Everybody copes with stress in different ways. Some people eat, some people sleep, some people cry, and some people stick their heads in the sand and pretend that it’s not happening. I do all of the above. Unfortunately, dealing with stress is not one of my strong suits and it tends to consume every aspect of my life. This is why, dear readers, I regret to inform you that my running endeavour has taken a back seat and I haven’t put on my running shoes for over 3 weeks.
One effect of stress that seems even more apparent than the others is that I have absolutely no energy or inclination to do anything. Now it must be said that I have never been one of those overly-energetic people. When I wake up in the morning, I do not leap out of bed ready to face the day. Instead, I generally groan into my pillow and try to convince myself that I really don’t have to wash my hair that day so that I can sneak an extra 20 minutes in bed. My idea of a great Sunday involves factoring in a goodly 2 hour afternoon nap, and if I could go to bed at 5pm every evening I would.
After trying numerous remedies to this problem, I have been told that (to my horror) the reason that I am so tired is because I sleep too much. How is this even possible? Surely when a person is tired, the best thing to do is to curl up in bed and sleep it off? But oh no, the universe has an evil sense of humour which means that I have to try and limit my sleep intake to a mere 8 hours a night. This means no sleeping in, no afternoon naps, and no early nights.
I have been trying this new method for a while, and it was actually helping to a small extent. But now that life seems to be in fast-forward mode and my heart-rate is increasing with anxiety with every passing day, I am even less energetic than I was before. When I come home, I have to force myself to stay awake and do some work – hence the dusty running shoes. The fact that running is still a chore probably doesn’t help, but I am seriously at a loss here. I am asking for some advice here faithful readers ... what should I do? When life gets so busy and hectic that important things like exercise (and blogging) fall to the way-side, what is the solution? What do you do?