Tools & Coping Strategies

Self Care Challenge 1/25/2020 (Final day) – Sleep and/or Relax

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Action: Sleep and/or rest as much as I want all day and in between food breaks, hydration, and restroom breaks :/

Intention: Celebrate the spirit if not the law of the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year holiday) by not doing much on the first day of the new year. Also practice Self Care practices like giving myself rest periods, reducing my sleep debt, and giving all parts of my self a chance to heal from everything that happened over the last few weeks by sleeping and resting.

Reflection: I feel like this goal was a success in many ways and a learning experience in other ways. Today is the second day I got to sleep late and wake up when I felt like it instead of when someone or something woke me up. In spite of the dog living above me and being on the second floor, I spent my first two nights getting some of the best consistent sleep in a long time. As in, I slept through the night for more than 3 hours at a time and wasn’t triggered by the noises coming from above, beside, below, or from the window of my apartment.

My body got me out of bed to do the usual things in the morning. Then I went back to sleep for my first nap. Woke up around noon time feeling happy and rested. Thought about going out, but decided to stay inside and rest instead. Talked with family to say Happy New Year after lunch. Slept some more and woke up alert when my alarm went off – I wanted enough time to eat dinner and write this post before trying out my new sleep hygiene routine (more on that later).

All the rest, sleep, good food, and Tulsi Sleep tea by Organic India brand helped my headache and body aches feel better too. The headache and sinus pressure are almost gone. My body does not ache as much, but I still move around like a creaky old person with joint pain (old for me is 90+ btw) and probably will for a few more weeks.

That brings me to the learning experience. I’ll keep it short since these posts are not meant to be too long:

  • Neighbors + property management + environmental comfort (aka how the apartment and entire complex is set up and maintained) have a major impact on my sense of safety
  • I am not triggered into flashbacks or panic attacks by any of indoor/outdoor neighborhood noise
  • Sometimes the dog living above me startles me when it is playing – the thumping (i.e. jumping/running/chasing toys and people) sounds loud to me – but does not feel scary like in the other building when dogs/cats and people lived above me

Challenge Conclusion: Overall, I feel like this challenge was a successful learning experience. 1) The challenge reminded me to make time for myself throughout the day; 2) Publishing a post here kept me responsible; 3) The challenge turned Self Care from obligation to fun

Reflection question(s): If you participated in some way, how do you feel about self care now that the challenge is over? If you did not participate, would you participate in a future challenge? Why or why not (for both questions)?

Love and Rainbows ~ TJ

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