I don’t mind admitting that this morning I woke up feeling blah.
I was tired and I was achy. Every joint in my body hurt and if I could have rolled over in bed and forgot the world for just a day, I probably would have.
But, as the mum of two beautiful kids, I needed to function. I did what most of us do when we feel tired and blah… I made a coffee and got on with it.
After I’d asked the kids for the 700th time to put socks on… I realised that my reactions weren’t what they usually are… and by that I mean they were on a negative slide. I needed to take stock of what was going on before I dissolved into a screaming banshee for no good reason.
So why does a Naturopath wake up tired and achey?
For the same reasons you do. And you thought I’d have some superhuman qualities from all that nutrition and biochemistry study! Sadly no. But all that study does make it easier to analyse and here’s what I came up with…
I’ve been overdoing it physically. The energy you burn in your body needs to be met with an equal intake of nutritious food to create it. So when we lack energy, we find ourselves either eating too poorly for our lifestyle, or doing too much for our diet.
I’ve been running… quite a bit for me. And I don’t like that idea where you build up your distance slowly. I tend to think that I can run as far as I like, no matter how long it’s been since I last ran! This morning I had to stop and think that maybe I should have adapted my diet like I would have advised someone else to do. Oops. Ah well. More protein and nutrition for me in future!
I’ve also had a weekend of low nutrition foods. Hubbie went away and the kids and I took that as a license to eat easy dinners, go for coffees and meet friends for snacks. Looking back on the weekend with a little perspective, I also fed the kids much better than I fed myself! Apparently the Caramalised Onion Relish I made and had numerous times on sourdough with avocado, might not have met all my required food groups… but yes, it was absolutely delicious!
I also need to keep in mind as I age, that I was a Remedial Massage Therapist for 20 years. I loved my work, but it was hard on my body. If I have an inflammatory diet, coupled with a fair bit of digging of tree wells, my body will ache. I used to be able to get away with this… but now I’m in my 40’s and it seems I need to pay attention!
So… what to do?
I dropped the kids at school, called into the shops and bought groceries for a beautiful broccoli soup to whip up for lunches and for a favourite salad to have with fish for dinner. I put the coffee away and made a lemongrass and ginger tea and filled up my water bottle so I know I’ve drunk enough today.
I also put some oils on in the diffuser and booked a massage.
For a quick hit of nutrients, I mixed up my fave greens/broccoli powder in water and found my multi-vitamin with turmeric.
I can’t tell you how much better I feel this afternoon.
I’ve been thinking about why we neglect ourselves, about why we don’t continuously put our health first and keep it at the forefront of our thinking. I mean, we do with our kids, and apparently with our husbands! But why do we forget about ourselves?
We need our health and our vitality. We need to wake up after a good night’s sleep refreshed so that we can enjoy the day. We basically need our physical and mental health for our life to work for us.
So get that massage or join a gym, see a Naturopath and get your health sorted. At the very least, fill your water bottle and have a look at the food in your fridge and freezer. And go for a walk. See health professionals and get your health sorted.
I had someone say to me in my clinic this week during their initial consultation that they didn’t remember what it was like to feel really good. We need to prioritise our health so that we can feel as good as we possibly can! If we’re not feeling as good as we possibly can, it’s very hard to enjoy everything else that life has to offer.