Posts Tagged ‘exhaustion’

Lazy Days

I love lazy days. I didn’t always though; in fact, they have become an acquired taste I’ve learned to enjoy without beating myself up for being non-productive. The reality is, lazy days allow us to rest and rejuvenate from a week or month of fast-paced, busy living! Some of you might be saying, “that’s what vacation is for”, but how often do we fill our vacations with hectic schedules in different scenery? I know I do because I don’t want to waste a minute of it, sleeping or heaven forbid relaxing as there is always something to do or see that’s new and it fills my need for adventure.

On the flip side, lazy days are schedule free with no time constraints or adventure. They are what my mom likes to call “drop dead days”. Morbid title I know, but it gets the point across. My mom has a bad habit of pushing herself to the brink of exhaustion before allowing herself to take one of these days. By then, she really was ready to “drop dead” and couldn’t push any longer. How many of us over-achievers or perfectionists does that sound like?

Nonetheless, you may be thinking, “What does this have to do with gratitude?”. Well read on. Just today, I gave myself one of these lazy days; well an afternoon, but that’s a start. Lately I’ve been feeling exhausted and run down, tired of all the commitments I’d gotten myself into and somewhat depressed. After church, I spent the rest of the day with my husband and our dog Buttercup. We played and talked; did much of nothing and it was wonderful. Just what the doctor ordered! Now I feel relaxed, refreshed, and motivated again;  my batteries are recharged and I’m more productive too.

So when was the last time you did absolutely nothing; perhaps took a nap or leisurely read a magazine, or even a few movies on TV and weren’t sick? Exactly. That’s the point of enjoying regular lazy days, cause they actually prevent illness! Plus you can enjoy them without all the nasty symptoms that come with a cold or flu. Which would you rather have; down time when on your terms or down time when you feel too bad to enjoy it!

My challenge for you is to choose regular lazy days before your life catches up with you or better yet, passes you by in a whirlwind of activity. Become the master of your schedule and take the time to smell the roses once in a while; it will reduce your stress as well. I am sure grateful I did and my relationship will be stronger for it.

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Clarity Sure Beats Confusion!

Have you ever felt “foggy” or “scattered” throughout the day? Perhaps you’ve been unable to process information or make even the simplest decisions, like prioritizing or completing tasks? I sure have and as the temperature rises, so do systems like these. In addition, I become lethargic and unmotivated. When I days like these occur I find staying home and out of the car is best. Shopping or operating machinery is certainly not recommended during these times.

Thankfully it has passed, and today a clear mind returned as well as my energy. I suffer from ADD and like many affected by this disorder, there are days when confusion and overwhelm take over; regardless of medication. The blessings of self-care and having good emotional support, are essential to making it through to the other side. My friend helped me by listening and making me laugh. She provided a much needed reality check that these symptoms wouldn’t last forever and allowed me to feel my feelings.  I am so grateful for her support and friendship. Who helps you when confusion hits?

There are many reasons for mental sluggishness and impairment as described above; ADD, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, viruses and diabetes are just a few. Finding out what’s causing your confusion helps in treatment as well as coping. Information is power and what we don’t know can hurt us in more ways than one.

Check this link out for some great tips and more information on ADD.

http://www.listeningclarity.com/solutions/attention_deficit.html