Self–Love Day 10
Today I woke up at 10:30am. I thought to my self, “I have been sleeping in. Kudos for me.” I use to set my alarm for 8am or 7am every morning, even if I had no immediate appointments set, just so I could start my day off early. I did this even if I went to sleep late. I wouldn’t take my sleep into consideration, but now I have been listening to what my body wants. If I want to sleep in more, I let myself sleep in more. Today was a good example.
I woke up at 10:30am, and I felt very tired. Coffee was made, but I felt like it would be too heavy, and I just wasn’t in the mood for caffeine. I have been having a lot lately, and I thought that could be contributing to me feeling extra sleepy some mornings. I began to read some of my current favorite book, The 4-Hour Work Week, and I could hardly keep my eyes open. So, I went back to sleep. When I awoke for the second time, it was nearly 1pm.
The old me would have been angry and disappointed with myself, and I would have started the day on a bad note. I would have been upset with myself that “I wasted the whole day away sleeping”, and I probably would have wasted a large part of it moping around about it, leading to inaction and further unproductivity.
My mom walked in, and I said, “Mom, you didn’t wake me up.” But as I said that, I was thinking, “Do I need to even say this? It was good that I slept in; my body needed it. I don’t feel angry or upset, so why should I repeat the same words and thoughts that I used to?”. Then my mom asked me, “Should have I woke you up? I assumed you were working. Do you want me to check in on you next time?” I said no.
This is a big deal for me. My days would have be ruined if I slept in until 10:30am, let alone 1pm, and now I don’t mind. I can still have a productive day, especially if I am feeling energized and in a good mood from my sleep and self-care.
I didn’t rush at all today. I went to the gym and read some more of the 4-Hour Work Week. It’s like my muse. Every time I read it, I become invigorated, inspired, motivated to go after the life that I want, and happy to relax. When I got home, I cleaned my horribly messy room, and organized a box of stuff to give away. It has been my goal to slowly get rid of my possessions that I don’t need or use to de-clutter my environment, and thus my mind. And it worked. I was able to focus clearly, and concentrate on my work. I didn’t feel cluttered.
I had a great productive work day, and a great day of relaxation. With self-love in mind, I’m finally learning to relax and let go of worry. It feels great. 🙂
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.