Monday Motivation

I opened my diary this morning to find this amazing quote as the Daily Quote.

It is particularly poignant when my To Do list is excessively long and overwhelming.

As a teenager I used to suffer from not being able to sleep at night. I would have a million things going on, especially during my last two years while studying for A’Levels. I was also Head Girl of the school, Captain of Swimming, Captain of Hockey, leader of this club and that club, it was exhausting and overwhelming at times. I used to lie in bed at night and my brain refused to shut down and rest.

I tried everything everyone suggested:

  • Counting sheep
  • Keeping a notebook next to my bed to write stuff down (I never did)
  • I would try reading for pleasure (not school textbooks)
  • I was exercising regularly so it wasn’t that

Nothing helped.

This carried on for a while after I finished school, then it went away, I clearly de-stressed by living it up in London and partying a little too hard sometimes with minimal responsibility. (Maybe that was the key? lol)

After I met my future-husband we settled down to normal life and started ‘adulting’, we were planning a wedding, buying a house etc etc, and the stress started again. Sleepless nights, not able to switch off, wide-eyed restlessness.

One night I remember lying there and I suddenly thought to myself, “What is the point of this, you have gone over all of this a million times, there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it right now. Go to sleep and when you wake up tomorrow you CAN do something about it.”

Now I don’t know if it was the power of positive thinking or what, but it worked.

Sometimes those sleepless thought-filled nights return, during my pregnancies, in the run-up to our big moves (UK to Zimbabwe, then Zimbabwe to SA etc). After a while I remember that little talking to I gave myself all those years ago, and it helps.

The key is to believe yourself; trust in yourself; and when you wake up the next day, DO something about it, whatever it might be.

Sometimes there is nothing you can do about whatever you are stressing or worrying about, things like the impending birth of your child … there really is very little you can do other than be prepared (i.e. bags packed and birth plan wish list at hand) and surrender yourself to time; you can’t control everything and NOTHING you do can stop that day from coming … you can’t slow time down. Lying there stressing about it is futile.

So this quote from Saint Francis is, as I said above, particularly poignant to my life right now. I hope my husband is reading this too. Love you ‘my love’.

Mummy Times Two
Cuddle Fairy


  1. Author

    I really struggle to switch my brain off at night time too. Some of the things I think about seriously. Haha. I need to think of this quote because tomorrow is another day! #PostFromTheHeart

  2. Author

    That really is a great quote and so good to live your life by. I’ve never had much trouble getting to sleep at night, my problem is waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep, that’s not fun. But as you say, there is nothing you can do about those thoughts rushing around your head at that time. I do relaxation techniques which help me settle back to sleep.

  3. Author

    I suffer from over thinking too and can lay for hours dissecting situations that’s happened years ago and no longer matter. I have found writing has eased the problem .#postsfromtheheart

  4. Author

    I love this quote! I’ve been plagued by sleeplessness the past few months, I’m going to try your method and see if I can’t sleep better! #CandidCuddles

    1. Author

      You have to believe your own pep talk. Good luck! X

  5. Author

    #candidcuddles oh i love this, i always sleep well because I’m competitive (so if I’m sleeping I’m doing it well haha) and I’ve never seen the connection between waking up worrying…when you can’t do anything about it. This quote is awesome, totally loved it all 🙂

  6. Author

    It’s only since sleep deprivation kicked in with the girls that getting to sleep has been less problematic. Great advice given here. #candidcuddles

  7. Author

    Does this apply to people with chronic time management issues lol. I’ve never had a problem sleeping in my life; usually a head hits the pillow type but wow how active were you at school?! Anyway thanks for the inspiration and thanks ever so much for joining #candidcuddles

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