Today, I wake up in the morning, full of energy – not a burst of energy that is easily expended and depleted, but a slow-burning, steady energy that sustains me through my day.
In 2013, this was not the case. That year, every day, no matter what time I went to bed, I woke up tired. At 6 a.m. the day loomed before me like an insurmountable Everest. I remember getting my kids up and fed and bathed, and looking at the clock and thinking ‘No way – 8 am – I will never make it all the way through this day!’ And then my body would fill up with a kind of panic. Because, I literally did not feel that I could make it through the day – my energy was too low. This was not in my head, this was a physical reality.
It didn’t help that I had to take Benedryl soon after getting up, in order to calm down the angry, red hives that covered my body. The deep love I have for my children was what got me through those days, that and sheer will. I would tell myself ‘you can do this’ over and over. And I was a stay-at-home mom whose job was to cook, clean, and care for my little ones. I put everything I had into their care. If I had been forced to leave to a job where I had to drive and get ready and interact with adults, there is no way I would have made it, in a situation like that. I simply did not have enough energy.
I know a lot of women struggle with fatigue. Is this just life, just the way it is? No. I have proved otherwise by regaining my health, clarity and energy. But, it is crucial to understand that our bodies are comprised of various interconnected systems. If one of these systems goes down, or is compromised, a chain reaction ensues. Fatigue is one symptom that things are off.
Do we want to wait until we are in the doctor’s office undergoing tests, hearing bad news? Because that is the inevitable outcome of a life lived under stress, or with a diet that is taxing our system to the point that a domino effect of collapse is occurring within us, silently.
The first step is understanding how it all works. This is our health we are talking about, our very vitality. It is paramount. We can’t leave it to the professionals to understand how we work – sure we can rely on them to be the experts, but we can have a good grasp on how our own bodies work, so that we can instigate healing for ourselves. As women, we have an invaluable tool in our box, and that is intuition. Couple this tool with knowledge, and healing is accessible to us all, no matter how sick we are.
Depression – not situational sadness that is a normal part of life – but depression, that bleak feeling of hopelessness, or that life is too boring or too flat, is a symptom that our internal systems are failing. Before we have total health collapses like MS or cancer, our bodies send us subtle red flags that something is off. These include depression, fatigue, weight gain or difficulty losing or gaining weight, , loss of libido and brain fog. These symptoms are not ‘just part of life’. There are situational reasons for all of these, but if there are no explanations for these symptoms, we should not have to live with them.
It is our birthright to be vibrant. We each have something to offer this world, and this world needs us now more than ever. We were born to be bright, imaginative, energetic beings, with a zest for being alive. Anything less, and we are being short changed. Let’s not get to the last years of our life and be filled with regret. Let’s not die slow, miserable deaths as our bodies finally collapse from years of inner disease that we simply ignored.
Let this be the year we ALL choose healing!
My next post will start to dive into the mechanics of how our bodies work – a fascinating exploration into the reality within.