Many of us face the same obligations on a daily or weekly basis. Often, we handle these duties with a “fly by the seat of our pants” approach that keeps us feeling dominated by our obligations and leaves us feeling like we have little control over our lives. This is especially true with obligations we do not enjoy, put off until the last minute, or face with anxiety or a sense of dread.
Sleep is a critical part of our lives. It allows our bodies and our minds to recuperate from the events of the day and re-energizes us for the next. However, in a Consumer Reports survey, 27 percent of U.S. adults said they had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, and 68 percent—or an estimated 164 million Americans—struggled with sleep at least once a week.
Q: Hi. I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I know I should see a therapist, but I’m so embarrassed. It just feels like I’m…weak somehow? I’ve even booked appointments with counselors, but I always cancel. Help!