘tll they drop at exquisite boutiques, along with fine red and black pistes accessible by a cable-car. And Klosters Dorf, with loads of nursery slopes to practice. Riding off-piste is pretty impressive too. Did you know Klosters is Prince Charles’s favorite resort?

          – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €90 per night.
          – Weather: Daily averages of -9 to -8 degrees Celsius during the winter.
          – Travel tip: On your rest day, check out Davos Kirchner Museum dedicated to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

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          5. Soldeu, Andorra

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            Being part of the Grand Valira ski resort – the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees with 205 kilometers of runs – Soldeu is well-known for it’s sloping hills suitable for both beginners and intermediate skiers, along with a few fine black pistes for seasoned professionals.

            – Accommodations: Doubles start at €60 per night.
            – Weather: Daily averages of -5 to -2 degrees Celsius.
            – Travel tip: You can easily drive to nearby Spanish or French towns for a day trip, as Andorra is really quite compact.

            5. Zakopane, Poland

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              One of the hottest new ski destinations this year, Zakopane, offers amazingly cheap ski passes and a great array of terrains that both professional and beginners will admire. Add the excellent Polish cuisine (roasted lamb is an absolute must-try!), dirty cheap spas and a huge new water park nearby. Spending time in Zakopane would likely be fun, even for non-skiers.

              – Accommodations: Soubles start as low as €12 per night.
              – Weather: During the winter, daily temperatures range from -7 to -3 degrees Celsius.
              – Travel tip: Visit gorgeous Black Pond during your rest day.

              6. Geilo, Norway

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                Visiting Geilo may seem a bit pricey, but it is absolutely worth the splurge. Think about the five snow parks, a huge center for cross-skiing and one of the best spots for kite-skiing in the world! There are 39 slopes accessed by 20 lifts, with several easy green and blue pistes for newbies (along with a top-notch ski school), while more experienced skiers can check out Geilo’s extensive cross country system – 220 kilometers of tracks, including five km under floodlight.

                – Accommodations: from €80 a night, per double room. But if you plan on renting out a cabin,  prices can drop to €50 to €60 per person.
                – Weather: Daily averages of -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                – Travel Tip: Slopes are nearly empty in the morning as Norwegians tend to begin skiing late.

                7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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                  Being pretty remote, Jackson Hole is a dream destination for pro-skiers as it boasts the country’s longest continuous vertical relief, along with a bunch of nail-biting terrains and mind-blowing landscapes. Also, it’s a pretty darn great place to try heli-skiing!

                  – Accommodations: Start at €40 per double room.
                  – Weather: The daily average temperature ranges from -10 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                  – Travel Tip: National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park are just a stone’s throw away.

                  8. Jasna, Slovakia

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                    A hype destination for frugal young travelers, it comes with cheap beers and loads of budget accommodations available if booked in advance. Over 45 km of slopes, ranging from mild blue runs to breakneck freeride terrains.

                    – Accommodations: From €35 per double room.
                    – Weather: -6 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                    – Travel Tip: Nightlife in Jasna is epic, with loads of cool events hosted every other weekend during high season.

                    9. Bled, Slovenia

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                      Now, Bled may not have the giddiest pistes, yet it’s one of the most spectacular ski resorts in Europe. Watch glimpses of the sun disappear in the half-frozen Lake Blade, while riding down tree-covered slopes. And of course, you cannot miss visiting fairy-tale like Bled Castle!

                      – Accommodations: Starting at €30 for a double room.
                      – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -2 degrees Celsius during wintertime.
                      – Travel Tip: Should you crave for more twisted rides, check out slopes at Vogel, offering one of the biggest verticals in the area.

                      10. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

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                        Though it has one of the most spectacular ski terrains and deep puffy snow most time of the year, Fernie still stays off the travelers’ radar – which isn’t so bad after all! You can roam fresh tracks until the late afternoon and enjoy all of the wide open alpine bowls and daredevil chutes with hardly anyone else around. The town is charming, with loads of funky traditional houses and family-owned restaurants with moderate prices.

                        – Accommodations: From €56 per double room.
                        – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                        – Travel TipBean Pod has some seriously awesome coffee and homemade chocolates!

                        11. Kitzbühel, Austria

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                          A charming Tirol town with loads of medieval cobblestone lanes, Kitzbühel seems to be taken from a fancy chocolate box wrapper. Both intermediate and pros alike would admire long and extensive wide-open slopes with excellent views of Mt. Hahnenkamm and Kitzbühler Horn.

                          – Accommodations: Start at €80 per double room.
                          – Weather: Temperatures fall between -8 and -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                          – Travel Tip: You should definitely take a ride on the traditional horse-drawn sleighs.

                          12. Wanaka, New Zealand

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                            You would love Wanaka for the “Lord of the Rings” scenery and loads of daredevilry tricky runs, earning the city a reputation of one of the world’s premiere adventure towns. Choose Treble Cone if you are a sucker for a good view, while riding most pistes here go above the tree line.

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                            – Accommodations: Prices for a double room start at €42.
                            – Weather: Temps fall between -2 and 3 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                            – Travel tip: Don’t forget that seasons are reversed in NZ and ski season in Wanaka runs from June ’til October.

