As working moms, we do more in an hour than most people do in an entire day. Indeed, we maximize our time. One of the ways we do that is we get by on very little sleep. We do it for so long that we start to think of sleep deprivation as normal. We begin to think that "looking good" is the same as or as good as "feeling good".
We are drawn to articles that give us tips about how to look younger, well rested, and like we worked out. We believe that looking good is as good as being healthy...
Looking Good Is Not the Same As Being Healthy
In those articles we find what we're looking for. If you have a little time, a credit card and the internet you can invest in the best eye drops, eye cream and concealer that money can by so that you can appear to be well rested. You can also purchase vitamins, drinks, and even special lights that will "give you more energy".
Given all of our demands, who can blame us???
Before I got pregnant, I subscribed to the belief that looking healthy was the same as being healthy. I believed that sincerely until I was brought to my knees by an infection that almost killed me. I ran 17 miles on a Monday and was in the ICU on Thursday. While I was sitting in my hospital bed I wondered, "how could I have become so disconnected from my body that I am considered to be in "unstable condition" and not even know it???
I paused. I reflected. And, I "found religion".
I am fortunate that I learned my lesson before becoming pregnant. By the time I got pregnant I had learned that I mattered. I understood that my health was really the only valuable thing I had. Instead of being so disconnected from my reality that I could overlook the signs that I was decompensating, I decided to be present and pay attention to how I was feeling. Now, I may be a little too conscious of my body. Any sign of malaise drives me to the internet!
Because of my own health scare I was moved by Arianna Huffington's TED Talk. She condensed success in life to one simple principle, "get more sleep". I interpreted that to mean "You matter so pay attention to your body and give it what you need. This is the only life that you are certain of..."