The ego loves to bypass the body’s need for sleep and rest. It thrives on the conditioning of society that places value on getting ahead and tireless effort, saying that a real successful person NEVER quits. We grow up thinking that our futures will be filled with disdain towards our bosses, as we sacrifice most hours of the day working towards other people’s goals and catching up on laundry during our weekend free time. We were never told that our quality of output is actually based on how well we love and treat ourselves, not how well we can sacrifice our human needs. And yes, it is true, that a real successful person never quits on their goals, but what you may not know is that they are savants at self care and they certainly know when to take a break.
Cutting on sleep to get ahead can be a pretty detrimental thing, however, if you are naturally one of those enigmas who only gets four hours of sleep at night and feels great, then more power to you. I’m assuming you take naps? Regardless, what this is about is listening to your body and understanding the repercussions if you do not.
Here is a list of some very common side effects associated with sleep deprivation:
- Impaired Memory
- Poor Concentration
- Impaired Judgement
- Lowered Stress Threshold
- Reduced Sociability
- Lowered Optimism
- Shifts in Vital Signs
- Poor Tissue Repair
- Weight Gain
- Increased risk for High Blood Pressure
- Increased risk for Heart Disease
A great way to catch up on sleep is to treat yourself to a little shut eye for thirty minutes to an hour each day as often as you can or need. If you feel you need it, instead of telling yourself that you have too much to do and you don’t have time, instead tell yourself how much more productive you’ll be since you are giving your body and mind this time to heal. Also keep in mind that the is not a reflection on your willpower as a person, this is you realizing that you have a brain and a body that has needs just like the car you drive and they need to be maintained. You don’t really have a choice in the matter.
Relaxation is different from rest but it is also just a important. Relaxation can be thought of as the passive activities that you enjoy. Such as reading a book, watching your favorite movie with your partner or kids, knitting, journaling, taking a bath, drawing, cooking, etc. These things have a very positive influence on your mind as they allow you to let go. Commonly, our brain is trying to compartmentalize, plan and control our daily circumstances and the only way to have balance is by allowing your brain to relax and sink into your positive, restful space.
This can in turn be beneficial in:
- Your Body
- Your Productivity
- Your ability to Problem Solve
- Your state of Happiness
- Your Creativity
- Reducing your Stress Levels
More and more, people are waking up and realizing that our bodies have needs and that this ideal of a Super Human might not be realistic and that it is definitely not sustainable. Individually, we are intuitively learning how to better take care of ourselves and it is through sharing that we may be able to help others gain the licensing to take better care of themselves too! I hope you feel inspired to make self care a priority for yourself and see how you will be able to support others around you so much more because of it. Lots of love, and if you’d like, please share your favorite way to self care in the comments below!