The delightful Lottie over at Oyster and Pearl has started a new series on her blog:
Some people say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Do the same thing every day for three weeks and – bingo – you’ve changed some aspect of your behaviour. Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but there are a few things I’ve been pondering, stuff I’d like to try, and I think I’m going to give them a month and see. A month of…
I am trying to make small changes that in turn will help me feel better, in the spirit of the ‘Year of Me’, and so I decided that I would join in during October with a month of early nights. Kate’s insistence to start the day at 5am was having such an effect on how I was feeling that I decided that what I needed was a shift in perspective. This meant that my day should also start at 5am if that is the time that I am woken. If my day is starting then my day needed to finish earlier so I imposed a 9pm bedtime. At the beginning of the month I was really strict with myself. I definitely felt different after just a few days. I had a clearer head and was less likely to fall asleep in the chair the moment I sat down for a mid afternoon cuppa.
Some things have suffered – blogging and sewing in particular. I love television a lot and so I always want an episode or two of something in the evening but that left very little time for anything else! Slowly I have relaxed my rules a little, going up to bed at 9.30 so I can watch ‘just one more’ or finish a few more rows of crochet. I do make sure though that my light is off by 10pm at the latest. Some days Kate sleeps in and on those days I know I can be a bit more relaxed that evening about my bedtime.
I am so glad that I have stuck this out and done it for the full month. I now know that sleep is so important to my mental state and mood and the extra sleep I have been getting makes me calmer and more patient with the children. I have even started tackling the early mornings and the night time shenanigans because I am more rested and better equipped to deal with it.
I have spent the last two days pondering what November will be a month of. I was very tempted by Nanowrimo again but I think a month of Exercise will be more beneficial to me. I don’t ‘do’ exercise so this will be interesting I think!