Insomnia Power up (or power down?)
I love this idea of taking a gameful approach to life's challenges. It's something I've done in bits and pieces, but never really considered applying in all areas. I'm about halfway through the Superbetter book now, and am really enjoying it.
One thing that stood out to me is your idea of finding words that contain a combination of letters as part of a mental exercise. It reminded me of a game I play when I have trouble getting to sleep. I call it the "Gratitude Dictionary". I imagine I'm holding a dictionary that contains all things in life I'm grateful for. I open it to a random letter and start reading it. For example, if it opens on the letter S, I might be looking at Superbetter. And right after that, Superman. Then there's the supermarket with all that fresh produce, the surprise party that someone threw for me on my 30th birthday... You get the picture. The key is, it needs to be an exhaustive list -- literally! It's rare that I make it into the next letter of the alphabet. I'm usually sound asleep within 60 seconds.
Working a stressful job I know all the thoughts that can swirl around in your head at night. Did I remember this, gotta make sure to do that tomorrow, and that...I used to try to picture a completely empty cube. Maybe 10 ft square. The only thing inside is me and my dog sleeping by my side. It's lit up by a soft light with no source. I can also make things appear like a piece of pizza or a dog biscuit. Every time some random thought tries to get in, I just start over. Usually asleep in 60 seconds as well.
This is a great idea Ken, thanks for sharing it.