I just finished watching one of my favorite online women, Hannah Marcotti, talk about being highly sensitive and self acceptance. Then I Googled Highly Sensitive to see what Google had to say and found this little quiz. I'm not self diagnosing. I'd never do that...ahem...but I think it's fair to say that my ENTIRE family is, diagnosis or not, very sensitive, and I didn't need to take the quiz to know this. I wouldn't change this about us. It's us. I like us. But it means that now that two of us are together, a lot, there are a couple things I need to do daily in order to make we're not over stimulated and in melt down mode.
1. We both need sleep. Last night we snuggled up with stories and were both asleep by 8pm, which should be a more regular bedtime for the girl. 9pm has been our constant and it's pushing on not enough. I, on the other hand, need to be in bed by 10pm with this machine no where in sight.
2. Protein and snacks. The girl is always hungry. I'm looking for recipes and ideas to avoid processed snacks without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Thankful to a facebook friend who posted this. Yesterday, I made the PB/honey Powerballs. So good and oh the possibilities.
And that's where the list ends, at least for now. Sleep and good food. So simple and yet so easy to neglect when "things" that are clearly not as important are allowed to become first priority.
The importance of sleeping and eating good food are not new to me, but I'm not sure I've truly noticed just how much the waves of our moods are dictated by these two things or how many times a day our daughter needs to eat.
Thankful for this time to stop and notice, and for all that can be remembered and found when silent reflection is had.