My Happiness Project: Sleep!

Well I’ll mention it again, I am reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and I read a bunch of other articles that I find on Google. I don’t have all the answers or anything, I am just trying my own happiness project – Rubin herself says this is a personal thing and there are no rules to happiness (btw: I love the personal aspect of her book!).

So… sleep. I am in Uni and that means a lot of sleepless nights. In general, not for me, I like sleeping and I’d rather wake up really early to study or work on my drawings than stay up all night.

My biggest issue with sleep is that I can’t do it… normally. It takes me a lot of minutes to fall asleep (and by that I mean more than 7!), I have bad dreams and I often wake up and can’t go back to sleep. I also hate sleeping too much – if I do it I feel super tired and I’ll be in a bad mood all day. Working on my sleeping habits is going to be one of the hardest things to do.

These are the things I’ll work on for the next couple of weeks or so:

  • go to sleep earlier – like 11 pm (hopefully)
  • wake up at 7 am or 8 am every single day, including weekends
  • work on my night routine – and by work on my night routine, which is probably THE HARDEST, I mean no before bed sugary snacks and no work or anything on the computer 1 h before bedtime (CRAZY!). Well let’s hope I can do it.

Here is my plan, almost step by step:

Go to sleep earlier. The perfect plan is to fall asleep at 11 pm, or at least be in bed, tucked in my blankets. But I know that won’t happen too soon (since it’s 10 pm and I am writing a blog post) so falling asleep before midnight is what I’m going for. The thing is… I am a night owl.

Wake up earlier. The good thing is I am also a morning person! And I usually wake up pretty early, but I’m going to wake up EARLIER (see I am positive as a proton!) and enjoy more hours in the morning. If the go to sleep earlier succeeds then the waking up earlier won’t be a problem.

Have a night routine. This is the part I’ll have to work a lot on. So no food before bed, or green tea, or black tea or anything with caffeine! Also, no computer! I don’t like saying “no” usually and this one contains a bunch of them, right? I’ll just have to rephrase then. Instead of no sugary snacks and green/black teas I’ll say “drink herbal tea before bed or milk and eat fruits” (I know fruits have sugar too, but they are better than processed sugar). No work or computer 1 h before bed because “1 hour for myself before bed” – during that hour I can take a warm shower, convince my hubby to give me a massage, paint my nails, write in my journal or read… read something nice and preferable a book that won’t keep me up all night!

I’ll write another post about sleep in a week or two to see my progress. Do any of you have tips and ideas about a good night sleep? Oh, it’s almost half past ten. I’ll post this article, turn of my laptop and jump in the shower. Have a good night!

My Happiness Project: Energy

I am almost 22 years old. I didn’t do anything impressive so far, but I believe in baby steps. Last year I made a list with 21 things to do before I’m 22. I’ll be 22 in exactly a month and I won’t have time to do everything that’s on the list. But that’s ok, because it’s just a list with silly things. I love lists, but now I am tired of them. I feel like I spend more time making them than actually doing the stuff I write down on the list. So I decided to stop making lists and start doing the things that I’d put on a list (obviously I won’t give up grocery lists because I forget things, but you know what I mean).

I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I had the book for a while but I didn’t trust it or even cared about it until I started reading it. I like that she uses lists, you know… the book has 12 parts for each month of the year, and each month has a small list with things to do and so on. I like the idea of trying to change yourself in a year without really changing yourself, you know? Without starting from zero, it’s more about being a better you. And I am going to do that. I did try in the past to do similar things but failed every time. I might fail this time too, who knows… Baby steps?

Rubin makes January the month of Energy. I won’t wait until January to start and I plan to use her book as a guide and, of course, the internet. Also… I like energy. As a strong believer in Feng Shui – well, not really, I did love it in middle school – I know how important energy is. And I have a huge lack of it being the lazy cat I am. You know what they say, right? Fake it till you make it!

Following Rubin’s plan for the month of January I’ll improve my sleeping habits, I’ll exercise better and organize my house and life – she has more for the Energy chapter but baby steps. I will also update this blog with my progress and I’ll award myself invisible medals like “Yea, I removed my makeup before sleep” or “I went to sleep early today!” (funny things, I am not sleeping right now because I want to write this blog post).