Oh not to be so tired!


As the nights have started to get darker, removing myself from my comfortable bed is now becoming increasingly difficult. I'm sure, like most of us, getting up in the morning in the winter is comparably more of a challenge than in the summer, however I have an additional issue. I currently take daily medication for migraine (I even had one on my wedding day!) and it has sedative qualities. This means I rely on four alarms in the morning - my alarm clock, my phone's alarm, my husband's alarm and my husband himself! Most days the second one will do the trick provided I hit snooze and not dismiss - if that happens, I'm woken to the sound of my husband shouting 'oh (expletive)!' This does not get the day off to the best start.

I have a strict 40 minute routine in the morning to get washed, dressed, make-up on, hair done, breakfasted and out the door. For me, it's a tight schedule and has to run like clockwork - gone are the heady days of drinking a coffee and watching the news before hopping in my car to work. I'm a commuter now and find that more than once I've nodded off on my way to work, or spent the entire journey yawning until I think my jaw might break!

I have another appointment with my doctor soon to discuss my treatment plan and while the drugs are fantastic at managing my migraine attacks, the side effects are becoming unmanageable. So this month, I'm trying some further lifestyle changes in the hope it will help fight the fatigue.

Less caffeine
I'm a bit of a caffeine fiend and find on average I can have three cups of coffee in the morning and two cups of tea every afternoon - not good for your skin, teeth or for fatigue, I can say! 

Instead, I'm going to cut down to three caffeinated drinks a day - I think I'll find this the biggest challenge as I do love coffee, but hopefully it'll make me enjoy them a bit more. My current favourite herbal teas are Pukka's organic nettle, fennel and peppermint tea, which is meant to be great for your skin, and their organic fennel, chicory and cardamom after dinner tea (it's amazing!)

Iron - eating, not pumping
Women can be prone to anemia so it's important to make sure your diet has a healthy source of iron, whether you're a meat-eater or vegetarian. I tend to have red meat twice a week, usually for dinner, but it's got me thinking of improving my eating habits generally. I love healthy meals and vegetables, but sometimes it's time itself that becomes the enemy and I grab a boring (easy!) sandwich rather than preparing a healthy meal - particularly if I've overslept!

Lunch this Wednesday - mini quiche and salad with salad cream, a Pink Lady apple, Cal-in+ yoghurt and a coffee... very filling!
Drink more water
Sounds pretty simple, right? But I am terrible at drinking water through the day. I'm a stickler for having hot drinks to stave off hunger between meals and so drinking water becomes less of a priority. Rather than try anything too drastic, like sticking a two litre Evian bottle on my desk and attempting to plough through it everyday, I've decided to get a glass of water every time I have a hot drink. In the evenings I tend to only drink cold drinks like water, fruit juice or squash anyway - except for the odd glass of vino, of course! Which leads me on to...

No alcohol

This is a stipulation of my medication, that you avoid alcohol - boo! I know other people who have still continued to have a drink while they take migraine meds, but the groggy, hang-over feeling you get every morning anyway is intensified if you've had a drink... or a lot of drinks! I'm not a big drinker anyway (I'm a total lightweight!), so I'm going to limit myself to one glass of wine a week and see if that helps.

Bye-bye Cosmopolitan, my trusty and glorious friend!
More exercise 
I walk my dog for 30 minutes every day (my husband walks her for 30 minutes in the morning, too) but apart from that, I don't have a regular exercise regime. I used to practise Hatha (British Wheel) yoga, but since moving I haven't managed to find a class yet that I can get too. But that's no excuse really so instead, one night a week I'm going to dedicate time as if I was at a class, and for 1 hour and 45 minutes, lock myself away in our spare room for some meeee tiimmmeee!

Another simple change is to make sure I go for a walk at lunchtimes, whatever the weather. I spend a lot of my day sat down. Two hours commuting (sat down), seven hours at my desk (I usually write during my lunch break) and then eating dinner and slobbing out in front of the TV - haha! I SHALL do this... but as it seems to always rain here, I think my motivation will be put to the test.

And relaaaaaaaaaaaaax
Sleepy girl this #throwbackthursday
This year has been such a whirlwind, what with changing jobs, our wedding, the birth of three friends' daughters and celebrating six family and friends' weddings! So it's time to relax, kick back and enjoy a lie-in once in a while and remember to:
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 

Laura x

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