Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast...
Macbeth, in Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Macbeth, for all his king killing and stuff, has a good point here.
Sleep does knit up the “ravell’d sleeve of care.”
Sometimes we can follow the Feel Better Project process and reach for something that feels just a little bit better… and it doesn’t work.
When that happens, we can reach for something else. But maybe that doesn’t work either.
There are times when the only thing to do is check out and sleep.
That’s because sleep performs a reset on the brain. When you were tired and upset, your brain was processing double-speed and over-heating – lots of sound and fury but few results.
Sleeping powers down the processor so that when you wake up, you reboot with a clean start.
At that point you can reach for something that feels better – and it likely works.
So don’t consider checking out and sleeping as failure.
In reality, it’s often the best tool in your bag.