Small Changes Challenge - Days 6 and 7
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Tuesday’s task was to make some ‘me’ time. Well – as I am retired that is only difficult if I have a lot on. When I’m really busy, stopping never seems to be an option until I’ve got through everything that is needed. I probably need to make some changes there but the for the rest of my life taking time out is not difficult so altho I’ve taken the ideas on board I haven’t actually practised because yesterday was a ‘day off’ anyway. WILL, however, try and remember next time I’m pressed.
Today is ‘Catch some ZZZs’ Easier said than done in my case unfortunately. I never have trouble GOING to sleep but some nights I wake anytime between 3.0 and 5.0 a.m. or even earlier occasionally, and I’m wide awake as if it were morning. I call it the ‘ping’ syndrome – in other words, some internal alarm clock PINGs and more often than not it’s the end of my night and leaves me with a wrecked day. There are various handy hints in the Spark article accompanying today’s tasks – establish a regular and timely bedtime routine – make some warm milk – do something gentle away from the bedroom and various other things that we've probably all tried. My good Spark friend Caz has various tricks to send herself back to sleep but although they often work they’re not infallible and so she would tell you – as nothing seems to be. This morning I 'pinged' at 6.0 which is fine with me - seemed quite civilised! Along with so many others I’d love to find a permanent solution to this problem which is one of my biggest.
All in all the Small Changes recommended are useful and are making me more aware of the points in my life where changes could usefully be made especially as they are backed up with practical advice.