A few years ago I literally fell asleep standing up. After laughing at myself and saying a prayer of thanks for not falling over or having a co-worker catch me, I thought maybe it’s time to go to a doctor. I have had 2 thyroid ultrasounds, a CT scan, and with one more blood test, I get one for free. And the winner is…..nope, nothing, fit as a fiddle. My sugar is 80, my cholesterol is 145. My vitamin D is a little low but an over-the-counter supplement is all I need.
After watching countless commercials for energy products and searching through an aisle in the drug store that is devoted to boosting energy, I decided that there must be a lot of tired people out there. I stopped looking for the problem and started looking for what would help me. Sleep is the most important part of my routine. Well, duh. Seems obvious, but it takes more commitment that you would think to get 8 hours of sleep. Myself and everyone around me, pays for my indiscretion if I have less than 7. I take naps at lunch when I have a chance. Coffee is one of my dearest friends. I had not been much of a coffee drinker, so at first I gave up caffeine. I thought that it might be swinging me into highs and lows. Quitting, for those few months, did even out the ups and downs but all I was left with were the downs. Energy drinks and I do not get along well. The Red Bull type of drinks do not do anything for me unless working out. It works so well that I over do it and injure myself. Half of one of those little 6 hour bottles gives me palpitations.
Juicing helps. That’s fruits and veggies guys, really. Working out helps but only when the work outs are light to moderate. Heavy workouts help but only after spending the rest of that day on the couch. My most important recharge requirement: Spending at least one day couch surfing with some light household chores, to prevent bed sores. If I am busy all weekend, the next week becomes more about survival than self-actualization.
Any other ideas?
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