This week was not as stellar.
It's the sleep thing. Normally, I was getting 6-7 hours a night, which was not enough for me. I was chronically tired. So I vowed to bump it up to 7-8 hours. One hour out of a 24 hour day- no problem, right?
Well, turns out that that one hour, while only 1/24th of the day, accounts for 110% of any "free time" I might have had. Because I can't really take that hour away from work, kids activities, etc. And I am trying to keep on top of groceries, laundry etc. So that hour basically was taken from my reading, sewing, knitting, visiting, etc time.
This week I felt that. I was reading a good book (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- a real tear jerker!) and I tend to get all OCD when in the middle of something that captures me, and I just wanted to stay up late and read it, darn it! So I did, and as a result I gave up some sleep and had a couple mornings of being overtired, oversleeping, skipping exercise, snapping at the kids and feeling generally miserable. But on the flip side- I really enjoyed reading that book :)
Food is also a problem for me- apparently I lack self discipline in that regard. This week I will strive to fuel my body with healthier choices.
But I have to say, despite these set backs, I still had many moments of really feeling connected (especially with my kids), in the moment and that my overall stress was reduced. I caught myself a few times when I was starting to become stress over inconsequential things, and nipped it in the bud. I approached each day with a positive attitude- when asked "How are you?" I would reply with an enthusiastic, "Great, thanks!" and that often set the tone.
I am only human, and have learned some valuable things this week. This is a process and perfection is unlikely, but I am getting there! Just need to sort out the balance that allows for all the pieces to fit.
Have a GREAT week, friends!