Being a friend to yourself, comes just when we need it. When conflicts of interest seduce us into confusion, into late nights of activity; a talk perhaps or a project, a subject of interest, yahoo news perhaps – it is then that being a friend to yourself lovingly redirects our thoughts to the priority of sleep.
During sleep, our friend reminds us that we will heal. We will receive treatment for the stressful day, better than medicine. We will allow our broken neuronal connections to regenerate. Our pantry will restock for clear thinking, kind behaviors to ourselves and emotions with ingredients like cortisol, hormones and neurotransmitters. During sleep, our memories will find there place in the folds between our cells and plant.
When someone wants to talk to us, a conflict grows importantly, or when we mistake good parenting for enabling bad sleeping habits in our children, our friend, Me, says sleep. Clarity and inner congruence swath us then and we know that we can’t give what we don’t have. Tomorrow we can do those things. Now, it’s time to sleep.
To ally yourself with your friend, Me, keep a sleep journal for a week and see how it looks.
Self-Care Tip: Sleep. Be a friend to yourself.
- It’s Smart to Sleep (my.psychologytoday.com)
- Use a “Sleep Diet” to Ward Off Weight Gain [Health] (lifehacker.com)
- Sleep Part 2: What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Body (paleoplan.com)
- Crap…. the weekend is over and i did not catch up on my sleep! (dudubeauty.wordpress.com)
- Brain scans show specific neuronal response to junk food when sleep-restricted (sciencedaily.com)
- The brain body connection – The first of the four major systems that maintain health (2012indyinfo.com)
- Sleep Deprivation Will Impact Your Ability to Turn Up At Work and At Home (innerwealth.me)
- Sleep Hygiene – my version (friendtoyourself.com)
- The 5 Most Common Mistakes Productive People Make (lifehack.org)