The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Nov 03, 2013

I woke up this morning with a mild headache, a few aches and pains and with zero motivation to do the long list of chores and activities sitting in the kitchen. I didn't want to do groceries, I was not in the mood to teach gymnastics and I certainly didn't feel like playing hockey. I kind of felt like sitting in bed all day, staying on top of what my friends were up to on Facebook and questioning why I didn't feel amazing. It was probably the slice of bread I ate yesterday (even though I've never showed any signs of gluten intolerance). Or maybe it was because I ate out of a plastic Tupperware full of BPAs and I am now experiencing the effects of too many environmental estrogens. It could possibly be that my progesterone and estrogen levels are not balanced optimally or that my cortisol levels are too high or too low. Oh no I forgot to spray magnesium oil on my ass last night, THAT'S the problem. This is what I do when I don't feel 100% as soon as I wake up. I recall inaccurate details from articles I've read online that were written by people who always feel awesome and who wake up every day full of energy and ready to go. I try and figure out what's wrong and I get grumpy, mad and irritated that I don't have all the answers and I don't know why I feel less than awesome. I just need to find the magic combination of supplements, superfoods and exercise and I'll be perfect. My life is one giant science experiment.

But recently I started questioning whether I should worry how I feel when I wake up. The Internet says that if I'm an optimal being I should have 8+ hours of perfect deep sleep and then wake up feeling awesome and energized. But I've figured out that if I wake up feeling crappy, I go drink a glass of hot water and lemon, sip some green juice or greens powder and spend 10 minutes doing joint mobility and foam rolling, then I feel pretty damn good. It isn't always easy to do those 3 simple things when I wake up, especially when there's unknown amounts of inflammation everywhere in my digestive system and I'm in short supply of magnesium, but I know that if I do I'll most likely feel pretty fucking good afterwards.

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Oh and for the record teaching gymnastics was so much fun, groceries at scary organics was exciting because they have so many kombucha tea flavours to choose from and hockey was awesome. After yesterday's post I felt an obligation to play well. I still didn't score but I skated pretty fast into the boards a lot. What a great day.