Thursday, 26 February 2009

Something seems a bit off


One day, I get in five hours of work, the next 11 hours. One night I don't sleep at all, the next I sleep for 13 hours straight. As for running, well, none of that has been seen around these here parts for a solid week. That's really not good because I have two races on Sunday.

I'm tired, worn out, stressed out, freaked out and blogged out.

Anybody got some advice on how I can achieve a little balance in my life? Links, positive thoughts and pagan ritual sacrifices are all welcome.

That is all.

25 comments:

Count of Monte Christo said...

Going on a run usually helps getting motivated for running again, though it is hard to break the circle.
Creating schedules and lists (on paper) usually does the trick to organize my life again.

I have long ago accepted that boring routines in life work best for me, so you might want to check into those?

Hang in there and all the best on the runs

Calyx Meredith said...

Oh the donkey in that picture! He looks confused and resigned at the same time. Wish I had something remotely helpful or even funny to offer. What helps me get back on track is to force myself to do one small physical thing: a short run (15 minutes!) or a 15 minute stretching session. I can't use the excuse of too busy for something that short - but it's primes the pump. And bonus - it usually makes me want to eat healthy which starts the positive spiral. Hope you find something that works for you. (And good luck in your races this weekend!)

Theresa said...

Well, start by taking a deep breath. Ok, and now another.

Didn't work? I know I hate that.

I've really got nothing, because I suck at halting the downward spiral thing. Usually, I start by washing up my dishes, because they really tend to accumulate when life is crazy. Somehow that always makes me feel more in control.

Ted said...

Oh gosh, this reminds me of my days of when I was working on my master's degree. It can be chaotic! My suggestion. (1) Find at least 15 to 30 minute of free time (2) down at least one or two bottle of beer (3) head out to the door (4) don't forget to lace your shoes (5) go out for a run and put everything behind you for awhile. Feel the air!

kelsey said...

I inadvertently poisoned myself this week with one month past expired greek yogurt.

The hallucinations were actually quite enlightening...

Maybe try that...

:)

kelsey @ kelseytoney.com

Marcy said...

OMG that pic! HAHAHA. I'm seriously cracking up over that thing. Oy. Too funny!

Have you had time for yourself? And I don't mean running time to yourself (because a lot of times that can be like "work". Especially when you have races really soon and you're already stressed out about the lack of running) Like REAL time to yourself. I usually feel refreshed after a quick trip to the mall :-X You don't have to buy anything expensive. Hell it can even be on clearance for $2. But it's gotta be something for YOU that will make you feel better :-)

Blyfinn said...

Make sure you can make some time to have just to yourself. Best if right before bed. I've also had good luck with if it is possible to get up at the same time every morning and you tend to naturally go to bed just when you're tired. Of course not everyone's life can make time for that.

If everything else fails. Sacrifice a black squirrel at dusk with a butter knife.

Roisin said...

Well I'm sure you already know this, but running helps me balance things...

And I can't say that I know too terribly much about pagan rituals, but I'm a Catholic and just sitting in Church, not necessarily going to a service or anything, helps me to clear my mind a bit.

X-Country2 said...

I agree that finding 15 minutes a day to just be by yourself and breathe can really help. Walk away from your desk, find some fresh air, and just relax.

Good luck!

Jamie said...

I've got nothing...I've been feeling the same way all month. Good luck finding a schedule again.

Merry said...

When you find the answer, will you let the rest of us know? :(

RazZDoodle said...

How about you suck it up and deal? Or, if we go by your own motivational techniques, I can threaten to kick certain body parts.

Ain't Karma a bitch? ;)

Xenia said...

Razz--Touche. ;)

tfh said...

Running? Deep breathing? If I were going to mention a physical activity that helps ever so slightly it wouldn't be either of those. However, I shall refrain from defiling your blog with the relevant links.

Seriously (not that that wasn't serious): good luck. I am sending positive thoughts your way and will try to participate in a ritual sacrifice in your honor, if possible.

Viper said...

If you weren't a lousy, no good teetotaler, I'd have plenty of recommendations for you.

Instead, all I can do is point back toward Razz's comment. Stop being a wuss.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

How about you get all Zen and treat the races as relaxation? You've been stressed, sleeping irregularly, etc. - you can't really put too much pressure on yourself to have your best races 4evah, can you? So just kick back and enjoy them. Walk at times if you have to ... or just feel like it.

You may even surprise yourself and do better that way. It's been known to happen. (Not to ME. But I hear stories.)

Or pray to Priapus. (Imagine having to race dragging THAT thing around. Okay, now double it. Now you know MY ordeal. (Apologies to Teh Moose.))

Hope you feel better soon, Sister!

Ms. V. said...

meditate.

Mike G said...

On days when I get in a good long run, I sleep like a baby. On days when I don't, I don't sleep as well.

So I run most days, usually 5 days a week, 3 of those at least 60 minutes, 2 at least 120 minutes. Better than any pharmaceutical aid.

Meg said...

graduate? That's probably not helpful but that's what I'm holding on to. ;)
Two races on Sunday?! I must have missed that. Go you!

Meg said...

graduate? That's probably not helpful but that's what I'm holding on to. ;)
Two races on Sunday?! I must have missed that. Go you!

Mike said...

"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily."

theloosemoose said...

Did you really say "TWO races on Sunday"? Daaamn - settle down over there.

Cowboy Hazel said...

Deep breaths. (And maybe a drink or two...) Good luck with the races!

Carly said...

*lurking for answers* I have the same issues.

I find when I tune out for 5-10 minutes it helps a little.

joyRuN said...

Oh, hon - I'm there with you quite a bit. I'm with Marcy - have you done anything purely for you & is obligation-free lately? Fruity beer, perhaps?

{hugs}

I know it's blasphemy, but it helps me sometimes to completely unplug once in a while.