This morning I woke up at 5 am and couldn't get back to sleep. If you're an early riser it might not sound that bad to you, but I have my alarm set at 6.55 am and had gone to sleep with that time in mind. . .
So at first I did what I always do when this happens -- I kept changing position, willing myself to go back to sleep.
But then it was suddenly after 6 and the morning already felt really long, and I hadn't even left bed yet. Not being able to sleep usually puts me in a really bad mood, cause I feel so crappy, and I didn't want to spend my day like that.
So after cuddling with the dog I resolved to turn the very early day around, tiptoed to my closet and pulled on sweatpants and a sweatshirt (the basement is really cold), and headed downstairs with the puppy in tow to our squat rack.
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Do something good with the extra time you now have
I've just recovered from a cold so I took it pretty easy, and spent around 15 minutes doing barbell squats and overhead presses with a plate and stretched afterwards. And I felt so much better! I mean you usually do after a workout, but I was in an unusually good mood at work and was dancing around in my chair listening to bluegrass covers on Spotify. That's really not how I usually am when I am sleep deprived.
Sometimes it really doesn't take a lot to turn a day around, but it can still be a challenge. Especially when you're lying in bed begging to go back to sleep -- leaving bed to do something is like admitting defeat and finally giving up on the possibility of more sleep.
But if you can do something good for yourself -- be it a workout or reading a book or cleaning up the kitchen -- you turn it into something good that you wouldn't have done if you had slept until your alarm. Of course I prefer to sleep as long as I can, but pushing myself to do something productive totally changed the outlook of my day and it's those small things that really make a difference.
Practicing to do that, even when it feels hard, is what will help you keep your good mindset and habits alive for when you really need them.
8 energizing things to do to get through the day
So even though you've made your best to have a good mental health day, you're still dead tired, right? Try these 8 tips to get through the day until you can go to bed again!
Update: a mere 8 hours after posting this I found myself wide awake, again, looking sadly at my phone who told me that it was only 4.30 am. I managed to fall back asleep after a while, but then the dog (who has a troublesome stomach) NEEDED to go out 40 minutes before my alarm.
I'm not gonna lie, being on day 2 of lack of sleep and having to chase the cat who snuck out into the yard is not a good combination. I kept angrily telling myself "You JUST wrote about this! Get a grip!" So, to not make myself a liar, I went here and updated and fine-tuned my post. I'm still tired, and it will definitely be a Monster day to not make mistakes at work, but still -- I did something good and creative with the time, which I'm proud of, and once again I'm beginning my day in a better way than if I just had laid in bed feeling sorry for myself.
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