Ever since my goodbye in October of last year, my mind forces me into a torturous ritual before bed. No matter how exhausted I may be, I can never drift peacefully off to sleep. Although my pain is more manageable... without exaggeration, I think of my cat Frinks every single night. I think about the happy memories we've shared, I think about what I miss most and on unfortunate occasions I think of him dying all over again in the vet clinic. The worst thing of all is the recollection of me scolding him for things that seem so silly now. I know this isn't uncommon, especially for those who are obsessive thinkers or those who have suffered trauma. There isn't really a more suitable group of people I could ask than you so:
Any advice of how to get to sleep without this hour long process would be very much appreciated. I would prefer no recommendations of medication but instead some mental exercises? Maybe ways one could distract themselves to sleep? Honestly, even someone's personal experiences with something similar would bring me comfort. Thank you so much in advance.
Please stay safe and healthy out there<3