• Back to Center,  The Complexities of Life

    Back to Center: Update 6.5

    The Recovering Pessimist: Back to Center: Update 6.5 -- After several days of not getting enough rest, enough was enough. I finally had to adjust my bedtime routine. Thankfully, it was easier than expected. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimist Rest. It’s something that always seems to elude me. On weekdays, I tend to get 6-7 hours of sleep a night and wake up tired. Weekends are a bit better because I sleep in and take naps. But even then, I still wake up tired. It’s annoying to wake up feeling like you slept four hours when your sleep app says that you got 6.5 hours of sleep.

    Plus, after a few days of unrestful sleep, I start to feel the effects. Crankiness and an inability to think clearly are the top two. I spent most nights, working on my laptop and/or phone until around 10ish. Then, I would watch TV until I fell asleep on the sofa.

    Enough was enough.

    I needed to change my bedtime routine. After some research, I stopped using my laptop at least 30 minutes before I go to bed. It’s a simple change that’s paid off well. Since making that one change, falling asleep is easier and I wake up feeling more rested.

    When you know better, you do better, right?




  • The Complexities of Life

    Random Thought #19: Fresh Starts

    The Recovering Pessimist: Random Thought #19: Fresh Starts - Having a bad day is inevitable. How you choose to deal with that bad day is what matters...because you'll have another bad day. | www.therecoveringpessimist.me #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistI have bad days.

    You have bad days.

    We ALL have bad days.

    Having a bad day is one of my top five things I don’t enjoy experiencing. It’s right up there with menstrual cramps and migraines. Experiencing them is inevitable, however, I choose how I deal with them. I can wallow in pain, or I can develop coping mechanisms to make them manageable. I use the same approach for bad days.

    For example, I tell myself the following:

    • Today will come to an end.
    • While today was bad, today could’ve been worse.
    • Midnight brings a fresh start of 24 hours for me to make good use of.

    I’ll be honest, sometimes none of the above works and that’s okay. In those instances, I come home and try to decompress. If that doesn’t work, I shower, eat, and go to bed. Sometimes, turning my brain off is what’s needed to escape from the claws of a bad day.

    [bctt tweet=”It’s all about how you choose to deal with bad days. Choose wisely.” username=”MsWalton”]

    Until next time,