I confess I don’t much like summer. It’s too hot and humid here in the midwest. If I could order my weather as we do dinner, I’d order a nice crisp fall, with a gentle breeze in the air. Oh yes, that would do quite nicely. But without the contrast of a hot humid summer day, would I truly appreciate fall?
There’s much to like and enjoy about summer but in this stretch of 100 degree days, all those things seem to evaporate from my mind and all I feel is hot and humid and tired. What I do like though is that in the summer, I can forego the dryer and hang my clothes outside pretty much anytime. There are weekends I’ve been so lazy that it’s been after 4pm when I hang my clothes on the clothesline and the clothes still dry, even the towels! It’s pretty amazing. Granted they have been wrung quite thoroughly by the washer but still.
And of course it goes without saying that life would not exist without the sun. So thank you sun.
The solstice was just a couple of days ago. I took the time to check in with where I am with my goals and resolutions for the year.
I’ve made some progress but I also realized that more than anything else, I really need to work on self care. My sleep sucks. I am consistently sleep deprived and fatigued which just seeps into every aspect of my life.
I am rearranging my priorities and committing to them. For a while, my focus is:-
- Better sleep habits
- Positive affirmations
- Healthy food choices
- Emotional well-being
Two things compound to make me not even know what day it is. Persistent poor sleep, working weekends and long working days. So whereas today is Friday for most folks, it’s Monday for me. I work 1st shift (Friday to Monday ten hours a day). And I’m off Tuesday through Thursday.
It’s actually a great shift, the three days off are freaking awesome. Only one catch: insomnia. It’s the absolute worst!
And there’s the rub. Last night, I woke up at 11pm (not sure why); at 12am (from a neighbor’s child screaming) Then I think I slept at 1am and my alarm is set for 3:55am. It’s exhausting. I’m beat.
Luckily only 3 more weeks left on this shift..And I cannot wait!!