posted by Anonymous on 26 April, 2020
i wrote a piece about positivity that gained some traction on social media. even some writers i respect commented on it. i posted it quickly, and i had a huge typo. no one pointed it out to me, but i realized it tonight and went back to correct it. i am so embarrassed and now can’t sleep. how do you cope with feeling ashamed and anxious at night especially? thanks!
hi there! what you're feeling is completely normal. sure, people will tell you it's not that big of a deal, that nobody will care about that small (or huge) typo. and you know what? they're right, of course, but, for some reason, that doesn't make you feel better. you can't avoid feeling ashamed or embarrassed, especially at night, because that's when all your mistakes come crushing in. however, there are some ways you can deal with that. as someone already told you, mindfulness exercises are a great way to deal with your anxiety. melatonin, "the sleep hormone", is also a great way to regulate your sleeping patterns and to help you fall asleep. however, as a supplement, you should never take without a doctor's prescription. if you want to regulate your own melatonin levels, a good tip is to never use electronic devices before going to bed. other useful advice are things like exercising during the day (but never at night) or doing a little bit of light reading before falling asleep. as in everything else, you need to find for yourself what works and what doesn't. finally, congrats for what you wrote. if it was acknowledged, i bet it was darn good! keep up the good work!