I think we all have a desire to make our lives a little bit better. I read a lot about things that can make life a bit easier, healthier or more productive. But the hardest thing is making the time right?
To quote Matthew Kelly - “On the one hand, we want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy”.
This realisation struck a serious chord. To get back to the sleep topic - I knew very well there were things that I could do to help me sleep - turn off the devices (yeah but how would I read my kindle app on my iPad? Isn’t reading meant to help?), have a bath (don’t have a bath/time) have dedicated wind down time (I have better things to do with that time) etc etc - but I didn’t think I had time for any of this because I would get stressed about needing to go to bed and getting enough sleep. Then I would stay awake stressing about not sleeping. Super productive I know! And especially hard when coming home buzzed from shows or concerts...
Recently I have made myself have a routine and I blimmin love it. I got myself a Shakti Mat (an acupressure mat and no this post is not sponsored by them) and every night I lie on it with my wheat bag, put on some handy dandy lavender oil, put a blanket over me and listen to a TED talk for anywhere between 10-20min. If you don’t listen to TED talks already get amongst - there is a huge range of experts talking about their respective fields and you can learn a lot while literally lying down and doing absolutely nothing (I just listen to the audio at night instead of watching).
Yes we are all busy but busy ain’t so glamorous when you can’t function. I’m by no means saying “do this” but find something that works for you and give yourself even 10 minutes of it. Make a little bit of time and you will thank yourself.