We all know what it feels like to spend the day feeling sleepy and slow to navigate the waters of our life, but most of us underestimate the far-reaching effects of sleep deprivation. When we wake feeling sluggish and disorientated from a lack of proper sleep, we find ourselves more susceptible to being irritable and short fused with anyone who has the misfortune of crossing our paths. The entire quality of our life suffers and we have to work twice as hard to get things done, especially when it comes to creative, critical thinking. How much more difficult is it to stay really present, alert and focused in a meeting when you’re tired? Or make headway on a creative project or finish studying for that last exam? Whatever the task may be, when it requires our presence and clarity, a good nights sleep is one of the best self-care practices we can have. Combine a good nights sleep with daily meditation and exercise and you will be absolutely UNSTOPPABLE! Your life as you know it, will take on an entirely different form. Are you ready for that kind of transformation in your life? I know I am!
Just imagine what your life would be like if you were well rested during your waking hours. How much more productive would you be? What would the quality of your interactions with other people look like? How would the people closest to you benefit from this new version of you, the calmer, more centered and present you? What would it feel like to live life at your optimal potential with a strong and healthy immune system ready to battle any invaders that threaten your wellbeing? Are you beginning to sense just how life changing this critical self-care act really is?
If you are caught in a cycle of staying up too late and waking feeling tired, then changing this one daily habit might just be the thing that ignites a massive transformation in your life. You may want to consider taking a look at your own sleep cycle and assess whether or not it rejuvenates and leaves you feeling well rested, refreshed and energized.
If you can relate, then I would like to invite you to participate in the MindBodyBeing Holistic Self-Care Sleep Challenge!
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