Dealing with stress and fatigue
For those who read the blog, you know I try and shy away from work-related items I also avoid politics, religion and any other items that can be perceived as “controversial.”
Basically, I try and keep it as a personal blog and have it be somewhat loose.
Anyway, I’m avoiding most of all that with this post, but, one of them (work) has helped me to the topic of this.
A couple of days after Memorial Day weekend, I came down with something. The odds are I caught it from somebody during GeoWoodstock weekend, but either way, it got me. It was a cough and such, though it didn’t seem like more than that. So I was ready to let it all play out.
Meanwhile, I was working some longer and more stressful hours at work. I also had softball. And in the past few weeks, did some baseball-related things, including a two-day trip to the Philadelphia area where I saw four games.
Needless to say, with work and other things, I never let myself rest. Let’s add in the heat (and humidity) we’ve had and I haven’t been sleeping as well as I probably should be.
What does this do? Well, my blood sugars have been slightly spiked. Not quite to an area where I am in panic, but enough to notice. I’ve been tired more, too. So much so that people have noticed it and asked me if I was OK.
That’s alarming to me. For one, I always try and keep an upbeat and positive attitude. That came from my 2.5 years of unemployment. I try and remember what I went through and realize I have a much better situation now, so smile and go with the flow.
So where has all of this come from?
Well, work has been stressful and I’ve worked some long hours. Many people do that and get through it without issue. But I also never gave my body time to rest. On weekends, I was on the run instead of just sitting around and chilling or playing a few board games.
This past weekend, I was supposed to head to Philly for a graduation party. I was planning on going, but asked my primary provider if I should go. Ultimately, he said, it was up to me. But his professional opinion was that I should hang out this weekend.
So I did.
I went to a gaming store on Friday night and played a few games. On Saturday, I went to a friend’s weekly board game night and played a few more games. I avoided stress. I relaxed. On Sunday, I did nothing.
Wait, I did take an afternoon nap. But other than that, I didn’t really do anything.
I actually slept well, too. And that helped. I’m pretty sure my body needed it.
The doc, when I saw him last week, ran some blood tests, too. Things seemed OK, so the fatigue he figured I had seems to be pretty accurate. He told me to rest up and if I was still feeling bad in a week or so, to go back and see him. I’m on the mend now and hope some stress starts to leave me.
One thing I promised myself, once the long stretch of unemployment ended in late 2013, was I was going to make sure I took care of myself in regard to life. That meant leaving work at work and trying to make sure my stress/tension stayed down. I’ve been, for the most part, good at that. But in recent months, not so much. So I need to get back to that. Because I haven’t fully felt like myself and that’s important. One needs to take care of themselves first and foremost.
Here’s some reality – you only go on this trip we call life once (well, depending on beliefs etc.), so it’s best to take advantage of it and make sure you keep yourself grounded as much as possible. I’ve learned a lot about myself in recent months and know I have to get back to a certain point. Once I reach there, life will hopefully get better, I won’t be tired, and my blood sugars will return to where they should be.
I’ve been tired before, but the point I reached last week was the first time I’ve ever felt that way. I know it’s not something I want to feel again, so it’s time to push forward with a smile and a deep breath.
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