Someone told me today that in the Old Testament it was considered that a new day actually started the night before: that it was how you went to bed that set the tone for the next day. (I have no idea if that’s actually true or not, but it does make sense in light of the Jewish Shabbat – and the holidays – starting at sundown the night before.)
The funny thing is, I was just saying to my mom the other day that the root cause of the downward cycle seems to be sleep. When I don’t go to bed early, I don’t get up early. When I don’t get up early, I don’t go to the gym. When I don’t go to the gym, my mood spirals down pretty rapidly, and I start eating more (and badly) to offset the depression.
My first thought is always to fix my eating habits, but really, the FIRST thing is to fix my sleeping habits. My day starts the night before.
I’m off to bed.