My 2 1/2 year old son, runs around the house yelling, “I’m not tired!” as he loses total control and has a meltdown. Sure, he’s not tired…”Mamma, I’m not tired at all!”
I realize my son, speaks with great wisdom and honesty. I know oh too well, how to stay up way past my tired place, and then discover the next day I am completely wore-out. Yet, I’ll go through my day, and do it all over again. “I’m not tired!” But the truth is I’m exhausted…emotionally and physically at times… But of course, I just won’t let myself fall asleep.
Does this ever happen to you?
I find in this day and age I’m always feeling the need to be connected. Connected to all this stuff in the World Wide Web. I need to be fed by it, and nourished by it. And because I’ve become so involved in it, my mind at times finds it so hard to just be calm…and thus to just close my eyes and fall asleep. I need to be better about disengaging!
Other times I feel like I just need to be alone, to discover something, to just relax. And then I end up busying myself with something and staying up too late at night—Like listening to music that energizes me rather than relaxes me…
My eyes are tired.
My mind is tired.
My body is tired.
“So just go to bed, Why don’t you?!”
But, “I’m not tired!”
Stop lying to myself, I say.
I realize that as I have become intentional about caring for myself by listening to my own breath better & getting to know myself deeper I have become happier and healthier. But I need to rest more. I need to be intentional about taking the time to let myself deeply sleep.
So I am going to work on
- Washing my face and being intentional about imagining that I am washing away all the stresses of the day and leaving them behind.
- Drying my face and freeing myself of tomorrow’s worries—my face is refreshed and calm.
- Walking myself up to bed earlier—allowing myself to be done with the day, and leaving it downstairs–making my bedroom a place to truly relax.
- Taking the time to listen to my husband’s meditation music before falling asleep—creating a sense of bodily-felt calm.
- Taking the time to pray and be connected to the Divine or to Meditate—It helps me let go of my worries that might be left too deep to be washed away, and placing them in hands of the Sacred who can carry all things that I cannot.
What about you? What do you do to help yourself rest and fall asleep? Are you intentional about allowing yourself to go to bed when you need to?
May you discover a sense of peace within yourself…
Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
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