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First of all, before we begin, let me rewind to the beginning of this year. I don’t know about you, but I started this year, excited yet physically tired and emotionally drained. In today’s post I would like to share with you a new habit I am developing which makes a massive difference to my sense of well being and energy levels.
Like most of you, I have a family, and juggle the many demands on my time. Trying to find time to care for myself, took second place to everything else going on in my life. My divorce came through the end of last year and my ex finally moved out. Much as I appreciate the space, freedom and ease from those two events, the last few years of trying to hold the ship together, being there for my girls, putting a brave face on for my parents and trying to sustain motivation and energy for my business took its toll.
Over Christmas I felt the fullness of what I was holding in-coming out.
However, this year, I am determined to put self-care fully on my agenda. I know the difference high energy levels make to my life and with my 50th birthday approaching at the end of this year, I am determined to greet 50, smiling and in fine form.
Lack Of Sleep Was Killing Me
I am blessed by good friends and I remember off-loading to my dear friend Marcia at the beginning of the year about how drained and tired I was and how little sleep I got. I moaned that if only I could be in bed by 11.00pm at the latest I would feel better, have more energy to wake up early, do my daily practice and feel more in control of work and on top of the housework – instead of burning the midnight oil and being on my laptop-writing/blogging, twittering or reading/responding to emails till past 1.00pm.
Marcia just looked at me and said:
“Do It. All you have to do is “switch-off your laptop, say goodnight to your girls and go to bed”.
It sounds so simple yet the mode I was in, meant I couldn’t “just do it”. I was on some kind of mad merry-go-round (my default mode of coping with stress is to get extra busy and I have to consciously make myself slow down) and the thought of letting go –of what I am not sure-seem too much a hurdle. Yet the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated the simplicity of Marcia’s advice.
Like you, I read a lot of spiritual and personal development books and know the inner and outer game we play with ourselves. I know the value of sleep, I know how to get a good night’s sleep yet I wasn’t doing it. Looking back, I was relying on my yogic training and skills to carry me through each day, yet without making time to rest, and replenish my system I was effectively living on borrowed air and denying myself the right to naturally rest and feel revived each day.
What Did I Do?
To get myself back in routine on:
Friday 6th February 2012 I set myself the goal of being in bed by 11.00pm.
I initially aimed to do this for 21 days – as an experiment.
We are now coming to the end of February and I am pleased to report for the last 50 days, give or take a few late nights, I am generally in bed by 11pm. YES!!!!
It may sound real simple and obvious to you, yet for me, aiming to be in bed by 11.00pm and actually working out a routine to do that has been an interesting experience. I am a creature of habit, and there are certain habits I have adopted over the years-some good and some not-so productive, which meant I struggled with Marcia’s simple advice. So, for me, just aiming to be upstairs and in bed by 11.00pm has had a major impact on my daily routine and how I now aspire to work and live my life.
My ultimate goal is to be in bed between 10.00-10.30pm.
Do You Have Trouble Getting A Good Night’s Sleep?
Once I am asleep I always sleep well yet I know, from chatting with friends and my yoga students, a lot of you have trouble falling asleep and getting a good night’s sleep.
If you are disciplined and always in bed by 11.00pm or earlier, then I take my hat off to you. Please share your secrets in the comment box below!
However, if you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, switching off, or know someone who is a poor sleeper, the next few posts are just for you. I will share with you some simple yogic strategies and natural sleeping tips you can use to help you sleep well and wake up refreshed and revived. I hope you enjoy these posts. If you are not on my email list, I’d love you to subscribe and receive all future postings straight away.
In the meantime, have a restful day and sleep well tonight!
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