I hear about people taking up new hobbies, or trying something new during this shelter-at-home phase in life, and I’ve struggled with feeling somewhat of a failure cause I haven’t really done anything outside of the ordinary. Having said that, I think it’s time to 100% quit my sleep aid.
I’ve always suffered insomnia, and although my mood stabilizer helps with that particular hypo manic symptom, sleep has always been a struggle for me. Years ago I was in a bad place in life and was not getting sleep so started Restoral. I only planned on being on it on and off as needed, which has more or less been the case, but I didn’t think I would be using it at all to this day. I also used to smoke marijuana to help me sleep, but decided to quit that awhile back too which only made me lean heavier on Restoral as a go-to for a restful night.
I don’t want to lean on anything anymore, and since I am working from home I don’t have to necessarily look presentable in the morning, so why not use this opportunity to fully quit for good. I’m not talking cold turkey or anything just a slow wean off of it, in the hopes of staying off it. So now, what’s going to be a natural substitute?
A friend of mine recently called me and expressed that she felt lazy cause she wasn’t working out as much as normal. I shared the same sentiment and we decided to start to hold ourselves accountable for practicing Yoga a few times a week. I was supposed to practice Yoga on Sunday, and woke up that day and just didn’t want to deal so chose to sleep in. The following day my friend sent me a pic of her yoga mat, and I immediately felt guilty and took out my mat for a yoga session. It helps to have a teammate when you’re looking to try something new, or change a aspect of your daily life so am grateful for someone to help me stay on track and be held accountable.
The pandemic offers unique opportunities that we might not ever get a chance to experience, so if you are someone that hasn’t picked up a new language, or hasn’t learned a new receipt for cooking pasta, maybe think of something on the mental health spectrum that you’ve been wanting to change. And if you need a friend to work together as a team give them a call. I’m sure they’ll be grateful for your extended hand.