I've been noticing that the emotional ups-and-downs have died down a bit, and a lot of that I feel is a result of my new smartphone. It's a life-changer! I downloaded some apps that help me keep track of all kinds of things, from how long and when I go to sleep to what I eat to when and if I meet my daily goals. And I love them! I am *finally* getting some perspective on myself.
Let me lay it out for you: Instead of setting a goal of getting up at 8:00 am, I am recording when I go to sleep and when I wake up. After a week or so, a pattern emerges. In my case, I rarely fall asleep before 1:00 am, and usually wake up at 10:00am. Yet, there is still a yo-yo pattern that has developed, where for a few days the falling asleep time remains the same, but I get up earlier and earlier, until it switches over, I either fall asleep quite late or sleep in quite late, or both... and then I fall asleep later and later and wake up at the same time until the same switch happens and the first pattern repeats.
No idea what it means, yet. But I have stopped making appointments that require me to be up and at 'em before 10:00am!
So I guess the tips and tricks I have for learning to accept yourself are these:
- Get to know yourself.
- No expectations!
- No judgements!
- Pay attention.
- If there is something you want to change, find the most gentle way to approach that change.
- Don't be afraid of your faults.
- Don't be afraid of your wonderful qualities!