I listened to a podcast recently where the guest* described a method he uses to fall asleep. He described personifying ones worries as if they were characters sitting around a board table. He called the technique, “the chairman of the board.”
- Imagine all your worries as members around a large board table.
- Focus on the member to the far left.
- Before engaging this member “assume positive intent.”
- Ask them how many minutes it might take for them to explain their worry.
- They might say 5 and you might ask them to try to explain it in 1 minute.
- Let them explain their worry.
- When they run out of things to say, ask them if they are done and have them take a seat.
- Continue to the next board member.
- Once every member voices their worry, notice if the chatter in your mind is still present.
- If a new worry pops up at the end of the board meeting, repeat the steps above and let the new member take a seat.
- Enjoy the quiet.
* Technique described by Safi Bahcall.