Day 57: Gonna Be Real Honest…

Gonna be real honest right now…I really don’t feel like doing anything today. I really just want to flip on the boob tube, pour a glass of wine, chill out and do absolutely nothing. With the events of this past weekend, the hard work my wife and I are putting in trying to get her store up and running while taking care of the kids, and the general lack of sleep, I have nothing left in me.

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I’m on E.

Here’s the thing: we all have days like this. The secret is to not let it get into your head. You have to take them as they present themselves and overcome each. First, find a way to power through the initial onset of the feeling. (*BAM* I just did 25 push-ups). You have to get in control of the feeling. Yes, it is real. But by taking the reins, you maintain control instead of allowing it to control you.

Second, you need to look into why you’re feeling rundown. Here’s my quick checklist.

  • I had to perform a sleep study last Thursday and haven’t recovered with a good night sleep yet.
  • All three kids are sick with a cold, so nights aren’t restful right now.
  • My grandfather just passed away.
  • I had a long day at work today.
  • The stress of my wife’s potential opportunities is weighing on me, as well.
  • Physically, mentally and emotionally draining. That’s what the above list represents. (Just FORCED myself to do 25 more push-ups). I don’t have much left to give. It’s real, no denying that.

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    Third, seek the simplest solution. I am obviously tired. On my list above, 3 of the 5 are directly related to not getting enough sleep. The emotional low I’m feeling of grief can be helped with a good night’s rest. Also, I find I can focus and plan better when I’m rested, therefore I might be able to cope with #5 better if I get some sleep. Thus, my solution is simple. I have to get to sleep.

    (I just did 60 seconds of sit-ups and 25 more push-ups. Believe me, I’m struggling to get this in tonight).

    Fourth and finally, you have to force yourself to enact that solution. It’s 8:45 in the evening. Right now, I could turn on the tv and try to find something to watch. I could putz around on the Internet. Or I could force myself to go upstairs, brush my teeth, turn on a light, set my alarm and crawl into bed. With a good book. I can read a few chapters and have the lights off and be sleeping snoring in minutes.

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    For me, that sounds like the best course possible. As my daughter says whenever I mumble or stumble on a word: “Daddy, you’re running out of batteries!” In this case, sweetheart, you’re more right than you know.

    You can overcome these days. Put a plan into action to deal with them, stick to it, and you won’t let it become more than just an odd occurrence. We all have them. Frankly, we all need them. Try remind us to recharge and recoup. Just don’t let it wear you down, or else you might find it becoming the norm.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some more push-ups and sit-ups to do.

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    As always: This is simply my journal as I try to better myself. I hope it inspires you to focus on yourself. Make 2013 YOUR year.
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