Recently I have been struggling with moodiness–feeling sensitive, self-critical and easily hurt. As is my habit, I considered all the possible causes: hormones :), low light, allergic reactions to food, personal problems. None of the normal reasons seemed to explain my recent dip in mood. Then I looked at my schedule. I had changed my schedule from getting up at 6 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in order to fit in dog walking, meditating and writing before going to work. I had also been seeing an extra client a day several days in a row in order to have a day or two to write. I was way off balance in terms of rest and work. I was working from 4:30 a.m. to about 7 p.m. and getting less than seven hours of sleep a night. Duh! No wonder I was feeling depressed! All work and no play makes Debbie want to run away!
It’s a good thing I teach balance as part of my message to clients! We teach that which we must learn. After my revelation about what I’d been doing to myself, I made the decision to return to getting up at 6 a.m. Just thinking about it lifted my mood! And, the first day I slept an extra hour and a half I felt more like my old self.
‘Tis the season to do too much! Be sure to make getting enough sleep a priority. It could make all the difference in how you experience the holidays.