Just over two weeks ago I developed a routine which I thought would help me keep some balance in my life once I returned to work. It worked well for a week and a half.
Only I forgot to account for a few things:
1. Insomnia. I forgot that when I am working, I usually suffer sleep maintenance insomnia. I fall asleep easily, but I wake each night any time from 1:30-4:00am. Once I’m awake, I stay awake. It really doesn’t matter how much time I schedule in my routine for sleep – I just don’t get anywhere near enough.
2. February Heat Wave. Here in Sydney, February is usually a very hot and humid month. But even by our standards, the last week has been excessivly hot with temperatures soaring in the mid to high 30s (95-104F) each day. In their wisdom, our state government does not provide air conditioning to schools in Sydney’s North and East. We are too close to the coast. Inland schools are air conditioned as the temperatures there are even worse.
We don’t have air conditioning at home either.
The combination of excessive heat and humidity, along with very little sleep each night has made me really tired each evening. By 8pm my eyess are heavy and I find it hard to keep them open, let alone do anything remotely productive, like writing this blog, or relaxing like reading a book.
I’m still keeping up with the essential things: I’m cooking healthy meals, keeping the house clean, staying on top of my workload (just) and doing some exercise each morning. But the fun stuff is disappearing – there’s been no reading and very little blogging.
Hopefully when the southerly change comes through tomorrow afternoon, the temperature will come down, my energy levels will improve and life’s balance will be restored.