It is Sunday night, and I am sitting here on the couch staring at my grocery list for tomorrow. I have been trying to make my list for 30 minutes and only have 4 things on it. I know for a fact we need more than four things. But what they are is totally beyond me right now.
I realize as I sit here that I am totally and completely exhausted. The last few weeks have rendered me completely useless. I have had some amazing experiences along with some not so great moments. Each have helped to contribute to less sleep and that sleep deprivation leads to more sleep deprivation. Instead of sleeping sounder, the more tired I am the less sleep I get. I lay awake and think about everything I haven’t gotten done or need to do in the future.
Here is a brief recap of my month so far:
- To start the month off my husband got sick which meant he spent a few days home from work and this always throws off my schedule.
- Then we spent a long weekend at my in laws house which always leads to less sleep. I hate sleeping in a bed that isn’t mine. While my youngest stayed with her grandparents, the rest of us went to a Steelers game in Pittsburgh which was amazing even though we lost.
- The day after we got home, I helped my friend celebrate her birthday at a Bruno Mars concert. Another wonderful experience but that night I netted a total of 3 ½ hours of sleep.
- Then this past Friday my youngest underwent sleep dentistry (basically dental work while under anesthesia). We had to be up at 5:00 am. She was under for about 3 hours and had 7 teeth pulled and 3 cavities filled. I know, horrible teeth combined with an extreme fear of the dentist results in lots of problems.
- Add to that my oldest came home from college for her fall break and my youngest turned 9 today!
Woo. . . just talking about all of it has made me exhausted! Not that the rest of the month looks any less tiring. Next weekend is homecoming and then Halloween. But right now I need to regroup and get this month back on track.
But how? These 5 simple steps will help you battle that exhausted feeling!
Make a list of things you need to get done by the end of the month and break it down into manageable chunks. But be sure to include a timeline so that you stay on track to complete the list. Your Bullet Journal might be the perfect place for this list!
Make an effort to go to bed earlier even if you don’t think you will be able to sleep. Your body can only do so much before it shuts down. And then you open yourself up to getting sick as well. And no one has time for that!
Ask for help! This is a rough one for me. I hate admitting that I don’t have everything under control.
Realize that perfection is not always the answer. So the living room doesn’t get dusted this week or even this month. It is not the end of the world! Prioritize and then release the rest.
Slow down and breathe! Don’t get so caught up in the small stuff that you miss the bigger moments in life. I would have totally missed my daughter’s smile on the hayride at the pumpkin patch today if I had been worried about all the laundry that was sitting at home that needed done.
So I am going to try to utilize these five steps to try to get my month back on track, and I encourage you to do the same. Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life. They go by way too fast, and you will look back and regret spending so much time worrying about the things you can’t control.