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I used to think I needed more sleep

Absurd (Arrested Development)
I used to think I needed more sleep, and I did. I used to think I needed more exercise, and I did.

Now I have sleep and exercise. And I'm still frazzled.

Now what?

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mrissa
Mar. 23rd, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
This is going to sound kind of woo-woo, but I have two suggestions. One of them is trying five to ten minutes of the kind of meditation that is just deep breathing and mindfulness, lying on your back or sitting comfortably. For me, this will either highlight that my brain is going in circles and sometimes point out a particular stressor that I can address (either practically by handling it or by focusing on letting it go) or will highlight a particular part of my body that I didn't realize was tense and causing me to feel jangly and nasty--lower back is a big one there.

The other is that I have no idea how your eating habits and your body do with each other, and I don't mean whether you eat according to someone else's plan, I mean things like me doing better if I have really dark green leafy things in at least one meal daily and absolutely no chips (potato, tortilla, etc.) ever. These are things that can make me feel frazzly even when everything else is fine. Mileage varies so extremely there that I'm not suggesting that for you it's leafy greens or whatever, I'm just wondering if there's a thing or lack of a thing. A piece of citrus fruit every day or else not eating citrus after 5 p.m., some weird body hack that works for the body you've got.

They should have given us manuals for our model units, I tell you what.
merriehaskell
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I have been feeling okay about food, but I haven't been adhering to The Thing That Makes Me Feel Awesome, in part because that thing is so inconvenient. I need to do the thing. Eggs and beans and green leafies in the morning being that thing.
a2macgeek
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'll second the mindful breathing suggestion - it's one of the things that I find so helpful in yoga, and something I should do more of outside of yoga. Especially when I'm overloaded with more stuff than I feel like I have time for, which is what usually leaves me feeling frazzled. It helps get my brain out of the spin cycle and actually focused on something.
merriehaskell
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I have been breathing to clear stress, but not enough, and not doing enough regular mindful sitting.
sartorias
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm thirding mindfulness.
mrv3000
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
I've found calcium and magnesium supplements have helped me.
merriehaskell
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm on ALL the vitamins at the moment, in case I suddenly turn up pregnant, so that's not it. (Also, no, I haven't suddenly turned up pregnant, not that you were asking that, but doubtless someone would.)
leahbobet
Mar. 23rd, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
What's that Gibson quote about before deciding you have low self-esteem, check to see if you're surrounded by assholes? :p

More seriously, from some of the stuff you've related lately? I think you just need other people to be less frazzling, and it's not you. It's them.
merriehaskell
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
That is probably more of it than I'd like to admit, considering I have no control over that.
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