When one of my kids is sick, I am basically up all night. Sleep is the thing I need most, and if I don’t get enough, I become a major pain in the butt.

I feel cranky, exhausted, and I don’t have a lot of patience. A night of crying and kids not feeling well is exhausting.

So guess what? It is really hard for me to be mindful the next day. But what can you do?

First, acknowledge you are tired and know that it is normal after a night of no sleep.

Second, try not to make any important decisions in that state.

Third, cancel dinner with your in-laws, or if you had any big plans, and move it to another date.

Fourth, every hour or so, close your eyes for 30 seconds and take some deep breaths.

It’s OK to be tired sometimes. Accept it, and do your best to move through the day gracefully.

Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman writes from Keene. She has been helping people to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their daily lives, so that they feel happier and more peaceful. A former model and actress, she writes, teaches and speaks about mindfulness to adults and children. Visit her blog at www.dittekeyogablog.wordpress.com.