Long, sleepless, painfuland irritating nights can leave us beyond drained for the following day. This only heightens our anxieties about getting through the day and coping with everything we have planned.
how can we find a solution or at the very least find exercises we can do the following day to lessen anxieties and pain levels.
Here are 5 pointers you may find useful;
1. Address your symptoms; what are you suffering with today?
- an upset stomach - make yourself a mint tea with fresh mint.
- heighten nausea - make yourself a ginger tea.
- liver pain and sickness - make a ginger tea with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps detox the liver and wakes up the stomach enzymes before you begin to eat! If possible a shot of Apple cider vinegar as soon as you get up is a good call. If you can’t handle the shot you can purchase tablets from health stores like Holland and Barrett.
- burning feet - take extra B12 supplements and cool your feet in the bath.
- joint pain - rest your joints but don’t allow them to stiffen up.
- itching - don’t use creams, sprays or fabrics that will irritate the skin. Wear lose clothes.
Addressing your symptoms helps you put together a plan to help improve the levels of discomfort they are causing you.
2. Schedule; make sure you aren’t overloading your day. If you know you have an event or a job that needs a lot of your energy then ensure other tasks that are carried out are smaller and less stressful. Ensure that you have some time for yourself. Taking part in an activity that you enjoy and destresses you: mindful colouring, yoga, watching a movie, reading.
3. Easy meals and snacks; you don’t need and can’t afford to be using energy rushing around the kitchen, lifting pots and washing up. Use cooking machines that help: air fryer’s, steam bags, slow cookers and steamers. Eat snacks you enjoy but which are easy to grab.
If you eat meat and fish -
- make meat stews in the slow cooker
- steam fish and vegetables
- purchase a homemade pie to warm through
If you don’t eat meat or fish -
- cook pasta and make up the dairy free cheese sauce ( add water to the cheese powder)
- steam potatoes and vegetables
- make a potatoe stew
- air fry chips and veggies
- steam rice and vegetables with soy sauce
- steam veggies and use BeFree wraps to make up wraps or add dairy free cheese sauce for pizza wraps.
- Nak’d bars: I really recommend the lemon drizzle one! I tried it yesterday for the first time. It’s new and limited edition bar but literally tastes like cake!
Good flavours that are gluten, dairy and wheat free are- banana crunch, chocolate crunch and apricot crunch. Always look for the crunch ones as they are always wheat free not all the range is.
- Nak’d Posh Bits
- Nak’d raisins
- Apple’s with PB2 ( peanut powder ), flaxseeds and cinnamon.
4. Tell loved ones you are struggling; be open, explain your symptoms and the rough night you have had so they don’t expect you to be on top form and appreciate that plans may have to be altered or cancelled.
5. Acceptance; you can’t change the symptoms or the night you have suffered/suffering through. If it means plans have to be cancelled we can’t stress over that. The excess stress does nothing but make us worse and this is so hard not to do! As we all want to honour our commitments and be productive but beating ourselves up and over thinking everything is only adding to our already unbearable pain. We have to dig deep and accept the situtation at present for what it is. Again loved ones are great at helping with this, offering words of wisdom, support, alternatives and love.
Facing the day is hard enough without knowing you have an important schedule. Breaking it down and trying our best to help & keep things as simple as possible is key and I hope the above has helped.
As always we have to make any negatives into positives. Knowing that it’s not about doing everything, just as much as we can is all we can ask of ourselves.
Enjoy the Halloween weekend.
Don’t get too spooked!
Love and peace
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.