Can I adapt to high energy situations?
August 1, 2012 11:54 AM Subscribe
Can high energy be learned?
posted by Laura Macbeth to health & fitness (12 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I worked on campaigns for a couple of years. Campaign hours are long, the work is relentless and the crisscross traveling is extensive (and I only traveled in-state). After three or four days of a breakneck schedule, I would always be exhausted to the point where I could barely function and no amount of caffeine or exercise would pep me up (and this was when I was in my early 20s). I'd sneak off for naps and alone time because I felt so awful.
But there were always the staffers who had endless energy, who reinvigorated after 3 hours of sleep, who didn't seem affected by jet leg on cross-country or international trips. I grilled them for their secrets, but all I came up with is that some people are wired with that type of energy, and some people aren't. While I won't rule it out for some of the people I worked with, drugs/uppers (beyond caffeine and energy drinks) weren't involved.
My question: if this type of go-go-go energy doesn't come naturally, can it be learned? Were you like me - a bag of incoherent bones after a three-day work bender - and trained yourself to become one of those peppy upstarters? I love campaign life, and I enjoy busy, breakneck work schedules, but I just can't seem to keep up. I'm interested to learn if you, personally, have become an very energetic person and how you did it. Any literature on the topic works, too.
As a note, I'm in my 30s, fairly healthy and an introvert. I recharge alone, so I wouldn't rule out that I just can't cut that type of extroversion this lifestyle demands.