2.2 (E) Exercise 3: Tapping
Tapping is a great way to get your body BACK to sleep after waking up at night. This exercise does require a little practice, though, as in order for this to really work, you need to immediately get your mind focused onto the tapping, before many thoughts come in. It is easier to tap back to sleep when you are relaxed and not inundated by thoughts.
During the day, this is a great distractor. When you start to feel anxiety build, you can come into tapping. This can help bring your focus away from what you are feeling inside, as you focus on what is going on outside. By practicing this, you are telling the mind that you are more interested in what is happening in the real world, not what is being conjured up in the mind. It's a way to keep the body focused on the exterior, instead of the interior of our mind, that want to try to swallow us up so frequently...
Tapping is also a great way to get your mind focused before meditation, as a way to keep the mind focused on your relaxation, and away from annoying thoughts.