Stop Adulting and Act Like an Infant... (at least sometimes)
March 7, 2017
When India was born, I said I was going to try not to be “that guy” and flood your feed with pics and stories about my amazing newborn.
I’m going to be that guy a little bit. :)
Indie’s doing well.
She enjoys UFC.
We watched together recently.
She’s putting on weight and growing, as babies do.
She looks a lot like her older sister.
And I can’t get enough of her!
(Which means you are going to get loads of her, too!)
Babies are efficient little machines. They eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. They sleep when they are tired and cry when they are unhappy.
We could learn a lot from babies--- and not just about not overeating, or about eating foods that are best suited to optimum health.
Babies sleep when they need to. If they get overtired, they become less than pleasant to be around. They fuss. They scream. Their bodies stiffen and they just can’t seem to get comfortable.
How often do you get overtired and feel like yelling? How often does lack of sleep contribute to your stress level and make you short-tempered?
If babies are tired, they sleep--- and they don’t feel the slightest bit guilty about a short nap or 6 hours in a row. They take the sleep they need. End of story.
Why don’t we do more of that?
Why don’t we just take the time we need to get the amount of rest we know is good for us? It’s not as though we can generally manage as well as we usually do when we are sleep-deprived…
Babies are also very clear about letting you know, in no uncertain terms, when they are upset.
I think sometimes, even the neighbors very clearly understand that Indie is unhappy.
She doesn’t care if she is hurting our feelings. She doesn’t care if it is inconvenient. She doesn’t care if her unholy shrieking may impact her social standing or friends list.
She’s mad. And everyone else hears about it until she isn't mad anymore.
Now, I’m not suggesting that if your significant other hurts your feelings you should wail loudly until they adjust their flight pattern, but I *am* saying that too often we put the needs of others above our own.
We are so concerned with what someone may think of us, or how our feelings will be received, or that we may upset someone, that we "stuff" our feelings and fail to communicate them.
Which leaves us feeling angry, bitter, unheard and unappreciated. Also increasing our levels of stress.
Maybe loudly wailing would provide a healthier outcome?
Basically, as we grow into adults, we learn certain rules about how we need to behave in order to get along, be successful, behave like adults…
I think maybe, at least some of us, would benefit more if we acted, at least on occasion, more like babies.