Thoughts and reflection after a tough week
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I've just completed week 2 of the Official Sleep Challenge, and the 1st week of the Stress Busting Challenge. The 2 are definitely related in my case!!
So, first to sleep and my progress - or the lack of progress.... This week has been awful - I have been very stressed out, I got a virus which stopped me from sleeping well for a few nights, and my appetite has been all over the place which makes me sleep badly too.
I did stick to my plan of no computer or phone an hour before bedtime, and caffeine only at lunchtime, but it didn't make any difference.
The stress side of things has been at its highest levels for some time this week - I have been threatened with a disciplinary process because I made a very genuine mistake, and inevitably this has had a pretty bad effect on my state of mind.
Being ill and stressed had a major impact on my head, and though I have been incredibly tired, I have simply been unable to get enough sleep and inevitably this is making things worse.
I recognised the missing element to my plan - the exercise - I haven't been able to exercise because I haven't been well, but tonight I managed to walk for about 40 mins, and I added extra walking to my travel to and from the office today and I feel much better as a result.
I'm going to head to bed early tonight, listen to some radio and reduce my stress levels before going to sleep. If I wake up during the night, and I usually do, well, I'll try to use some relaxation techniques and get back to sleep.
I can't pretend that this has been an easy week, and I'm disappointed that I don't have a list of lessons learned but I think the lessons will come slowly this time and after some reflection.
So no happy message this time, but certainly a real reflection of a hard week.