Too often today’s culture values people who accomplish tasks, one after another, after another. Our worth depends on tasks that we’ve done, goals we’ve achieved, courses we’ve completed, titles we’ve gained. Plus a beautiful apartment and a trendy look. We’re taught to live with more coffee and fewer hours of sleep.
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My story: sleeping at night or getting things done?
One evening, about one and half year ago, I had in my head a list of things to do in the evening. Things that need to be done: clean the bathtub, wash clothes, put dry clothes in their places…
And I knew I need sleep. I was then a mother of a baby and a 2-year old boy. They needed my attention and care all day long without any pauses. 110% of my energy and attention supplies. Plus the baby needed me at night as well.
After making my baby Son asleep, I just laid on the bed. Having the to-do list in my head, I let it… be. And let myself sleep for the whole night. And nothing bad happened despite not having done it all.
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So we’re taught to live with more coffee and fewer hours of sleep.
On the other hand, when you listen to your real self, to the human being and the body that is you, first of all, you want to live. To live in health.
It is your biggest desire. Long life. Avoiding death. And avoiding also bad mood, illnesses, being disabled and dependent on the help from other people or organizations like hospitals.
It is our biggest desire but probably every day we rather pray to the culture telling us to end tasks. It’s just a hypocrisy and we all take part in it!
We think: I’ll change my diet, I’ll have a good sleep, I’ll go outside, I’ll exercise… after I’ll have done this and that.
But the truth is: this day never comes.
You CAN get more hours of sleep
There are more things to do than the time that you have. So just let them be. Let your home be not perfect, let it be a bit untidy and sometimes even dirty. Let your child not have a shower one day. Because you are important. Because you’re worth a good sleep. Because you need it.
You need sleep. Your plates need washing. Which is more important to you: you or your plates?
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