Not that I'm totally against taking pills. In vitamin form, I do take some. I've been known to take an ibuprofen from time to time. And I doubt that I'd turn down a Valium if anyone's offering...especially during the week. Other than that, I tend to avoid pills and doctors like the plague (see what I did there?...LOL)
I know that there are situations where taking meds is probably the best option. But taking them unnecessarily is just dumb. The only worse? Prescribing them. I've seen people take more meds than the candy I used to eat. And that's a lot. A really lot. An embarrassing lot.
How does this relate to my lack of energy problem? There are pills and drinks out there that 'people' swear will rejuvenate me. Sorry
I know. Y'all thought I was running. I was. And I was enjoying it. BUT, I found out the hard way (the same way I learn just about everything) that running can complicate a Baker's Cyst, which I have in my right knee. No running or climbing stairs for a while. Walking IS ok though so I'm still walking Tuck but now we go for a half mile in the mornings and a mile or two in the afternoons.
With all that in mind, I decided that I should start looking inward by trying some mindful meditation. It's not a new idea as it's been around forEVER. Plus, I've never been successful with meditation of any type in the past because it always made me angry, restless, etc. every time I did try it. That's why I decided to try mindful meditation. I'm learning to be aware of myself and my surroundings. I'm learning how to quiet my thoughts and just listen. And feel. And notice.
I've just finished my first week of mindful meditation and I have noticed a difference already, slight though it may be. I've noticed that:
- my mind wanders far more than a wild animal looking for food during a drought
- I can stop the wandering thoughts
- I can slow down and pay attention (or notice) the things I'm doing without rushing just to get through it
- my mind is not too old to be trained positively
- I am not focused on a low energy level and, at the same time, I'm not drained as early in the day as I have been