The temptation is strong to push though the exhaustion and finish that last bit of what is on the schedule for the day. You know that if you leave it for the next morning that it will cause hours of laying awake and staring at the ceiling while the agony of unfinished business keeps you tied to the waking world like a restless spirit. How could this have happened, you think. Every other week on this day you manage to finish the entirety of your business. Did you hang out on YouTube for too long last night? Are you *gasp* getting lazy? What to do, what to do?
My advice for this downward spiral of self-blame and recrimination?
As long as you are genuinely working to achieving your personal goals, do not allow yourself to be dragged into this damaging thought process. There will be days in your journey that will be more difficult than others. Days where the traffic sucks and you have a flat tire right in the middle of the snarl. Evenings where the stresses of the day catch up with you and you are so tired that you just want to relax into a nice warm bath and soak your troubles away before burrowing yourself into your fluffy blankets and resolving to live the rest of your life as a blanket burrito.
There is no shame in being a blanket burrito.
We must all resolve to remember that even the most energetic people will get tired. We get run down. We get ill. Some days we roll out of bed with the largest case of the ‘I can’t possiblys’ that has ever been birthed from the blanket fort.
You cannot drink from an empty cup.
You certainly would not deny your body’s needs for food or water, would you? Then why would you skimp on sleep? Good rest is necessary to good brain and body function. Lost sleep can raise your blood pressure, decrease your reaction time, and affect your memories as well as emotions. Without good rest there is no way that you can finish running the marathon of life.
Listen to your body’s needs. If it is telling you that you are in need of rest, then spend some time relaxing. Sleep for a bit. Adjust your schedule if need be. Discover how much down time you need and actually take it.
After all, life may be short, but what’s the point if you can’t enjoy it because all you want is a nap.
You are amazing; you are beautiful. You can do this!