“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
Seems like I have been energy deficient forever even though it has really only been a matter of a few months. We have a lot of things in the works that should let me reenergize and allowing me to get back to some semblance of my old self. I don’t expect miracles but I look forward to getting back out and about. My fear lately is that I am enjoying my rest and relaxation far too much. Although I must admit my daily naps seem like a necessity to offset my fatigue but I choose to think that is a result of my inactivity.
Next week I will be probed, manipulated and more by a bevy of doctors and their minions and should be on my way back. I even have eye surgery scheduled for next Thursday that should allow me to better see where I am going. And oh yes, for those of you who have said I should have my head examined they are going to do that a week from today.
Gretchen Rubin sent a check list some time ago that might help bring me back. Here is what she suggested:
Need an Emergency Energy Boost? Try These 9 Tips.
There are many good habits we should follow to keep our energy levels high, like exercising and getting enough sleep. But what if you need more energy right now? And you don’t want to wait for the reward for your good habits to kick in? Try one of these strategies:
- Go outside into the sunlight. Light deprivation is one reason people feel tired. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning. And while you’re outside…
- Go for a brisk walk. Even a ten-minute walk can give you a surge of energy and decreased tension.
- Act with energy. We think we ACT because of the way we FEEL, but often we FEEL because of the way we ACT. Trick yourself into feeling energetic by moving more quickly, pacing while you talk on the phone, and putting more energy into your voice.
- Listen to your favorite zippy song. Hearing stimulating music is an easy, reliable way to get an instant lift.
- Talk to an energetic friend. Not only do we gain energy from interacting with other people, we also – in what’s called “emotional contagion” — “catch” their emotions. Instead of infecting others with your draggy mood, try to lift yourself by catching the energy of a boisterous friend.
- Tackle an item on your to-do list. Maybe you need to drive to an out-of-the-way store; or add the last, difficult touches to a homemade gift; or make a phone call to a difficult relative. You’ll be amazed by the huge rush of energy you get when it’s crossed off your list. If you’re having trouble, try doing it first thing in the morning. The night before, decide what you’re going to do, then get up and do it.
- Clean up. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. If you feel overwhelmed and listless, try tidying up. No heavy scrubbing, just tidy the surfaces. Making your surroundings more pleasant will help to give you energy — plus, making visible improvements is a booster, too.
- Jump! Yes, jump up and down a few times. I just started doing this, and it’s amazing how energizing it is. Or, if you feel too silly, run down the stairs.
- Note of caution: people often try to use food to boost their low energy. This obviously helps if you’re actually hungry (and in my house, we constantly monitor people’s hunger levels, because we all get so “hangry” when we’re hungry), but if you’re not hungry, eating ice cream out of the container — tempting as it is — won’t really help.
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
When Jill decided to improve her computer skills, she threw herself into it with enthusiasm. Every week she’d check out five or six instructional books from the library. After about a month the librarian commented, “Wow! You must really be getting knowledgeable by now.”
“Thanks,” Jill said. “How can you tell?”
The librarian explained, “Only two of the books you’re checking out this week have ‘For Dummies’ in their titles.”
“Never confuse movement with action.”
Before his daring escape from prison, an infamous criminal had been photographed from four different angles. The FBI sent copies of the pictures to police chiefs all across the land, with orders to notify Washington the moment an arrest was made.
The next day, the Bureau received a faxed reply from the ambitious sheriff of a small Southern town: “PICTURES RECEIVED. ALL FOUR SHOT DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST.”
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.
On vacation, a man and his wife check into a hotel. The husband wants to have a snack at the restaurant, but his wife is extremely tired so she decides to go on up to their room to rest. She lies down on the bed… just then, a train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she’s thrown out of the bed. Thinking this must be a freak occurrence, she lies down once more. Again a train shakes the room so violently, she’s pitched to the floor. Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he’ll be right up. The manager is skeptical but the wife insists the story is true.
“Look… lie here on the bed — you’ll be thrown right to the floor!” So he lies down next to the wife. Just then the husband walks in. He yells, “Hey! What are you doing in here!?!”
The manager calmly replies, “Would you believe I’m waiting for a train?”
Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
I am well-versed in the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.
During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.
“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.”
Both were excused.
She’s been pressing 30 so long, it’s pleated.
Cessna: Newark Tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot. I am out of fuel.
Tower: Roger, Cessna 12345. Reduce speed to your best glide. Do you have the Newark Airfield in sight?”
Cessna: “Uh, um….. Tower, I’m parked on the south ramp and was wondering where the fuel truck is.”
Money isn’t everything….there’s credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.
During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, “What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a large, sharp knife?”
The student replied, “Big ones!”
“May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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