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#1 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

I am feeling so so flat lately. I just can't get going. I am sleeping through several alarms in the mornings, to the point that the kids have missed a couple of days of kinder because we would have been so late anyway (half hour drive to get there).

Even during the day I just don't have the energy to get anything done. I am going to start taking some vitamins and iron but in the meantime what is good for a quick boost of energy?

I have a mountain of washing to fold but just thinking about it makes me sleepy

#2 lozoodle

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

A healthy diet, plenty of sleep and some exercise. Get up and go for a 20 minute walk in the mornings. I know it sounds crazy when you are tired, but you will come back feeling energised.

#3 librablonde

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

Firstly OP, I'd go and get a full bloodtest to check thyroid, iron, blood sugar, hormones, and so on. Your lethargy sounds pretty severe. Also, are you depressed right now?

#4 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:28 PM

I am talking about an instant quick energy boost, not general lifestyle things.

There is more to it than just what I have said in my OP.

Plenty of sleep is not something you can just get sometimes, and exercise does not make me feel energised at all right now. Maybe for a normal healthy person.

QUOTE (librablonde @ 21/11/2012, 01:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Firstly OP, I'd go and get a full bloodtest to check thyroid, iron, blood sugar, hormones, and so on. Your lethargy sounds pretty severe. Also, are you depressed right now?


No, not depressed. I have called to make an appointment with my doctor but can't get in for a couple of weeks.

#5 idignantlyright

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:28 PM

DD used to have a can of V or mother. Since she has grown out of that phase, she prefers a banana smoothie or just a banana.

#6 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:28 PM

Just looking for ideas of certain foods or something that might help to give me a quick pick me up.

#7 lozoodle

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

Sorry, just suggested the walk thing as its something that definitely gives me a quick energy burst when I'm utterly exhausted.

You could take some speed? Tounge1.gif

Lots of fruit helps me too.

Edited by lozoodle, 21 November 2012 - 12:29 PM.


#8 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

QUOTE (idignantlyright @ 21/11/2012, 01:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD used to have a can of V or mother. Since she has grown out of that phase, she prefers a banana smoothie or just a banana.


Yes I used to do that but am trying to steer clear of caffeine as I think my regular caffeine consumption is actually just contributing to the problem

Edited by SirDidymus, 21 November 2012 - 12:31 PM.


#9 daisydo

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 21/11/2012, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could take some speed? Tounge1.gif

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#10 lozoodle

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

In all seriousness, though, quick fixes generally make you feel worse in the long term.

Then you get into a bit of a cycle of resorting to the quick fixes like sugar in the afternoon, or a coffee in the morning, but then come crashing down quick and feel crap.

I honestly think just a healthy balanced diet is the best start.

#11 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

Bananas are a great energy boost, and really low-effort to eat, as well!

I find a H/c/t sandwich really stimulating as well - sounds a bit dumb, but you get a nice protein hit, which might not boost your energy straight away, but will pick you up after about 20 minutes.

Cold water - good for your hydration and a lovely shock to the system, especially in summer.

#12 Leha

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

The best thing to do is eat healthy and exercise. Cut out as much sugar as artificial foods as you can. If you are wanting a quick fix then get out and go for a walk or jog.

I sometimes drag myself out of bed at 530 even when I have only had a few hours sleep. I find that the exercise will give me the boost I need to get through the day and if I don't do it I will feel crap all day.

Also don't underestimate the value of clean eating. I have been feeling exhausted for months but have been really bad with eating lots of sugar and junk due to stress from the kids. This week I got sick of feeling like this so I decided to go back to my Michelle Bridges eating plan and feel back to normal already even though I am only getting abou 5 hours sleep a night.

If this doesn't help probably an idea to see your doctor in case it is something else.

#13 amesv

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

Coffee or a quick jog around the block.

#14 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 21/11/2012, 01:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I honestly think just a healthy balanced diet is the best start.


Except when you already have that, except for some coffee drinking, which I am cutting back on anyway.

I'm not talking about caffeine or sugar.

When you do all the right things but you are still so exhausted that you can barely keep your eyes open. When doing everyday tasks is a struggle. Then occasionally a quick fix so that maybe the house can look half respectable for a day isn't such a bad thing.

#15 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (NapCat @ 21/11/2012, 01:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bananas are a great energy boost, and really low-effort to eat, as well!

