“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”
— William Shakespeare, Macbeth
There are times we feel like we give too much. That we say ‘yes’ too much. That we’re just doing too much and that we need time to ourselves.
Agreed. Occasionally I feel that way too.
But if the plan to cure this feeling is to stop helping, quit a commitment, start saying ‘no’ or stop giving your time, please reconsider. It’s just a feeling. And feelings pass.
Instead, take a good nap. Get a good night’s sleep. Or plan an evening out.
Better yet, build that rest into your daily and weekly schedule. Then after your rest, see how you feel.
My guess is that you’ll feel differently.
Tonight, my body told me to go to bed instead of reading a story to my girls. I ignored that feeling temporarily, read a wonderful chapter, and now plan on sleeping a little later tomorrow.