The other week I had a long stint of terrible sleeps. This preceded the week of getting the flu, which preceded the week of sinus infection, which preceded the week of being sick of being sick. Ugh on the past month, seriously.
Earlier in the year my GP had suggested sleeping tablets for me when my health was low, but the problem is I need to drive soon after waking up in the morning so we decided together that tablets aren’t all that suitable for me (even if I was comfortable taking them, which I’m not sure I am).
I was aware I was becoming an increasingly cranky bitch (because I get that way when tired) and I wanted to do something about it. I knew I would be ok (if tired) so long as the day went well. But if the day was hard, I would be miserable, because, low resilience means things get to you more.
So I did what anyone would do, I Googled “what to do on days your Resilience is low”
And found only one useful link. Everything else was about building it up long term, blah blah.
Nope. I needed tips on what I could do today. Right now. To manage my day & make it work for me.
That article is good. However, it is aimed at people who work for themselves. And while there are ups and downsides to all types of income generating – I was feeling low on a day I have employment. Which means my freedom to go for a walk, hug my dog & nap is very limited.
So what to do?
I started a comfort cycle first, because I didn’t know where else to look.
My shoulders had been aching for a few days (presumably as I tossed & turned while looking for sleep). So I took some ibuprofen.
I was tired. I had heaps of water, green tea & my soft drink of choice.
I was hungry. I ate a small breakfast at home & then ate a treat (maple pecan pastry) just before I got to work.
Now, I know nutritious food helps a good mood but you don’t always have that around you or have it planned for. So things are relative. I was working with what I had around me & the time I started work.
These small things helped a bit and at least got me to work, where I could be distracted by other things and allow the day to continue.
Maybe a mini resilience kit is a good thing to have in your desk at work? Some things I would put in:
- A heat pack
- A funny book
What would you put in a resilience kit? Do you have any tips on what you can do straight away on days your resilience is low?