In my opinion, the fountain of youth towards wellness and happyness when going through an obstacle or just life (which sometimes feels the same) is focusing inwards and taking time to let your body process while you are taking a nap. First, for many people this is hard thing to even accept much less actually do. Plus, there is research backing up my claims, but as an expert witness, I can tell you that it makes all the difference in the world when you are battling anything to have enough sense to make sleeping a priority. It’s the most simple easy way to get a handle of things when they seem overwhelming. Or maybe you are having a bad day and your attitude needs an adjustment. There are many other things I would do and that is for another class another time, but first and foremost is knowing when to say when. Knowing when to get out of your own way and to find a sofa, couch, car, chair or better yet your bed to take a disco nap. Turn off that monkey mind and let your beautiful body do what it knows how to do best.
As an advocate for breast cancer survivors, people always want to know what they can do to avoid ever being diagnosed and the first thing I say is take care of YOUR SELF. Drink more water. Get more sleep. And take a nap when you feel the need. What’s the big deal? Be sensitive enough to know when you can’t keep your eyes open or you are just ready for a break. Your body will thank you. Then, excuse yourself and find a place to take a short nap. The nap could be just ten minutes or it could be four hours, but only your body knows what it needs. Listen!
Especially when you are on chemotherapy, radiation therapy or just going through a cleansing or detoxing program, you may feel the urge to BALL like a baby, and that’s when you find your bedroom and let it out, falling a sleep with mascara running down your face. It’s all good. While you are asleep, you are allowing your body to recharge and renew itself. Especially at night, this is when your body is detoxing itself naturally. Go with the program and just sleep it off. I’ve actually taken a four hour nap in the middle of the afternoon and then fallen asleep by 8pm and slept for twelve additional hours before. And you know what? I woke up feeling like a CHAMP! And actually, even today, I usually get around 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
Speaking of sleep, I would also suggest removing all electrical items including your tv, phone, alarm clock, computer, laptop, tablet, and anythng else that needs electricity everything from your bed room. If not, unplug them all at night. Or, you can try covering them with a blanket! And make sure your room is actually dark at night with enough covers on your windows to effectively block out the light so that you can get maximum REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. This also includes making sure all those little lights from your internet or cable are out of the room or at least covered. I actually have a tv in my room and it is covered with a thick blanket I got in Egypt so that the lights and the electromagnetic electricity doesn’t bother me at night. I should really unplug it until I use it, but I don’t.
The other item is your bed itself because I used to have a sleep by numbers bed which meant it was plugged in all the time. Do us all a favor and unplug it once it’s set to your specifications! And by all means, stop sleeping with your phone under your pillow! I used to do that before I was diagnosed… Now I turn off the ringer and turn it over on the dresser by the side of the bed. Nothing wakes me up unless I have set an alarm on my phone and then it wakes me up nicely with whispering music that slowly increasing in volume. Never Never Never shock yourself out of bed! Don’t set obnoxious alarm clocks or loud blasts to jerk yourself out of sleep. Be NICE!
And a final word from my late grandmother, would be to get to sleep BEFORE midnight because those hours will effectively count as TWICE the timing when you wake up the next day. So, if you get to sleep by 10pm, then waking up at say midnight, will feel like you’ve been asleep for four hours when it’s only been two. You do the math and start to power yourself down in time to be asleep before night.