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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4 comments

  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!

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  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!!

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  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..

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  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..

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