When I was in grad school, my friends and I took a trip during spring break to try snow boarding.  It was a bright sunny spring day and I set out for the first time to the bunny slopes with my snow board in hand thinking I can do this, I’ve been skilling since I was 14.

As I slid down the slopes….boy did I fall, multiple times landing on my bum and everywhere else despite my friend trying to give me a lesson as he effortlessly maneuvered down the slops.
Needless to say, feeling defeated and hurt after hours of trying, I hurt so bad, I was beginning to be scared to fall.
I felt sore, but didn’t think much of the soreness until the next day.  I broke out into a rash all over my face which scared me.  I was so tired and sore and felt beat up, still didn’t think much of it.
Well what ensued after that snow boarding experience was all over body rash, unbelievable fatigue, joint/muscle pain, and the Lupus diagnosis.
I know what it feels like to be without energy, so tired that it’s hard to get up out of bed…doctors discount the importance of simple lifestyle management.  I was prescribed anti-depressants, corticosteroids, pain medications, and advised to return to school if I felt well enough.
No one told me the importance of sleep, rest, exercise….to decrease inflammatory foods and increase nourishing foods to gain more energy.
So if you are struggling to get up and out of bed…….to have enough motivation to get through the day, feeling like something just isn’t right….try these three things.
1.  Eliminate all sugar, dairy, gluten, and artificial sweeteners.  Replenish with whole foods, vegetables that contain rainbow of colors…kale, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, cabbage (purple), etc.
2.  Stand up tall and walk for 15 minutes…engage in a yoga class that teaches you to stretch your body….
3.  1 hour before going to bed, try no tv, no food, alcohol, or avoid any stimulating (upsetting) conversations….take 5 mg of melatonin 30 before sleep.
Try the three things above and you’ll learn how to boost your energy levels in no time at all. That’s all your body really wants…..healthy nutrition, healthy movement, and restful sleep.
Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather!
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Connie Jeon, DPT, MPH
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