It's a good thing that this is a "loose" consortium, because I can never seem to get my post written at the right time. :) Part of that is because I keep forgetting the day of the week. Seeing everyone's posts on my follow list reminds me...
When I was a child, I had this thing I would do where I would relax every part of my body while I was trying to fall asleep. I would start at my toes, and work my way up. I would shift myself if needed to make sure that I was as totally comfortable as possible. I think that developed a good skill in me, because even as an adult, if I focus my mind on a certain part of my body, I can usually relax it. But here in China there is a kink in my method. The beds here in China are VERY firm. Actually, most of them feel like you are sleeping on the floor. The bed I sleep on here is a tiny bit more comfortable than the floor, but not much. We found a comforter blanket in the house and put that underneath us, so now it is more tolerable. The kids have put blankets and pads under them too. I've been here 5 months, and I'm just now starting to get used to the bed, but I'll be honest, it's still not comfortable.
The hard part about relaxing my body now is that everything aches from sleeping on the hard bed. Surprisingly, my hips don't hurt as much as my shoulders and neck. We have tried to find a pad to buy, but they just don't sell anything that would even remotely help. But I do think with time we will become more accustom.
Actually though, I don't think my biggest problem is not enough relaxation. I think my biggest problem is too much relaxation. I took a friend to get a massage the other day. The masseuse repeatedly told her that she sits too much and doesn't get enough exercise. I do think that if my muscles were stronger, the beds wouldn't hurt so much. Hmmm...maybe this should have been a "new year resolutions" post.
I wonder if the other consortium members are able to relax. Check out their posts this week:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit, Black watertown, The Old Fossil, our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)