My life is a going to be nuts for the next few months. I'm starting grad school, finishing up the teaching year, I'm going to take a month off work and try being a stay-at-home mom, then I'm running a 2 week summer camp (while still taking grad classes), then I have one week to get ready for a 10 day backpacking trip, and then it's time to either go back to my current teaching job or start a new one. Oh, and somewhere in there I'm going to be moving. So, needless to say, my goal for the summer is to hold on for dear life to my sanity.
Soooo...I'm not giving up my Diet Coke.
However, I found a recipe nutrition facts calculator at on Spark People that somehow signed me up for their e-mail list. When I actually went today to see what the rest of the site was all about, besides the recipes part, I was impressed with the huge amount of resources they have available in terms of healthy lifestyle choices. I put it this way because I'm not specifically trying to loose weight, but I am taking serious steps towards being more healthy and in turn I have lost weight.
One of the things they have on the site is different challenges, and, because I haven't slept more than 6 hours a night in about a month, I signed up for a Better Sleep Habits Challenge.
Each week I have different goals to accomplish. This fits perfectly with my "walk a bad habit down the stairs" philosophy.
So, my Area of Opportunity for the next month (4 weeks starting May 9th, so not quite just the month of May) is to follow the Better Sleep Habits Challenge.
The week 1 action steps are:
1) Complete sleep quiz (done, this wasn't anything earth shattering. But it was a good reminder of the things that actually affect sleep and the urban legends that people tend to use as a crutch.
2) Start a sleep journal to keep track of the factors that affect my sleep, looking at energy level, stress level, quality of sleep, and mood. They said the fourth should be self-esteem, but I know that my mood is directly effected by the amount of sleep and my self esteem is fairly consistent. I need to track these factors and the number of hours I slept.
3) At the end of the week, I need to look at my sleep journal and set my goals.
(the fourth is about earning trophies on the site, but I'm not super into external motivation so I'm not really worried about this one.)
So, last night I got 6 hours of sleep, I would rate energy level a 2 out of 5, my quality of sleep at a 5 out of 5 (I'm to the point where I'm too tired to not sleep like I'm dead), my stress at a 3 out of 5 and my mood at a 3 out of 5. For example, I'm currently blogging instead of doing the things on my to do list. I'm trading productive activities for self-soothing activities, which implies a higher level of stress than I like and, therefore, a lower level of motivation.
Man, I really need to start sleeping more.