                            13. Niseko, Japan

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                              Due to harsh winds blowing from Siberia, mounts at Niseko, Hokkaido always stay covered with sparkling fresh powder. The terrain varies from legendary tree runs like Strawberry Fields and Miharashi, to mind blowing powder fields if you step a bit off-pesto.

                              – Accommodations: From €50 per double room.
                              – Weather: During he winter, temperatures from between -15 and -8 degrees Celsius.
                              – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough cash, as most shops and restaurants don’t accept credit cards. The closest ATM is 6 kilometers away in Kutchan.

                              14. Verbier, Switzerland

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                                Over 410 kilometers of pistes connected with 89 lifts and verticals ranging from 1500 meters to 3330 meters, makes Verbier a perfect choice for extreme junkies! Most runs are marked black, so make sure you’ve practiced well! Add to that the lively nightlife and a great choice of restaurants, and this place is all the more attractive.

                                – Accommodations: Start at €125 nightly for a double room.
                                – Weather: During the winter, temperatures fall in the range of -14 to -10 degrees Celsius.
                                – Travel Tip: If you’d like to splurge, head to Crock No Name – one of the most sophisticated places in town.

                                15. Portillo, Chile

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                                  Arguably one of the best ski resorts in South America, this place is well-known for huge mountain rains with epic views of the nearby Inca Lagoon. Seasoned skiers will fall in love with the local terrain and fabulous off-pisto tracks, making your guts cringe at first.

                                  – Accommodations: From €40 nightly per double room.
                                  – Weather: Temperatures fall between -5 and -2 degrees Celcius during the winter months. Note: seasons are also reversed here.
                                  – Travel tip: Experts should not miss Roca Jack, accessed by a high-elevation tow rope.

                                  16. Snowbird, Utah

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                                    Located in the very heart of marvelous Wasatch National Forest, Snowbird boasts mighty fine views, along with over 1,270 centimeters of snowfall per year. Yes, think loads of powder to chase on spectacular slopes!

                                    – Accommodation: From€ 60 per double room nightly.
                                    – Weather: The average temperatures fall between -8 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                                    – Travel tip: Head to Glen’s (named after Glen Doherty, a SEAL killed defending the U.S. consulate in 2012) if you crave a challenging, steep ride.

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                                    17. Tiffindell, South Africa

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                                      Tiffindell is one and only ski resort in South Africa with only two (ungraded) runs, yet the scenery here is simply jaw-dropping as the town lies in the shadows of the marvelous Mount Ben McDuie.

                                      – Accommodations: Start at € 100 nightly per double room.
                                      – Weather: The average temperature drop is between -21 to -10 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                      – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough warm clothes as the temperature often drops to -21 degrees Celsius.

                                      18. Riksgränsen, Sweden

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                                        Sweden ski resorts seem to be seriously underestimated, so you would hardly ever see any crowds around this place. Yet the very best thing is, you can still ski in Riksgränsen after bedtime, under the bright midnight sun.

                                        – Accommodations: From €105 nightly, per double room
                                        – Weather: Temperatures generally fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                        – Travel tip: Ride down Gransleden for a brief detour into Norway, before sliding back to Sweden.

                                        19. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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                                          This ski are has been called the most beautiful in the world for it’s unusual and dramatic peaks of the Dolomites lurking here and there from the snow (watch out for them, btw!).Yet, the beauty has it’s price – Cortina is a high-end resort with loads of boutiques, ladies in exquisite furs and luxury spas.

                                          – Accommodation: Start at €120 per double room.
                                          – Weather: During the winter, the average temperatures are between -7 and -2 degrees Celsius.
                                          – Travel tip: check out Enoteca Cortina wine cellar – Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bar where he once got so drunk during lunch that he could not return to skiing afterwards.

                                          20. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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                                            It’s hard to believe you are still in North America when you walk along the charming narrow lanes of Mount Tremblant. Styled after traditional French Alpine villages, this resort boasts some of the finest gourmet dishes and fresh pastries after a long day of exploring one of the 95 runs.

                                            – Accommodation: From €59 nightly, per double room.
                                            – Weather: The average winter temperatures fall between -10 and 02 degrees Celsius.
                                            – Travel tip: Opt for the pricey, yet amazing Scandinave Spa on your rest day.

                                            Featured photo credit: Full length of skier skiing on fresh powder snow via shutterstock.com

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                                            Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                            I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                            If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                            1. The Inner Critic

                                            This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                            • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                            The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                            Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                            2. The Worrier

                                            This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                            The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                            3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                            This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                            This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                            The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                            4. The Sleep Depriver

                                            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                            The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                            How can you control these squatters?

                                            How to Master Your Mind

                                            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                            This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                            1. For the Inner Critic

                                            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                            You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                            This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                            • They rile up the Worrier.
                                            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                            • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                            • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                            • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                            Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                            2. For the Worrier

                                            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                            • Muscles tense

                                            Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                            Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                            For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                            Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                            3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                            Breathe in through your nose:

                                            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                            • Focus on your belly rising.

                                            Breathe out through your nose:

                                            • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                            • Focus on your belly falling.
                                            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                            4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                            (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                            2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                            From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                            • Shut down your thinking
                                            • Calm your feelings
                                            • Simply focus on the present moment

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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