When my alarm went off at 5:03 am, I swung my feet out of bed and jumped in the shower because I had to be at work especially early today to set up for an inservice. I was really proud of myself for getting out of bed without hitting snooze 700 times and for just “adulting” today.
I took a quick shower, assessed the time and felt pretty good about how much time I had before I needed to leave. I sat on my bed to brush out my wet hair and decided I’d reward my promptness with a quick 5 minute rest because I’d only gotten 4.5 hours of sleep the night before.
Somewhere between putting the brush down and pulling my soft fleece blanket over me, 25 minutes had gone by! There are a lot of things that can induce panic at a very rapid rate, but I swear, having your eyes shoot open and knowing that you overslept might be in the top 3.
As my heart pumped out of my chest, I grabbed my phone and immediately went into a shame spiral of regret. Why didn’t I just blow dry my hair? Why did I have to just close my eyes for a few minutes? Why did I have to reward myself for being an adult? These questions swam through my panicked mind as I quickly started blow drying my hair and simultaneously tried to put socks on.
I don’t know why we do this- it’s like the one thing from movies that is accurate and universal.. when oversleep you jump out of bed like a ninja and start flailing about like a lunatic! That was me. All for a 5 minute rest. All because I didn’t hit snooze. All because I had plenty of time.
Lesson learned. Next time I want to reward myself with a 5 minute rest for not hitting snooze 700 hundred times or for “adulting” or for being so prompt, set an alarm! Even if it is just for 5 minutes!