I’ve been feeling tired and almost exhausted this week. It’s as if a lot of my energy has been drained out of me. I’m not sure why, but I do know I need to do something to get myself back on track. And that leads me to this week’s provocative question. Well, it may not be that provocative, but your answers might be helpful, not just to me, but to others who may be feeling a bit off center at the moment.
How do you recharge when you’re feeling depleted?
Bournemouth had that effect on me, sapping my strength like a vampire, and an hour’s visit could take me days to recover.
When I was a teenager, it was nothing for me to burn the candle at both ends as they used to say. I was active, ten pin bowling twice a week, darts once a week, and disco Friday and Saturday, until one weekend I slept it away…….. well, apart from bathroom breaks and meals.
I was shattered, so it was bed at 7pm Friday night, slept through until midday Saturday, doze in the afternoon, back to bed at 7pm Saturday night, slept again until midday, up for bath and Sunday lunch, a bit of socialising with the family, then back to bed at 7pm ready to get up for work Monday morning.
It’s OK if you can sleep, but there are times when you are so tired, you can’t. The mind won’t shut off, or you have an ear worm playing constantly in your head, or there is simply too much interference or interruptions.
Music was always a safety valve for pressure, tension and personal conflict, but recharging my batteries has changed over the years. A long hot bath with plenty of bubbles, a good book and the radio used to work, as did walking the dog along the beach or through the park. I used to read a lot, and glad to say I am gradually getting back into that, especially at night, reading a few chapters of the latest book until the eyes feel really heavy then without further ado, lights out, and I’m gone.
I can’t remember the last time either Hubby or I had an uninterrupted night’s sleep though. We retire early, do blog/computerwork/read, then turn off the light around 11pm. Hubby is awake in the early hours, up around 5.30, and I know he’s not there so wake up too. I’ll get up to check he’s OK then go back to bed where I may sleep for a couple of hours. If I do, it is a deep sleep and that is what revives me.
Failing that there is always Plan B.
The sugar fix. Bring on the chocolate or other goodies like meringue or cream cakes. A boost in sugar levels is a good short term remedy. Of course there is always the chocolate milk IV.