To Hit The Ground Running Means Nothing If You Land On Your Face

Nobody “enjoys” waking up… Perhaps some enjoy getting out of bed and facing the day depending on what the day may hold, which for many, isn’t a whole lot given the current state of the world. But waking up refreshed and happy to be doing so is a fleeting thing, and can be pretty difficult to achieve, especially with Diabetes.

During my younger years, I remember distinct mornings when I would wake by slowly opening my eyes, taking stock of the fact the sun was up, have a good stretch and slowly ease myself out of bed. I would smile, crack various joints and start moving towards whatever the day would carry. I would usually feel rested, and I would basically wake when my body told me, “You’ve had enough sleep. You can get up, now.” Yeah… THOSE days are f#$kin’ gone…

These days, I RARELY get a full night’s sleep. Stress over work issues, illness and blood sugar fluctuations usually see to that. I set an alarm, but I very rarely get to actually wake with it. On top of those factors, and infant who seems to have found his voice and choose to hoop and wail consistently every five minutes, coupled with a 5-year old who feels it’s important to remind me that it’s morning, tend to get me out of bed sooner than I would choose.

You know those jokes you read about on the internet, about how you used to stay up all night then go into work to complete an 8-hour shift? And now you have to call in sick if you’ve slept wrong? That’s a bit of what I’m looking at here. And it sucks, because I’m a firm believer that how you start your day will have a direct impact on how your day as a whole plays out.

Think about it: If you wake up well-rested and enjoy a morning coffee and head off to work in a controlled manner, you’ll likely be in a better mood throughout the day and better equipped to deal with whatever issues arise. But if you wake up feeling like a bag of smashed ass and have spent half the night up adjusting your blood sugars, you’ll likely spend your day in a grumpy funk.

Speaking solely for myself, I often and usually spend a significant amount of time during the dead of night, trying to lower or raise my blood sugars, depending on what my body has decided to bless me with on a particular night. Although my endocrinologist and have examined my overnight basal levels and yes, I do test at night, factors outside my control such as sleep quality, nightmares, stress and kids can still wreak havoc.

Today’s post doesn’t contain a complicated lesson, and maybe I’m just complaining about getting a bad night’s sleep. But the take-home here is that how you start your day will influence the entire thing. So if your feet hit the ground and you already feel a dark cloud over your head, be sure to do something about it. Take a walk. Have a workout. Do something that you enjoy or brings you happiness. All of these will often help to lift the funk. ☯

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I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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