This post is part of a 31 day series.
The days when I struggle most to find meaningful moments are those when I am tired, stressed, and in need of some rest. There is no space for me to look for meaning when I’m running on empty. I’m just stumbling through my day, just doing what I can to make it through.
I know not everyone is as dependent on sleep as I am, but I know myself, and when I am sleep deprived, I am pretty much useless. But when I am well rested I am able to find the space I need to look for the meaning in the mundane.
If you have young kids, the time you wake up is likely non-negotiable. But you can control what time you get in bed at night. I know it’s hard (at least for me) to give up any of those precious hours at night when the kids are in bed and you finally have some time to yourself. But it’s worth it. Depending on what time you have to wake up in the morning, and how much sleep you need, set yourself a reasonable bedtime and stick to it.
Here are some more helpful posts on rest:
- Get More Sleep — Life as Mom
- Thirty-one Days of Rest — Sarah Markley
- Fourteen Tips to Getting More Sleep–and Why it Matters — The Happiness Project
Are you getting enough rest? Do you find that it’s harder to find meaningful moments in your day when you’re running low on sleep?