“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” Sitting Bull
This past Friday we hosted our ReConnect Retreat to celebrate the arrival of spring and this season that signifies growth and renewal. I love spring because it brings with it longer, warmer days and flowers! Of course, we also associate spring with cleaning, organizing, and gardening. Which is a GREAT time to clean up bad habits and renew our commitment to better self-care practices, helping us to flourish just like the garden!
Each of our events is centered around The Four Seeds of Self-Care: sleep, nutrition, meditation, and exercise. During our retreat, we ate healthy, nourishing foods, practiced yoga, breathwork and meditation. While we don’t necessarily practice sleep at our retreats, we do spend time in quiet and stillness. What I didn’t realize was that the Friday before the Spring Equinox has been dubbed World Sleep Day! I was excited to learn that there is a day that is dedicated the world over to celebrating and educating about the POWER of sleep!
While many people realize the importance of sleep these days there is still a big disconnect to taking action towards creating better sleep habits! Even though we KNOW that getting enough zzz’s boosts our immune system, promotes better memory, better judgment, and keeps us more alert and less stressed we just aren’t putting into practice the actual steps that will assure that we consistently get the recommended amount of sleep most nights.
We have long thought of the lack of sleep as a badge of honor, indicating that we are somehow more productive and successful when we operate on less sleep! But science proves that this is the furthest thing from the truth! And collectively, the world needs more sleep! Not only would we individually benefit from the positive impact of getting enough sleep each night, but as we often say, “When we feel better, we do better!” Imagine the consequences on a global scale when we get good, quality rest on a consistent basis! I know that I am a much nicer, and more compassionate person when I’ve had a good night’s sleep! I am a better mother, a better citizen, a better friend, and a better wife.