I have a wild and crazy new idea that I want to try out. Matter of fact, tonight is the first night! In the spirit of taking care of myself and actually being awake enough to function during the time of day that everyone seems to consider "normal business hours" (please, who's going to be buying a car at 9:00 AM?!), I am setting a bedtime for myself.
On "school nights" (Sundays - Thursdays, for now), I'm going to be in bed (or somewhere quiet) for my wind-down time by 10:00. Then, lights go out at 11:00, and the alarm is set for a few minutes after 7:00 AM.
They say that if you're trying to break a habit or create a new one, doing that thing for 21 consecutive days is the key. Apparently, that's how many repetitions it takes to get that seed firmly planted in your psyche. Of course, if I followed this model, I wouldn't be able to have my two "stay-up-late" nights each week. But, it would be worth it if it worked.
I'll excuse myself from the rule for any night when I'm visiting friends and/or have friends over. Otherwise, I'm gonna try to be true. It sure would give me some positive reinforcement if I felt better, either psychologically or physically, as a result of all this. I guess time will tell!
In closing, I hope you had an extra special day today . . . it being Mother's Day and all! I got a wonderful greeting from my "adopted daughter" (who sent me this photo to cheer me up a couple of months ago). It's her birthday on Wednesday, and then she'll graduate high school by the end of the month! And then, best of all, she'll be here for the summer (and working in Joy's, my boss's, clothing shop)! I can't wait!