Help me be peppy!
December 2, 2011 7:23 AM Subscribe
I need more energy - how can I stop being tired and have the strength and will to get more done? Tell me what I'm doing wrong and give me your tips for being energetic - lots of snowflake details inside.
posted by Frowner to Health & Fitness (45 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I need to feel less tired all the time! I have so much that I want/need to do, and I consider the kids who are working and going to school, and I feel so lazy, plus I feel like I must be doing something wrong. Here's the scoop:
I work a full-time desk job which I enjoy. I bike commute and bike around town all year, riding about sixty miles a week when the weather is good and about thirty when it's extremely snowy/icy. I do volunteer work which requires one night a week and about four hours on Saturdays. I usually have one other volunteer commitment on another weeknight, and sometimes have one or two other evening things that are either social or political. I sleep a little less than eight hours a night.
And I'm tired a lot. When I got home from my volunteer stuff this week I was so tired I couldn't do anything except go right to bed. I can't get much done in the evenings after I get home from work/volunteering because I am just so tired. I spend part of the weekend resting.
I'm vegan and when I have time I eat a fairly high protein diet, but the tiredness is making it harder to cook (and the whole "cook on the weekend for the week" - I do that sometimes, and it's a four hour cooking slog to make a couple of bean dishes and something for lunch on Sundays when I already have laundry and cleaning to do)
I can't seem to get all my volunteer "homework" done right now - I need to send a lot of email and coordinate a lot of events, but I find myself putting it off because it's hard to stay focused. Is this ADHD or tiredness or something else?
Things I want to do but can't right now: get to the gym two or three times a week because my back and arms are sore and stiff; add one more volunteer project which would involve one more meeting a week, even if it means dropping a social evening; work on selling a bunch of vintage clothes; and finally answer all my emails.
To me this seems like it should be doable if I just didn't need so many down evenings.
My thyroid, per my doctor, is "normal" - ie, I don't have the actual numbers. I am not anemic, or at least I wasn't at the last doctor visit.
What tips do you have for more energy? What am I doing wrong? What might be wrong with me? (YANAD, I will be seeing my primary in a couple of months after I try homemade fixes)
(I am not interested in eating meat or dairy, so please don't suggest that.)