With the internet it has become incredibly easy to meet new people, which I’m very grateful for, especially since I’m so socially awkward and have difficulties talking to people face to face. It also brings along some issues when your closest friends live across the world and timezones get in the way of talking to them. Anytime between a 5h and 9h difference I deal with daily now. I’m lucky if I catch a few of my favorite people online – in a considered normal day – maybe an hour in the morning, and perhaps an hour or two in the evening before I get to bed. Especially with them having jobs or school during the day. Conversations get broken off in the middle often, and playing games with them doesn’t happen much either.
Wanting to spend more time with my friends changed my sleeping pattern even more than it had before, and has made setting up a schedule difficult. Most days now I’m up until 4am, and I try to get up at 7am, although that usually ends up being 11am and later, because I tend to fall asleep again when my alarm goes off. Sleeping longer also takes away a chunk of the time I have, so I’m stuck in a strange pattern that I don’t really want to get out of, but if I want to do other things I like and are needed for my health I definitely should.
Having a good nights sleep will make a big difference in how you feel and how active you’ll be during the day, so it’s one of the most important things needing to change if I want a healthier life. Though now I’m in the process of making sure the healthy life won’t get in the way of the happy life. Both are possible and important to me, so I’m just trying to find a nice balance that works for me. I’ve never needed much sleep in general, and I love getting up early in the morning and going to bed late, which will only work in my favor.
My first compromise with myself and attempt towards that happy and healthy life is making sure I’m in bed by 3am, and up at 7am. Which might be a big reach for me to do in one chunk, so I’d be happy if I got up at 11am the latest. I can always chip away at the time as I’m feeling and getting better. Hopefully I’ll be able to go to the gym in the mornings then, instead of the random times in the afternoon, and make it a healthy habit too. I already have two people’s voices in my head to get me to go to the gym every day, now I just have to get out of bed!
If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments.