|Along the Seine River by Karla Nolan|
Coming out of winter here into spring I’m finding myself quite tired. I am easy to irritate and have been forgetting things. There seems to be a lot going on all around me – at work and home – and I find it overwhelming when I am not my usual self.
I know I’ve felt like this before and come out of it, but it’s not nice to feel out of sorts like I do currently. But just making plans to help myself feels better though. I know that more early nights, less computer time and more good foods (especially protein) will help me get back into balance.
Have you ever heard of adrenal fatigue? I remember going into a health food store and talking with the owner more than a dozen years ago and he told me it sounded like I had that. I had gone in for St John’s Wort as I felt quite flat, but he put me onto an adrenal support supplement instead so perhaps I’ll invest in another bottle (it isn’t too expensive and for me it will just be a short-term thing).
At the moment it feels a bit like my tank is running on empty, and normal everyday interactions and problems can feel like they are getting on top of me.
My life is quite simplified already, both time-wise and possessions-wise, but when I feel like I do now, it doesn’t feel like I lead a simple life at all! I long to empty out my rooms at home and have as little as possible around me. Those pictures on minimalist living websites (the pretty rooms, not the stark ones) sound like bliss to me right now.
I know all things to do with nature go in cycles and I know I’m in a strange one right now, but I see it as a good thing. It helps me to know what I want and know how I need to treat myself.
So here is my feel-better plan:
Wonderfully early nights to bed. My husband already knows that I don’t feel myself at the moment, so he’ll understand. Often he has quite early nights too, so it might be sleepy-time at 9pm (or even earlier) rather than 10pm for a while.
Stay away from junky foods especially sugar (which you crave more when feeling flat I’ve found) and make sure to include good, natural protein at each meal.
Limit screen-time after dinner. This means I watch one tv programme (which is the most I would anyway) and have the laptop shut down before dinner.
Investigate the purchase of a bottle of Adrenal Support supplement and start taking those.
Limit caffeine drinks and don’t have any caffeine after mid-afternoon.
Walk outside as many days as I can.
Don’t leave too long between meals. Sometimes if I’m busy at work it could be 2-3pm before I eat some lunch. Considering I had breakfast at about 8am and a soy latte mid-morning, that’s too late. I need to be more organised with having lunch ready to go, rather than get to 1pm and start preparing it (and be ready for the inevitable interruptions that goes with retail).
Tidy up my surroundings (this is mostly for work for me at the moment). Because it is coming into the new season we have many deliveries which means unpacking, pricing and photographing for my husband, and ‘cutting out’ the photos then loading onto the website for me. As well as working in the store, doing all the admin and everything else that comes with running your own business. This means less urgent work is pushed to the background, such as filing, tidying and organising. But those things when left undone contribute to stress, so I am focused on doing the important as well as the urgent work.
Completing small tasks. Don't you find it's the little things, unfinished, that bother you the most? As I go through my day I am endeavouring to complete small tasks as I come across them, and I always receive a boost when I do.
Be around nice people. Keeping away from people that get me down is important because they affect me more when I'm like this. And worry and stress doesn't help you feel better! It’s not always possible of course (I have to deal with many different types of people at work), but I’ve realised that dealing with horrid people who won’t be happy no matter what you do can be minimised. It helps me to see it’s their problem not mine, and I can limit or eliminate my time with them. Life is just too short to be around nasty people.
This article gave me some good tips for getting myself back into happy and healthy land so you might find it useful if you feel a little burned out yourself.