If we listen to our bodies, we often know exactly what our most important habit of resilience is. Mine is sleep. If I don’t get enough sleep, I am less creative, less fun to be with, and less energetic. It takes me twice as long to do half as much. Sleep deprived, I fight my way through the day as if I am swimming in molasses. I can’t think clearly. There is no mindfulness on these days.
Of all the great practices of resilience I might incorporate into my life, none matter if I don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is the best predictor of a good day for me. I try to remember this when I am tempted to play one more late night game of computer solitaire. It’s a mindless evening pastime that too often leads to a mindless sleep deprived day.