#atozchallenge: I is for Insomnia

InsomniaDear Insomnia,

Can I call you that? I’m not sure one night of sleeplessness can be called insomnia, but if our previous encounters are anything to go by, you’ll be wanting to hang around for a bit.

So, it’s been a while. Three months in fact. Last time, you popped in for Christmas and ended up staying for New Year. What brings you this way now? Oh, hang on a minute. It’s because I’ve switched my brain on again isn’t it? It’s because I’ve started thinking and writing and creating.

‘What’s the big deal?’ I hear you ask. Well, actually there is no big deal; you’re no big deal. I’ve got the measure of you, mate – you and the friends you bring with you: good old depression and anxiety – and this time, there’s no room at the inn. You see, I’ve got friends too, and they’re pretty good ones. Let me introduce them to you. First up, there’s Resilience and Determination. They’re great for keeping me going when things get tough. Another friend, Keep It In Perspective, has been very helpful in the past, and I’m glad to say that I’ve recently made the acquaintance of two really kind and gentle folk: Go Easy On Yourself and Look What You’ve Already Overcome.

Okay, you can pop in from time to time if you really want to, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to offer you a bed for the night – my home is too full already, and that’s not really your thing anyway is it? We’ll just have to sit up for a bit and have a chat over a banana and a cup of warm milk and honey before you go.

Best wishes and all that!

Natalie x


An explanation of my AtoZChallenge theme can be found at Me and My Mental Health – It’s Time to Talk.

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4 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: I is for Insomnia

  1. Oh wow, funny I should end up on this post tonight. Two nights ago, I couldn’t get to sleep until well past 1 am even though I knew I had to get up for 4:30.

    I used suffer from insomnia regularly, but I hadn’t for so long. Since my youngest was born almost two years ago, I’ve fallen asleep within minutes of putting my head on the pillow.

    As I laid in bed, and then after I got up to read, then back in bed, then up again, I actually thought, “I hate you insomnia, but actually, I missed you a little bit.” I have been writing a lot again lately, too, and I realized my mind was to busy. As long as it doesn’t stick around indefinitely, like you say here, I think my mind was just switched on, and it had been so long, I couldn’t remember how to switch it off.

    1. It can be so hard to switch the brain off and rest! I hope you’re sleeping well now. πŸ™‚

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