Inspired by Nicola at Which Name?, I’m attempting to find more balance in my life, one step at a time. Each month I’m incorporating something into my life that should help me feel a bit more balanced, relaxed, and calm.
Last month I chose meditation. While I’m not meditating every day, I am meditating between 10-20 minutes each day, roughly 5 days a week. On days I successfully meditate, I do feel more balanced. It’s easier to control my scatter of a brain and stay calm throughout a day spent with young children.
This month I’m choosing sleep. April is going to be a very busy month for my family. My partner will be traveling out of town half the month and we’ll be traveling one weekend together; my in-laws will be visiting; and every weekend has something happening. I like to get up at 5am before the rest of the family. It’s my time to practice asana, read, and walk the dog. Waking at 5am, however, is difficult when I don’t get to sleep until 10:30 or 11 the night before. So…for April I’m going to try to be in bed by 9pm. I will read for an hour and turn off the light by 10pm.
With my partner gone so much of the month, I need to stay well rested because I won’t be getting a break. Some friends will be helping here and there during the day, but it’ll just be me at night and I can’t count on the kids to sleep throughout it. Lights out at 10pm should help. Here’s to a restful April!