I love teaching. But I am one tired cookie. I am averaging 2-4 classes 5+ days per week, more when I sub. I am exhausted. I have a pretty good diet, a very healthy workout regimen and close relationships with friends, family and my man.
I know that when the sky is gray, I am affected. I've upped my Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D upon premonitions that my low energy was due to lack of vitamins, minerals and sunlight. These two pills on top of the 15+ a day I've been taking for vertigo have me completely wiped.
I'm sharing this because I know how low you feel when your body is talking to you and you're not exactly sure how to fix it. Know your warning signs and take care of yourself. Maybe these warning signs will help you too.
When I start feeling like my eyes are lopsided, I know the vertigo is coming on. This is when I sit, drink some water and check in with myself.
- Have I slept 7.5+ hours? Lack of sleep contributes to feeling shitty.
- Did I drink 3-4 liters of water today? Dehydration increases dizziness.
- Have I eaten enough? I eat a lot, like a football player. But I burn a lot of calories teaching. Some days I take in probably 3,000 calories or more, but teaching 2-3 barre classes where they average 300-600 calories in class and 100 calories post class, I could burn up to 2100 calories in a day! CRAZINESS!
- Did I get outside? Nature invigorates and energizes me.
- Is my period coming? Usually I get it really bad a week before.
- Did I eat something that gave me an allergic reaction? I have a nut allergy and a nut allergy symptom is vertigo. I've found that if I eat something with sesame oil in it I get immediate vertigo.
Follow any or all of these tips when you are feeling low:
- 7-8 hours of sleep.
- WATER, WATER, WATER!!
- Connect with friends and family on a daily basis.
- Start a new hobby not related to your career.
- Get outside your comfort zone.
- Get outside.
- Write thank you notes. Guaranteed to make you feel better.
- Pay your bills on time.
- Don't spend more than you make.
- Make a to do list every day and cross it off as you go. Feels goods.
- Take a long, hot shower/bath.
- Tell someone you love them or that you've been thinking about them.
- Get things off your chest.
- If something doesn't feel right, call the doctor.
- Create a life plan/goal list. It's okay if you don't achieve everything, but give yourself something to look forward too.
- Keep your phone away when you are with a friend. Precious time.
- Watch a movie on a rainy day and don't feel bad about it.
- Develop a morning routine.
- Have a specialty meal or drink.
- Love more.
- Be you.
It's okay to be tired every once in a while, but if you are seriously lacking, don't live it. Do something about it.