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Two for Tuesday: Feel better instantly

February 5, 2013

Outside with Scarlett

Okay, I’m going to be totally honest. Sometimes, when I haven’t slept, or Scarlett and Leo are super cranky for whatever reason and nothing I do helps, I just barely hold it (aka my sanity) together. Yes, today qualifies as one of those days. Scarlett refuses to nap, so if I’m up all night with Leo, then I’m up all day with her. Sleep when the baby sleeps? Gurl, please. So, when I feel like I am on the edge of completely losing my sh*t, this is what I do:

  1. Drink a giant glass of water. And then another. If you feel icky, irritable, sluggish, or suffer a chronic dull headache like I do each and every day, you could be dehydrated. I sure am. (My sister Dr. Lirbs backed me on this up. I know, she should probably be writing this, but she’s in residency.) I am fully aware that I don’t drink enough water, and yet I continue not to drink enough water. (Confession: I know why. It’s the peeing. I hate to stop whatever it is I’m doing to pee. A terrible reason, I know, but it’s true.) Maybe someday I’ll learn.
  2. Go outside. I don’t know why this works, but it does. Maybe it’s the change of scenery, make it’s the change in air temperature, maybe it’s the sunshine if you live anywhere other than Ohio. You don’t even have to do anything out there. Sometimes, I just go out on the porch and take a few deep breaths until I feel relaxed and calm. No joke, it works.

What about you? If you’ve got any tricks up your sleeve, I’d sure love to hear them. I need as much help as I can get.

pax (Peace and love.)

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