Thursday, May 02, 2013
This winter has been a hard one. I am one to hibernate indoors as much as possible anyhow, but the extreme weather makes me want to be indoors more. The more I'm inside, the more tired I become. Today feels like winter again, even though I'm just far north enough to have missed out on last night's snowfall. Yep, May 2nd and it snowed in places again.
I blame some of it on having a family, kids tire one out easily. Constantly going with kids who sometimes just don't remember the rules given to them can strain one. This is especially true when the parents can't go out without them because they can't pay a babysitter the extra to leave them home. (I do think my kids are well behaved, but as the parent, I get the worst behavior!)
Some it is blamed on stress. Everyone has stress and lack of money is our stressor. It's harder when we can't get out and do things or go on vacation like "normal" people. My husband is finally at a job where he can have 2 weeks of paid vacation for the first time in our marriage of 10 years. The downside to that, he's been sick this year and had to use some of the paid days for days he missed.
The biggest thing that tires me is a vitamin D issue. I know I've talked about it before, but I'm going to talk about it again today. I was diagnosed with a deficiency of vitamin D at the end of summer a few years back. The low end of normal according to their charts is a 30, I was an 18. I was put on prescription D for a couple of months and now take a daily high over the counter dose to keep stable. Being so far away from the equator makes it hard to get any sun during half the year. Many people are deficient and don't know it. If you're always tired, you need to ask your doctor for some blood tests. Many don't do the vitamin D test without you asking, so be sure that's one of the tests they do when you tell them about your exhaustion. I was taking daily naps at one point just because I was so tired. It's amazing the difference when I have enough of the sunshine vitamin in my system. I can tell when I've forgotten my vitamin for a few days.
When I eat poorly, I can tell also. It causes me to be more tired. My body can tell it's not getting the vitamins I would get if I were eating salads and meat instead of candy and marshmallows. When I eat nutrient rich foods, I am energized and ready to go, but when I'm having nutrient poor foods, I just want to sleep all the time.
So when I align everything right, then I have an alert day! As long as I keep on listening to my body, I'll keep awake. I do not use caffeine so I just don't have that issue, a body can survive without caffeine. When I get my vitamin and drink my water and have a proper diet, everything is grand and I want to do a lot. When I forget my vitamin and eat a lot of junk and the kids just don't want to cooperate, then I just want a nap.
Today's Holidays: National Day of Prayer (If you pray, today's the day to do it at 3pm), National Baby Day (enjoy those little ones, they grow up quickly or may not grow up at all), Brothers and Sisters Day (enjoy the siblings that you enjoy most!), Play Your Ukulele Day (I'm surprised it wasn't aligned with Hawaiian Lei Day), and National Truffles Day (I assume they mean the chocolate kind... I may have to run out for one today).