In the ‘being’ mode you aim to take much more notice of your body and of your surroundings.
You might still have the same thoughts swirling around your mind. But rather than focusing on them, you learn to acknowledge them in a compassionate way. And recognise that they are just thoughts.
One approach is to try to see your thoughts as passing clouds. You are still aware of them and acknowledge them. It’s almost as if you are an observer noting the thoughts, but not acting on them.
You aren’t trying to stop these thoughts, and probably couldn’t even if you tried. You don’t need to get upset, disappointed or even angry that you are having them. The idea is to view them in a different way.
And by doing so, you can prevent the downward spiral of increasing worry, anxiety and stress keeping you awake at night.
This is, of course, easier said than done, and it can take time and patience to really feel the difference.
Don’t let that stop you though: the rewards are well worth the effort.
On an informal basis you can also cultivate mindfulness, by focusing your attention on your moment-to-moment sensations during everyday activities.
This is done by single-tasking – doing one thing at a time and giving it your full attention. As you brush your teeth, lock the house, lock your car door, eat an apple, slow the process down and be fully present as it unfolds, being aware of involving all of your senses.