Sleep instead of medications.
I woke up so happy today!
I couldn’t stop myself from smiling, when I walked out of my apartment this Saturday morning at 7.30 am going to the gym to workout.
And it was so not what I felt like yesterday!
I made myself wake up as usual at 3 am — even though my body wasn’t happy about it.
I made it to the gym, using all my willpower — because I’m a leader, right? That’s what we do, suck it up and do it anyway.
I made it through my leg workout. I even did my HIIT on top of that with better results than before.
I was so proud of myself!
I felt good!
Till I got home. When my negative vibe and self-talk didn’t want to shut up no matter what I tried. I didn’t feel like doing anything — leave alone anything creative and helping others! I felt extremely hungry and sleepy. Couldn’t decide what to do first. And breakfast is such an unusual thing for me! I never feel like it and yet I felt like eating a horse right now.
I ate lots of nuts I had — Pili nuts (my latest favorite), coconut, Sacha Ichi nuts, I even ate some apricots, some broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
When my hunger finally disappeared I tried to do some work — didn’t work out. Everything felt stupid and pointless. I had no motivation for anything.
I felt like sleeping. I fought it for a while, feeling guilty for being so lazy and unproductive.
But nothing could make me snap out of it. And I went to bed, because other options going through my mind — like eating white chocolate watching movies — didn’t feel like better options.
I curled up on my bed and blissfully and very fast fell asleep.
For 3 hours! That never happens to me!
I woke up and still felt like not doing much.
I had some coffee. Answered emails and felt like I had to urgently go for a walk before the Sun goes down.
And that’s exactly what I did. 6 PM.
I had a very quiet Friday night and fell asleep around 9 PM.
And slept till 7 AM almost. 10 hours of sleep!
I don’t remember when I slept that much last time!
And that’s how I got my super smile back on, and my sharp mind, blasting through the tasks of the day!
Everything seems to make sense now. Bright ideas are flowing. And I’m ready to handle anything and everything with enthusiasm that’s overpowering and is extremely contagious!
What’s the lesson?
Maybe a lot of our negative depressive thoughts, energies, behaviors are just a sign of not resting enough?
Maybe consuming coffee and stimulants keeping us running like a mouse in her favorite wheel does backfire at the end? Keeping us working, unhappy, unsatisfied, till we get sick, trying to cure it with medications and getting frustrated about our body being such a fragile machine, that can’t keep running without giving us this painful experience of being sick.
Maybe stress is not an issue? Maybe lack of rest is.
And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have less stuff done, keeping a smile on my face all the time.
And eventually the stuff, the important stuff gets done.
Faster. Better. Smarter.
And maybe it’s about time to leave productivity for machines, AIs and your smart phone?
That’s what they are designed for. Not like us.
Have an EARLY Saturday night!
Because you are human.
Healthy lifestyle trivia
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health
HAVE AN EARLY SATURDAY NIGHT.
BECAUSE YOU ARE HUMAN.
And here is an extra Bite of Health.
Why you should listen –
“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”
— Jerzy Gregorek
Jerzy Gregorek (@TheHappyBody) immigrated from Poland to the United States with his wife, Aniela, in 1986 as political refugees. He subsequently won four World Weightlifting Championships and established one world record.
In 2000, Jerzy and Aniela founded UCLA’s weightlifting team. As co-creator of The Happy Body Program, Jerzy has been mentoring people for more than 30 years.
In 1998, Jerzy earned an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The American Poetry Review. His poem Family Tree was the winner of Amelia magazine’s Charles William Duke Long Poem Award in 1998.