Since I've been out of the hospital, I've made getting sleep a priority. The doctors told me to sleep (or rest) 10-12 hours a day, which is I've decided is impossible. :) Still, my sleep has taken the number 1 place on my list of "needs" lately, so I attempt to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. I know this sounds like a lot, but it is never enough. My body is working so hard at recovering, I can use every minute and then some.
So, when it comes to exercise, sleep is more important to me than the 20 minutes of exercise before the kids get up. Sadly, this has been the case with everything, from my morning scripture study to quiet meditation time, or even shower time. Now I wait and do everything til after the kids are up, I get up with them instead of before them.
Today I decided that this needs to change. Now. If I wake up the kids without having read the Book of Mormon, then I am simply not in the right frame of mind to deal with the stresses of the day. The scriptures, meditation time and prayer time are too important to wait.
This morning was the perfect example. I woke up and got the kids out of bed and got them started on breakfast. My children are picky eaters to say the least, and today no one wanted the breakfast on the menu. Instead of being calm, I was, once again, frustrated and upset, right from the start of my day.
Tomorrow I will get up earlier, even if it means I miss out on some precious "recovery" sleep because my scripture study and prayer time need to be a priority to set the tone for the day. Email me tomorrow and see if I did it...I need the pressure of knowing people will be checking on me! :)