If I have failed today I will get up and keep trying because a brand new day can become a fresh new start.
I had lunch with an old friend the other day who was bemoaning the fact that there was so much that needs to be done to resolve all the problems society is facing these days and he felt he was not doing enough. My friend like I am is getting up in age and sometimes fatigue sets in since we don’t have the energy we once had. But we also must understand we may not be able to hit the long ball that wins the big game but we still can do our part.
I suggested to my friend that he still influences a lot of people, many who try out for the team and either hit the long ball or facilitate it being done by others. I know one thing if good people like my friend and others like him don’t do what they can to make things better they never will get better. Not everyone will know the contributions he and others like him make but it is important that he knows what he does makes a difference and that we appreciate him and others like him.
I find it is not all that easy to keep going when my age creeps up on me, especially when I am recovering from my latest malady. The following thoughts on fighting fatigue that I got from the Positively Present blog can help; I know they have for me.
5 tips for being positive when you’re tired
There are times when you choose something else over sleep. And there are times when your mind or circumstances chooses for you (like when you’re really worried or have a new puppy). Whatever the reason, if you’re fighting the battle against fatigue, here are some ways to stay positive:
STREAMLINE YOUR DAY.
Start your groggy morning off by asking yourself: what really needs to get done today? The more you can push off to a day when you’re feeling like your normal self, the better. It’ll probably be tempting to plow on through the day as you normally would, but if you do whatever you can to make your schedule easier for yourself, you’ll be able to handle whatever tasks really must get done with more efficiency and attention. Also, the less you put on your plate, the less you’ll have to drive, and driving when you haven’t had any (or little) sleep is extremely dangerous. Don’t do it if you can avoid it. No errand or to-do list item is worth getting in an accident for.
EAT + DRINK NUTRITIOUSLY.
This is the hardest one for me. When I’m tired, I’m ravenous. I want to eat everything in sight — and all of those things better be salty, sweet, or fried. Of course, eating unhealthy food is never a good idea and it’s especially bad when you’re tired. On extra-tired days, strive to eat well-balanced meals and incorporate healthy, energy-boosting snacks (like nuts or fruit). Drink lots of water and avoid sugar. Apparently it’s not a bad idea to indulge in a little caffeine, too — as long as you realize that you will crash after it. (On a really tough day, though, sometimes that energy high is worth the low of the crash…)
LIMIT SOCIAL INTERACTIONS.
Let’s face it: when you’re exhausted, you’re not at your peak communication capacity, which means the day after a sleepless night is not the time for an important meeting, a difficult conversation, or connecting with new people. If at all possible, cancel or reschedule anything important. It might be a pain to adjust your schedule, but it’s way better than dealing with the repercussions of your potential irritability, forgetfulness, or inattentiveness. Even with the little events in life — chatting with your partner or kids, talking with a close friend, or conversing with a coworker — try to shorten your interactions to avoid becoming irritated or saying something your un-exhausted self wouldn’t normally say.
GO FOR A WALK OUTSIDE.
When you’re exhausted, a big dose of exercise isn’t recommended (so don’t feel guilty about skipping the gym), but a brisk walk in the sunlight can work wonders. Moving around can encourage alertness and sunlight (with sunscreen!) can be an excellent mood booster. Being in nature can really help your mood too, so if there’s somewhere you can walk with lots of trees and flowers, even better. When you’re really tired, walking around might seem like the last thing you want to do (sitting sounds so much better), but it’s really useful to get moving, particularly when it comes to boosting your mood — one of the most essential elements of making the most of sleep-deprived day.
TAKE A (SHORT) NAP.
Not gonna lie: I’m not a fan of napping. I didn’t care for it as a kid, and I don’t care for it now. It always seems to throw my whole day off, and I hate the confused feeling I typically have when I wake. That being said, I’ve read over and over again that taking a nap (less than 25 minutes) is recommended when you haven’t had any sleep. Even if you’re not a nap-taker, give it a try, and even if you can’t fall asleep, just resting for a little bit might help your body gain a bit of extra energy to get through the day. If you are a nap-taker, consider this a free pass to sneak a midday snooze.
Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you away from playing the game.
Moses and his flock arrive at the sea, with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Moses calls a staff meeting.
Moses: Well, how are we going to get across the sea? We need a fast solution. The Egyptians are close behind us. The General of the Armies: Normally, I’d recommend that we build a pontoon bridge to carry us across. But there’s not enough time – the Egyptians are too close. The Admiral of the Navy: Normally, I’d recommend that we build barges to carry us across. But time is too short.
Moses: Does anyone have a solution?
Just then, his Public Relations man raises his hand.
Moses: You! You have a solution?
The PR Man: No, but I can promise you this: If you can find a way out of this one, I can get you two or three pages in the Old Testament.
I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.
She said: When I arrived for my daughter’s parent-teacher conference, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. “For example, she’ll do the wrong page in the workbook,” the teacher explained, “and I’ve even found her sitting in the wrong desk.”
“I don’t understand that,” I replied defensively. “Where could she have gotten that?”
The teacher went on to reassure me that my daughter was still doing fine in school and was sweet and likeable. Finally, after a pause, she added, “By the way, our appointment was for tomorrow.”
I panicked and hung up! What kind of sick company has an actual PERSON answer their phone?!
Mrs. Taylor, asked her 5th grade history class, “When was Rome built?” and called on Timothy to answer first.
“Rome was built at night.” was his answer.
“At night?” asked Mrs. Taylor, holding her ruler firmly in her hands. “How ever did you get such an idea?”
“Well,” gulped the student, hoping his answer would satisfy her, “everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes.
Cessna: “Newark tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot, I am out of fuel.”
Tower: “Roger Cessna 12345, reduce airspeed to best glide!! Do you have the Newark airfield in sight?!?!!”
Cessna: “Uh, um…tower, I am parked on the south ramp. I just want to know where the fuel truck is.”
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping BUSY and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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