If there's one thing we could all use more of, it's time. Time to get all we want to accomplish finished and still have time to sleep. Because, sleep. SLEEP is rad.
I know, I know, if you are east-coasters, you are not going to be reading this ON Sunday, making this late. But, for me having a slow day is SUPER important. I fight my tendency to follow a timeline and get bummed out if everything isn't my way. We sleep in if possible, make waffles and enjoy the day. Today was no different. We slept and ate a bit, watched the Seahawks game (while I ran on the treadmill) and ran errands (Christmas shopping) before I headed to work. I love it.
In the past (at least 10 years), the thing I neglected the MOST was sleep. Sleep and me time. During that time I tried to convince myself that I shouldn't be tired. If I can still perform well, I must be fine. But I was tired. So tired. All the time. It took me WELL OVER an entire YEAR to recover. I slept 8-10 hours a night AND napped every day. I did, and I feel like a new person. A person I forgot existed. A person with fight, vigor and inspiration. I can't tell you how many people say I look "younger", "so much healthier", "happier", "stronger", "rested", "loved".
What changed? I learned to listen to myself. I slept when I was tired instead of convincing myself to keep on plugging away because "I shouldn't be". I had quite time when I was feeling overwhelmed. I made lists. I journaled. I took time with friends. I let myself be okay with rescheduling or canceling workouts if I was too tired or life changed course for the day/week - whatever! I learned to be bendy. Go with the flow. Most of all, I learned to not judge how I was feeling. Instead, I honored how I was feeling. I listened to my intuition.
I know it's not an easy thing to do. it's hard. It takes practice. It takes time. Whatever it takes, it's worth it. I'm not kidding, I feel like a NEW PERSON, who is at least 10 years younger. All it took was a little (lot) of sleep.
Sorry if you were looking for a gift idea. I guess what you could do is watch somone's kids for a slumber party. Make sure your loved ones are getting some time for themselves. And by goodness, do it for yourself - if for no other reason than it will make you more enjoyable to be around.
CHEERS to that!