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What I’m doing:
Sleep is the answer to everything
The older I get, the more I recognize that sleep is the answer. Feel like shit? You need to sleep. Lost all your money in a poker game? Go to bed. You’re an asshole? Do us all a favor and get a solid eight hours.
It wasn’t until I was getting enough (and then some) sleep during menopause that I finally realized what the biggest problem in perimenopause was for me.
Not just hot flashes.
Not just migraines.
Not just vertigo.
Not just raging assholery.
It was lack of sleep.
Because I am such a nicer human now that I am getting more sleep. It could be a culmination of a lot of other things too, but lack of sleep played a significant role.
I only got about four to five hours of sleep each night when I was in perimenopause. Because of vertigo, I had to train myself to sleep on my back so that I didn’t end up sleeping on my side, which was my favorite sleep position but also gave me vertigo.
I am still sleeping on my back but I’m getting better sleep and feeling better as a result. But I did tell Mike recently I’ve been getting plenty of sleep and waking up feeling tired. I think it’s an emotional exhaustion. A culmination of the previous year’s events. Is anyone else feeling this way?
My parents and I were talking about a vacation we took to Maine when I was little, and my mom commented that the McDonald’s there had coffee-flavored milkshakes, something we didn’t have in central Ohio at the time.
Then recently my friend Joanne commented that her East Coast grocery stores offered coffee flavored icicle pops, which made me curious about regional foods. But how would we know whether it’s regional to begin with if we never travel outside of our area?
Deep thoughts, by Kari.
Literal shit show
I was going to add this to the links section, but it needed its own section.
I understand that thankfulness and gratitude are trendy, and some could even argue that they are overdone, but I disagree. Since September, I’ve been falling asleep by quietly expressing everything I’m grateful for that happened that day. It has been the most relaxing and enjoyable way to end my day.
I recently discovered a gratefulness website, and it’s been a wonderful find. On this site, they have a message board where you can discuss topics with others (which looks like it has turned into a lovely space that reminds me of my comment section), and even fantastic writing prompts. It’s something I’ve enjoyed it and thought I’d share it with all of you.
What I’ve been reading
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein (I only made it through a couple of chapters. It wasn’t what I needed, but I added it here because maybe it will be something you will need)
My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew (I didn’t love this for me but I am sharing it because again, it might be something others may need)
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (I was in love with this book but then I googled the author; never a good thing. Sigh)
What I’ve been watching
The Staircase. Holy hell, we watched this several weekends in a row. There are 13 episodes in this documentary and they are now working on creating a series for HBO.
What I’ve been listening to
What I’ve been clicking on
Pick Bird Photos And Get A 16th Century European Job (I got a tavern owner)
What I’ve been quoting
Finally, I don’t want to sound negative but I have a question. Is it just me or does it seem like nobody is talking about the last year we just had? As if it never happened? Sometimes I feel I’m completely alone in this. I feel like we need a gap year to heal from what we went through.
I know enough not to believe the pictures I see on social media, but it appears that many of you are moving on.
I need a gap year.
Happy July, everyone.