I find a H/c/t sandwich really stimulating as well - sounds a bit dumb, but you get a nice protein hit, which might not boost your energy straight away, but will pick you up after about 20 minutes.

Cold water - good for your hydration and a lovely shock to the system, especially in summer.


Thank you. This is the kind of response I was looking for. I'll try a banana with a glass of cold water.

If you are exhausted why do people automatically assume that obviously you eat unhealthily and don't exercise.

#16 lizzzard

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:41 PM

I was pretty impressed with the effect of Berroca - I think it's just Vit B but it really does give me a boost when I'm low on energy.

#17 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE (lizzzard @ 21/11/2012, 01:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was pretty impressed with the effect of Berroca - I think it's just Vit B but it really does give me a boost when I'm low on energy.


Oh that's not a bad idea, I think we have some of that. MIght go have a look.

Thanks for the responses. Hopefully I can get something done today!

#18 Illiterati

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

I could barely drag my sad and sorry a*se out of bed this morning.  Right now - I am eating a 200gr Toblerone Bar which was half price at coles... I know that will not help long term. But today it works for me.



#19 MissM86

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

Bowl of fruit
Berocca
Banana
Nuts/Yoghurty-Nut bar type of thing
Lots of water
Herbal teas
Walking
Mindset! Sometimes I find it easy to keep saying to myself 'Oh my god, I am so tired, so exhausted blah blah blah'. I have to tell myself to suck it up and get on with it, no one cares! This has really helped me actually- just saying 'Yep, I am tired but honestly, no one else can do anything about it so I have to accept it and move on'.

#20 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE (winterlong @ 21/11/2012, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I could barely drag my sad and sorry a*se out of bed this morning.  Right now - I am eating a 200gr Toblerone Bar which was half price at coles... I know that will not help long term. But today it works for me.


laugh.gif

haha yes I am trying to avoid *those* kinds of energy boosts

I have been trying to avoid sweets and coffee as much as I can but I did give in to a coffee this morning, only because I had to take DHs chainsaw in to get looked at and had a 15 minute wait so went around the corner to a coffee shop. Did nothing to help wake me up though. It's nearly 2pm and I still fee like I have just gotten out of bed!

#21 lozoodle

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE (SirDidymus @ 21/11/2012, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Except when you already have that, except for some coffee drinking, which I am cutting back on anyway.

I'm not talking about caffeine or sugar.

When you do all the right things but you are still so exhausted that you can barely keep your eyes open. When doing everyday tasks is a struggle. Then occasionally a quick fix so that maybe the house can look half respectable for a day isn't such a bad thing.

That is the point where I'd be seeing a doctor and having some blood tests to see if something else was going on.

Failing that, another thing that seems to help me is just forcing myself to get things done. Write a really basic list of stuff you'd like to acheive that day and just make yourself do it. Sometimes just pushing yourself to get back into routine and get on top of things really helps.

Hope you find something that helps original.gif

Edited by lozoodle, 21 November 2012 - 12:57 PM.


#22 cameo

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

Apples have more caffeine than a coffee according to Discovery channel on Foxtel...

#23 Illiterati

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE
but I did give in to a coffee this morning, only because I had to take DHs chainsaw in to get looked at


I think that is an actual Occupational Health and Safety requirement: not being coffee deprived while in posession of a chainsaw.  biggrin.gif

#24 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 21/11/2012, 01:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is the point where I'd be seeing a doctor and having some blood tests to see if something else was going on.


Yes if I you read my previous post I did that.

Sorry lozoodle I don't think you quite understand the level of exhaustion. The things you added in your edit are an everyday thing for me. These are the things I am finding I CAN'T even get done. If I pushed myself anymore I will fall in a heap. My current to do list is basically - keep the kids fed and alive. Can't get much more basic.

Obviously I am concerned enough about it to have called my doctor. Seeing him isn't an immediate thing but trying to find some energy in the meantime.

Edited by SirDidymus, 21 November 2012 - 01:00 PM.


#25 solongsuckers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (winterlong @ 21/11/2012, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think that is an actual Occupational Health and Safety requirement: not being coffee deprived while in posession of a chainsaw.  biggrin.gif


laugh.gif  lol it didn't even have a bar and chain attached to it so not sure I could get away with that excuse




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