Exhaustion: level 99

Tuesday, May 08, 2012






Have you ever reached that point of exhaustion where you whole body shivers? I hit that point last week. Trying to adjust to a new schedule while upping my weights in the gym was not the best combo. I got home from work one evening and couldn't stop shaking. My body was freezing, and I had no energy to do anything. The next morning I woke up with my eyes swollen shut. My allergies are easily regulated with Zyrtec, so I was really freaked out by this development. Thankfully I worked a morning shift, and had the next two days off. I went to bed early, and slept about 12 hours that night. While the 12 hours were helpful, I am finally feeling back to my normal self a week later. Here are my tips for preventing exhaustion:

  •  Get a good nights sleep every night. Adults are recommended to get 7-9 hours a night.

  • If possible, go to bed around the same time every evening.

  • Avoid harsh artificial lighting (computers, tvs, cellphones, etc) at least 1 hour before bed.

  • Engage in an activity that helps you unwind. (yoga, stretching, reading, drinking tea, bubble bath, etc)

  • Drink lots of water. Your body does not respond well to dehydration.

  • Know your limits. Don't push beyond them when you are adjusting to a new schedule.

What are your tips & tricks to avoid feeling overworked?

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  1. OOf! That sounds awful. I have most definitely felt that way and it's hard to snap out of it. Take care of yourself so you don't get sick!

  2. Yikes! Glad you're getting back on track. For me, sleep is so essential. As you say, I try to get to bed at the same time each night, because I tend to wake up at the same time regardless! I also drink tons of water, or else I get dehydrated. Excellent advice here, thanks!!

  3. akismet-17079fc095d94d7e2fb86a9f8ea9ad8eMay 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Wow...JUST what I needed to read. I suffer from insomnia and I think working out so much in the evening is making it worse...

    Last night was bad..I got about 4 hours..

  4. akismet-17079fc095d94d7e2fb86a9f8ea9ad8eMay 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    This is JUST what I needed to read!!! I am exhausting myself these days and I'm not doing myself any favors..