The Best Thing to Do With Your Daylight Savings Gift HourNov 05, 2021
The other night, my girlfriend and I threw our jackets on the back of the fancy leather bar stools, ordered a chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio (yes, I'm a white wine girl, not red, sorry) and sighed in unison.
How's your week been? I asked.
I knew her work was busy and she'd been wrestling with a couple of demanding clients.
Oh, you know, tiring. I just can't seem to keep up like I once could. I feel like I'm always tired.
As the wine and conversation flowed we opened up about how life isn't super terrible right now, thankfully - no cancer, loss or other super hard things keeping us up at night - but for some reason we still can't seem to catch our breath.
For some reason our inner batteries never manage to get to 100% leaving us navigating life in a weary fog we never quite shift.
Perhaps you feel the same. Maybe you're not full on, falling asleep in your dinner exhausted, but it feels like you're living life with a weariness you can't shake.
Apparently we're not the only ones and, as nice as it is to know we're not alone, the stats are rather shocking.
Studies show that over a third of us don't get enough sleep to support optimal health and women report feeling sleepy an average of 3.4 days a week.
That means most of us spend half our week feeling tired.
And when they say optimal health, they're not talking running marathons, heli-sking, or living long enough to you get your telegram from the Queen on your 100th birthday (if you're Brit).
Nope, optimal health simply means being able to support the regular things we need our brains and bodies to do on the daily - remember things, feel hungry when we need refueling, feel good about life, fight infections and have healthy hearts.
If that's you and, like us, you're neither totally exhausted and running on fumes or skipping through your days bouncing with energy, then I have a gift and a challenge for you this weekend.
On Saturday, completely free of charge and with absolutely no strings attached or small print to wade through, you'll be automatically receiving an extra hour to spend anyway you wish.
I know, I'm so ridiculously generous! 😜😜
But here's the challenge.
I want to encourage you to spend your extra gift hour doing something to rejuvenate yourself so you feel more rested and alive.
Here are just a few ideas I'm thinking about spending my extra hour on.
- Sleeping in and not feeling guilty about it.
- Reading a good book in front of the fire.
- Taking a long soak in the tub.
- Taking the dogs to the woods then taking myself for an afternoon cat nap.
The hardest part of this challenge is to not feel guilty and not let ourselves spend the time doing all the chores and errands we've got behind on.
Give yourself the gift of rest.
You'll thank me. I promise.