It’s 6:39 pm, I’ve got off the phone from a friend while laying on my bed slowly drifting to sleep as Kendrick Lamar’s song Love plays in the background. Suddenly, it dawned on me that feeling drowsy has become a re-occurring theme when the weather is getting colder, and gloomy. As a Sickle Cell Warrior, fatigue is something I deal with regularly which can be distressing. However, it’s easier to manage during the warmer months. Which begs the question, what is it about winter that makes me feel sluggish. And what are the ways I can prevent feeling rather slow in my manners and thoughts? So I’ve diverged these simple steps that I’ve worked wonders.
LET THE RAY OF SUNLIGHT IN Despite my mind playing tricks on me that there are “monsters” or “demons” lurking around, peeking through unclosed curtains, I brave myself enough to have the curtains slightly open for the sunlight to beam in my room the next day giving me the false hope of the sun which works well. During the coldest months, I opt for my adjustable LED desk lamp with UV filter that lifts my mood and boosts concentration. You can always find the best ones for your price range on Amazon.
BEAUTY SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL
I’ll be the first to admit that I have one of the worst, if not the worst, sleeping pattern in the world thanks to my creative minds that’s always alert during the peak time of the night. However, my sleeping pattern has drastically improved without knowing the steps I’ve taken to be a normal again. But, I’ll be sure to share my tips on ways I’ve miraculously fixed my pattern when I discover the tricks. But I digress, waking up super early after getting a well-rested sleep boosts my energy and mood because I’ve had the time to switch on the lamp or get out of my bed to pull the curtains for sunlight to beam in.
Personally, I haven’t been to the gym in a while or gone out for a jog even though I should because the benefits are essential to a healthier lifestyle with the happiness gained from the endorphin-releasing into the body, however, feeling like a hypocrite for not practising what I preach would cause me stress. A simple thing you can do is perhaps, getting up from your bed to get your day started by running down the staircase when you’re off to the kitchen to get breakfast. It will give you a boost to look forward to your day.
START A CONVERSION
Perhaps, the previous step doesn’t, or won’t work for you. But, talking to a friend via texting, voice note on social media does a world of good because you’re attentive and feeling alert when the conversion is juicy, encouraging each other to start the day and put yourself in a happy mood, fighting the negative thoughts that want to run through your head.
TWEAKING YOUR DIET
Ohh! I advocate for healthy eating especially when it comes to eating five-a-day, balanced diet and drink plenty of water. During this time of the month, I’m glad that my pescatarian lifestyle prompts me to eat fish often which can help improve my mood because of its protein source that provides the energy boost to fight fatigues. Eating berries (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) in the raw or blended form gives assistance to help relieve the effect of stress on the brain.
SWEET SMELLING PILLOWS
If I don’t add essential oils while having a nighttime bath, my second option is to add several drops of essential oil to a spray top bottle, add some water, shake well and spritz my sheets. Nothing is better than crawling into sweet smelling sheets that soothes me to sleep. My go-to essential oil has, and will always be the lavender fragrance oil.
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