My Life as the Walking Dead

Posted at October 20, 2015 by Ava Wynne on category Health

Only 1 in 7 Americans wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated

Do you ever experience a serious lack of energy accompanied with brain fog? I have. I woke up one day and was shocked by how tired I was.

How tired was I? I was so tired there’s no doubt in my mind I would be an awesome walk on for the Walking Dead TV series. I was a zombie. A zombie!

I had dark circles under my eyes which were so puffy I looked as if I was carrying suitcases in them.

Are you at a point where you’re just so sick of feeling tired and having a lack of focus? I know I was.

Do you frequently wonder, “Why am I so tired”? Do you believe there’s a way to feel better?

That last question was something I’ve asked myself over and over. “Is there a way to feel better”? And I came to the conclusion that there has to be.

And through my journey I’ve discovered a few things that have helped me combat fatigue and brain fog. More on that later, but now back to my story.

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On this particular day the fatigue I felt was different. Not only did I have a disturbing lack of energy but I felt a measurable lack of clarity and focus.

It was as if my brain had cheesecloth over it – everything was in a haze. I was so tired and had such a lack of focus that I was opening the fridge door to put my just poured hot coffee in it.

I was leaving things in the microwave, forgetting that I’d even put anything in there. Two hours later I’d go to use the microwave and discover my lunch still sitting there. No wonder why I was so hungry.

Behavior like that would become my state day after day until I decided there had to be a better way to feel – there had to be a solution to my lack of energy, fatigue, lack of focus and lack of clarity – and there has gotta be a way to figure this crap out.

So anyway, on this particular day, I got myself out of bed and began my typical morning ritual. I made coffee, did a few stretches, got cleaned up and dressed.

But no matter what I did I still felt the same lethargy and fogginess. I would turn on my laptop to start work, but my brain was in such a fog that I would get barely anything done.

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On a scale of one to ten with ten being the most energetic, I was probably a three. I was easily distracted and continuously frustrated by fatigue, lack of energy, lack of clarity and the inability to focus.

Now I know most of us get distracted from time to time, it’s quite easy to do, especially since many of us have the world at our fingertips thanks to the internet. Yet I’m not talking about that kind of distraction.

I’m talking about my brain literally being unable to see things clearly.

Have you ever drove your car in thick fog? Or pouring rain where you can’t see anything clearly, not the paint lines on the pavement, not the street signs, and many times not even the street lights until you’re right up on them? It’s terrifying.

Well, that’s how my lack of energy and brain fog felt – terrifying. I couldn’t see anything clearly and I didn’t have the energy to see, even if I could.

Not being able to create the energy to focus completely on one thing for any length of time has been one of the most frustrating and frightening things I’ve experienced.

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I’m talking about not having the physical energy and the mental clarity to create a successful day the way I knew that I could – if I could just get the freaking energy and focus!

As a result of being in this state constantly, I also began to feel depressed and began to wonder constantly, “Why am I so tired so often? Do I have a serious illness? Do I have early dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease”?

This was the beginning of my journey-my quest if you will to determine why my body and my brain were not functioning the way I needed it to. Stay tuned to learn more about my journey.

Until then, blessings!

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