Why Am I So F**king Tired?!

Stesha Uncategorized

There’s only so much that nutrition & sleep can do – sure, they’re amazing places to start, but what if you have the macros, sleep, & training dialed in but you ’re still feeling exhausted & overwhelmed from the moment you wake up until you go to bed?
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Perhaps it has to do with what you’re doing DURING the day that has an effect on your energy levels.
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We can’t expect to blow our adrenal load day in & day out & expect to recover from that with 5-6 hrs of sleep.
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It’s the same concept when you start training…you don’t just go out & run 10 miles 5 days a week & expect that your food & sleep is going to be enough to recover you from that – no, you’d be training outside your means of recovery.
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The same is true with this hustle mindset – we’re living outside our means of stress recovery by working long hrs without any breaks, multitasking, managing 10 thousand tabs on your laptop (guilty), taking on too many commitments, & letting negative relationships reside in our space.
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What does living outside your means of stress recovery look like?
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Well to start, you wake up tired, you drink a pot of coffee just to function, you may have to take a nap midday, you crave sweets, sugar, & alcohol at night, your mood is blah around your friends & family, & you complain about never having time to do the things that make you happy – hell, you might not even know what makes you happy anymore…
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Not only do we feel like shit, but our body starts to break down. Our skin looks older & more wrinkled, we forget things, we can’t think as clearly due to slow cognition, our immune system tanks & we begin to get sick more often, maybe even develop an autoimmune disease, our hunger hormones are all over the place, not to mention our sex drive is meh…
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This hustle mindset has got to end. We cannot run ourselves ragged all day long & expect the 5-6 hours of sleep we get at night to recover us from that shit. Burnout is a real thing & it’s just around the corner folks.
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Not only do we need to implement breaks, but we need to start implementing more self-care into these breaks (and no, scrolling social media does not count here). Instead we can minimize the stress we perceive through gratitude, get outside with the sun & walk in nature, getting clear on our own ability to handle stress, & learning to say ‘no’ to the things that aren’t a ‘hell yes’, eliminating caffeine from coffee & pre-workouts, implementing a bedtime routine of meditation, reading, & limiting blue light.
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How do we know if we are living within our means of stress load?
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For me, it’s when I wake up each day with energy & excitement, I couldn’t care less if the coffee pot was working, I am able to slip into deep & creative thought throughout the day, I have at least an hour per day to play, wonder & process the day, I am eager to hang out with people & follow through on the commitments I make to them, just to name a few.
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Love to hear the promises you are willing to make yourself this week! Let’s go fam!!