When I woke up at 3:11 this morning and could not fall back asleep, I went from super anxious to angry to sad to…determined. I’m exhausted ~ I’m one of those people who truly needs 8 hours of sleep on the regular to function. Two days in a row of troubled or interrupted sleep really gets to me and that’s where I’m at today.
But then I remembered…I don’t always have to be superwoman. I switched my perspective as I laid in bed. Instead of worrying about all the things I have on my to-do list, I was honest with myself about what I thought I could accomplish today without stressing myself out needlessly.
I decided that instead of going to cycling class after work, I’d simply go home and spend some time in my craft room because it’ll be good for my mental health. I have a project underway that I am eager to work on and finish in the next week or so. I figured that instead of tiring my physical body out further by a tough class I’d just give everything some rest.
I also decided to use that time crafting to also call the NYS DOH for my 1095-A form I need for my taxes. I assume I will be on hold much of that call so I can leisurely paint while I wait for someone to assist me. There doesn’t sound like any calmer of a way to handle that task.
Since I was awake anyway, I actually got out of bed at around 5:30 a.m. and washed, dried, and put away my laundry so I wouldn’t have to do it this night. Score for being ahead of the game here!
I also treated myself to a breakfast sandwich and an iced coffee, and took my time with my hair and makeup. Any stressed out, unhappy thought that’s come my way has made me tell myself to just relax – it’ll all get done at some point and that point isn’t right this second. I also packed in my lunch today two Oreo cookies as an afternoon indulgence. I haven’t eaten them as of yet but just knowing they are there makes me happy; knowing that I took the time to put them in a baggie for an “emergency” on a very tired, potentially stressful day makes me think: Damn, look at me all bein’ considerate and loving toward mahself. You go, girl!
So, if you are feeling a bit like me – overtired and overwhelmed by various aspects of life ~ try taking a few minutes to meditate on whatever it is that you feel is so important for you to take care of. What are the priorities, really? What can wait? What can be worked on for a few minutes every day or every week to get you to that end result?
And pack yourself a couple of your favorite cookies.