It’s Not Your Body, It’s You.

Do you ever feel exhausted in the morning, during work and when you get home? Three nights last week I found myself falling asleep with makeup and my clothes still on from the day prior.

I’m not a hypochondriac, but at what level of tired should I go see a doctor?

Friday morning, I tried out a quick fix which I normally save for a Saturday night

My personal get psyched steps:

  1. Long hot shower + face mask
  2. Manicure
  3. A great dance playlist
  4. Pulling one of my favorite outfits from my closest
  5. Pregame cocktail (this was substituted with an iced Starbucks coffee)

The Results

So after a two hour morning of getting ready, listening to a dance playlist during my commute and ordering a larger coffee, I still felt lifeless.

Before asking my doctor where my work drive had gone, I had to ask myself what I was doing differently. My answer: I haven’t worked out in over a week, which could be the cause of my fatigue.

After doing some digging online I realized I wasn’t releasing endorphins. How could I forget about Elle Woods’ advice from Legally Blonde:

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”

What are Endorphins?

Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress. They are often called “feel-good” chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.

Medical News Today

According to goodtherapy.org  there are a few ways we can naturally release endorphins.

  • Eating Chocolate and/or Chili PeppersChocolate really is the first thing on this list? Amazing. But are they sure about the Chili Peppers?
  • Drink Wine Adding this to the top of my grocery list.
  • Have SexI’ll start swiping on a dating app, doctors orders.
  • Workout I’m working on working out. Promise. Tonight, I swear.
  • Get a Message Am I the only one weirded out by the idea of a stranger touching me? But if this works for anyone else, great!
  • MeditateI’m not a yogi, going to have to start looking into this one.
  • LaughThe last tip and my favorite tip. My breaks at work consist of 5-10 minute long SNL skits. A laugh is like a second cup of coffee.

A couple of blog posts ago it was mentioned I was dealing with a couple of stressful events, which is okay. It was a mistake however to not monitor how these events effected my lifestyle and unfortunately my mood as well.

This weekend I enjoyed a long walk outside, boating on a lake and laughing with friends. After learning more about endorphins, I didn’t have any excuses to stay inside dwelling!

Jessica

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