Monday, May 5, 2014

Letters to Self: Sleep Deprivation Doesn’t Make You Super Human

Letters to Self is a Self-help series written by M. J. Joachim, designed to encourage and promote healing and self-awareness for those who read it.

Dear Self, 

Sleep escapes you as your mind and heart continue to race with new ideas, ways to make it better, things to accomplish, dreams to pursue…and then life. Oh yea, you still have to live your life in the midst of all this. You still have to function and perform your daily routine, which includes taking care yourself and others.

Take a deep breath. It will all be okay. You can only do what you can do, and the rest will fall into place. The world will not quit spinning, just so you can catch up and get your bearings. It will not slow down, allowing you to be super human. There are enough egos in this world, that super humans would really mess things up in a big way, so take a chill pill, and quit riding yourself for not being able to do it all.

If you must, write a list (or several) to keep track of all these things you believe might make a difference. Or, go take a walk, feel the gentle breeze, listen to nature calling your name, and see what remains so vitally important when you’re done. Chances are the other stuff was just cluttering up your mind, heart and soul, and you didn’t need to worry about it anyway. Life has a way of side-tracking us that way, inevitably making it impossible to get anything done at all, let alone doing anything well.

Dreams matter, but so does sanity, and both will fall by the wayside if you don’t get enough sleep.



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