Stop letting your day be ruined by sleepless nights!
So we have all had a bad night before. Maybe you couldn’t get comfortable, had a headache, or mentally couldn’t shut down. In my case, my toddler was up 12 times. Hello, sleepless nights! The reality is that your sleep will not always be your best night sleep. The only thing you can do to change this situation is to not let your whole day be upset as well. When you wake up in the morning there are a few things you can try so that you can have a great day despite the lack of sleep.
Had sleepless nights? Try some of these ideas to improve your day.
Don’t slow down once you start your day.
If you know you are tired and cranky try to keep moving! If you don’t move then the next time you check the clock it will be 11 o’clock and you have accomplished nothing but to feel sorry for yourself.
On Sleepless nights, adjust your daily schedule.
There is no rule saying that you have to stick to the original plan. Don’t set yourself up for failure by being averse to change. I was so tired after being up all night with my daughter that I knew certain things were going to be an argument. I did not get in my workout. Unfortunate to miss a workout, but my daughter and I were able to unpack some boxes of toys.
Have fun with your day.
Unpacking the boxes got some clutter out of the way and also helped us both stay busy while having fun. I wanted to enjoy the day even though we were both tired. We had to choose some activities that we would enjoy instead of fighting all day to stick to a schedule that would have led to nothing but frustration.
Have your favorite breakfast.
You might be tempted to stay in bed for 5 extra minutes when you are tired. You might be rushing around so you aren’t late and have to skip breakfast. In general, if I feel rushed in the morning I will be in a cranky mood from the added morning stress. So get out of bed so that you can get ready for your day at a normal pace and hopefully your favorite breakfast will be included. My personal favorite is an egg and ham sandwich. My mood is significantly and immediately improved because let’s be honest who isn’t cranky when they are hungry? Also since I had the time to make my breakfast I am sticking to my eating plan instead of grabbing some pop tarts which will inevitably lead to some guilt over poor food choices.
Wear your favorite shirt.
This sounds silly but I feel like it is safe to say most of us are in a better mood when we feel put together. If you are happy with what you are wearing and feel good about yourself your mood will skyrocket. I am super guilty of wearing sweatpants all day if I know we aren’t going anywhere. I am trying to be better about putting on “real people clothes” as my three year old has named them. But if I had a really bad sleepless night I will feel tremendously better in the morning once I am dressed.
Trial and error to find success after sleepless nights!
You can try any ideas you can get your hands on until you figure out what works best for you. I was reading This is Me by Chissy Metz and she explains that she takes at least 30 seconds before getting out of bed to think about what she is thankful for. What a great way to start your day out thinking of the positives. Just find what works for you. Most importantly remember it is your choice if you will carry your dark cloud throughout the day or not.
My family has had a sleepless night, three nights in a row mostly due to colds. We were able to still have some fun times and be productive. We adjusted our schedule to include some fun activities like watching Peter Pan while painting our nails. The fun stuff, however, happened after she cleaned her room while I tossed a pot roast in the Instant Pot, and then vacuumed. Your day doesn’t have to be a wash if you have a balance between fun and chores. We escaped with some tasks off my list, some good memories, and most importantly my sanity intact.
Choose to break the cycle of a rough night and I guarantee you won’t regret it!