The Self-Isolation Diaries #10: Will I ever get back into a better sleeping routine?

There is one part of lockdown that I can truly say I’ll miss, when all this is over.

And that is – sleeping in.

Every single day.

In ‘real life’ my alarm goes off just after 6am, so I have time to get ready, prep food for work and get the 50 minute commute in so I’m at my office for 8am. Now? Well, my alarm goes off at 7:15am, I get out of bed at 7:45am and I’m at my dining table turned desk at 8am.

I’m seriously loving it. But I can definitely feel my natural body-clock becoming later and later.

Yesterday (Sunday), I slept in until 10:34am which is unheard from me on any day apart from if I’m ill or its that weird time between Christmas & New Year. My husband had to wake me up so I didn’t miss the entirety of virtual church.

Interestingly, I’m not going to bed any later – I’m a bit more relaxed with ‘bed time’, I guess, not going to bed as strictly at 10:30pm. But I’m still asleep before midnight. Which means I’m starting to get accustomed to 8-10 hour sleeps.

So help my future self when getting back to normal.

Well that’s an update on my sleeping habits, but in recent days I’ve also been particularly creative and motivated in my ~personal ventures~ outside of my job. I’ve put this down to the stage of my menstrual cycle I’m at, where I’m more motivated to a) eat healthy b) pursue my goals and c) exercise. It lasts approx 10 days of the month for me personally, so I have to make it count.

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I’m absolutely loving my writing course – which I’ve written about in previous diary entries – and my first ever novel is starting to take place. (EEEEK). I’m loving working on my characters and getting to know them, as well as mapping out the setting which I’ve chosen to be somewhere that is particularly close to my heart.

When I started my course I had big intentions for my book, that it would have giant twists and turns and incorporate all the genres. But I realised that 1) that was hard and 2) I should write what I love and know. And ever since then, its all just flowed a bit better.

I can be a bit of a dreamer, and I’m quite good at letting myself get carried away with dreams of publishing deals, but we’ll see. I’m not one of those people who believes in ‘speaking things into existence’, but I do believe in a God who has a purpose for my life. So I’m at peace with the fact that if my book does materialise into something it will be mean I’m on the right track and, if it doesn’t, then there’s just something different – and bigger and better – that God wants me to be doing, but I’ll have enjoyed the process all the same.

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I’ve also been working to re-align my priorities over the last couple of weeks and I’ve been making more of an effort/making more time to read. It’s good because I get inspo for my own writing, but it also makes me feel calm/relaxed/at peace, more so than a Netflix series does.

Although saying that, I’m currently watching Marvel’s Runaways on Disney+ and I am loving it.

But I’m loving the balance of TV time and reading time that I’ve got at the moment. So I hope that lasts long into the future. I’ve made a goal on Goodreads to read 20 books this year, and I’m on my 7th at the moment but thats based on my memory of remembering what I’ve read – I could swear that it’s closer to 10 as I’ve been on 2 holidays already this year and get through a hell of a lot of books whilst away, but I can’t for the life of me remember.

I often take books I’ve finished and enjoyed but didn’t love enough to keep forever to a charity shop. So I can’t even use my bookshelves to refresh my memory.

Chat soon x

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