Ok I’m a mum of three kids that span a decade…all their needs differing…I work, I serve, I nurture, I friend, I love….I bet you do too???… Its mental isn’t it?…I mean life is speeding past at the rate of knots. Come bedtime – after the craziest two hours spent delegating, feeding, instructing, bathing, reading and organising – I am exhausted ready to crash… Great lets relax let’s sleep! BUT NO the mind starts racing…it doesn’t stop…the inner voice begins ” Have I turned off the iron? Has Emily cleaned her teeth in the last 3 days? OH MY GOD I didn’t sign the note for Joe’s excursion to the sewage plan TOMMOROW!!!! “
This started to become a real pain in the #%&^ as I was averaging three hours sleep a night. I searched for answers to solve this issue…I WANT TO SLEEP!
I tried mediative music, breathing, hot tea, cold tea, head wraps, different positions, taking the dog to bed with me, taking the youngest to bed with me…kicking the husband out of bed…nothing…nothing …NOTHING!!!!
AHA there was one thing left on my carefully researched and compiled list…Memory induced sleep…or MIS..(Please don’t Google it I just made it up)..
I had my usual nightly shower turned the lights off, plumped up my feather pillow, snuggled under my bed covers closed my eyes and began the MIS process…
I was 8 years old sitting at the kitchen table at my Aunty Jane’s house in Shrewsbury
(It ok I grew up in England). I can smell the fresh sweet scent of baking filling the air; she made the best chocolate cake. As I look around the table my cousins Dan and Emily all smile back. A bright yellow plastic cup sits in front of me with my favourite sugar filled drink, Orange Squash. I take a sip it tastes so good…so sweet. We chatter away and giggle as we grab at the felt-tip pens and fight over the huge selections of colouring in books. I find a picture of Dumbo the elephants and start to scribble…I stare at the tip of the pen as it leaves its mark on the page….every stroke of colour getting me closer finishing. I am filled with such warmth, love and satisfaction….A truly happy memory.
The sound of the alarm wakes me with a start…8 hours…I actually slept 8 hours..
Have a go and let me know how you go in the comments below!!!!!