In this very first episode of Stress Busters for Busy Mums I talk about what a crazy day looks like compared to one where we start well rested. I give suggestions about how to get to bed earlier and be better rested. I also talk about one important strategy to de-clutter our day to make space: saying “no” to taking on more projects than we want to.
My favourite resource on sleep is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep
. This is one of the most comprehensive books I have read based on empirical research. I recommend this book to clients with sleep issues, as adults, teens or children. Understanding the physiology of sleep, looking at worldwide research to get a base for normal data, means that you can see where you fit in the normal curve. It’s not one size fits all, and different for different ages. There is a section at the end of the book aimed at teenagers and resetting their body clocks. It’s comprehensive and very valuable.
My favourite resource for boundary issues is the aptly named Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Cloud and Townsend. They have a whole series aimed at children, teens, marriage, dating, but this is the overall encompassing book. I read this every year to remind myself of the value of boundaries, especially when I feel like I’m losing control.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you, if you are at your wit’s end, to seek help, from friends and professionals. Anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and stress are very common, but not talked about much in the open. Seek help from doctors, counselors and help-lines. In Australia, a fabulous resource is Beyond Blue with a 24 hour help line. In the USA and UK, click on this link for phone numbers of various organisations.