Creativity Versus Needing Sleep
I had fun with my daughter these last few days, but after a late night flight yesterday and working all day today, the best thing I can do to nurture my creativity is go to bed at a decent time. In her blog, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin writes repeatedly about the importance of enough sleep. One of her best posts is here, where she shares how a lack of sleep creates problems for her and tips for getting better sleep. There are multiple reasons I need to be careful about getting enough sleep. It impacts my desire and patience with being creative, especially if I just don’t feel like doing it. Getting enough sleep helps with other things as well:
- I’m in the middle of tax season right now, so I have to be on my best game at work. Many decisions, large and small, are getting made all day long. These state income tax returns are more problematic than usual due to a large divestiture that my employer had in 2013 (which is public knowledge).
- Discouragement is usually a physical issue for me. The days I’m the most discouragement and feeling defeated correlate directly to how tired I am. Tuesdays are generally the worst day of the week for me too. So when I’m talking particularly nasty to myself, feeling hopeless or overwhelmed, or not coping very well with stress, I need to stop and ask a) is it Tuesday today? and b) am I just tired? By the way, when I ask if it’s Tuesday today, it might be Monday or Wednesday instead. Sometimes my Tuesday comes a day early or later, but it helps if I can identify that Tuesday is happening on a day when I’m down. So Tuesday, in this context, is a verb and not a proper noun.
- I’m happier and enjoy life much more. I’m easier to be with, it takes less effort for me to spread cheer and kindness to others, and my little corner of the world is just better if I’m in a good mood. And a happier “me” makes for a better blogger as well.
I haven’t downloaded pictures from the weekend yet. I tried to get some baby bump pictures, which I will share. But my daughter isn’t showing much yet! She finds it amusing that my friends want to see what she looks like. Of course, she’s 6″+ taller than I am, so I’m not surprised she looks pudgy instead of pregnant as she finishes her fifth month of pregnancy.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.
You and your daughter look like best friends!! How great you got to spend some time together.
Couldn’t agree more with the need for sleep. The value of a good nights sleep is seriously undervalued.
It really is undervalued, even in the work world. But wow, things are just so much better if I’m well rested and feeling good.
Sleep is essential. Very wise words.
After a while, I’m just not functional. It sucks to go to bed instead of play with pictures, but that’s the way it is some nights.
That’s a really nice picture of you and your daughter. I am looking forward to seeing more :).
Thanks Cindy! I will be posting more. She cooperated nicely by fixing herself up and not scowling at me when I took out my camera. I’ve gotten them off my camera, but haven’t done much processing yet. There will be more to come!