Who knew water was such a vital part of being healthy. I mean, I know it's good for us. If we don't have water we could die, blah blah blah. Really, though, unless it happens to you, it just doesn't sink in. For me, it happens countless times and it still doesn't sink in. Add on excuses like "I'm too busy to drink anything but that one cup of coffee in the morning. If I even manage to get that in." And you are on the road to what happened to me today. What has happened to me many times before. Apparently, I need more than one incident to learn my lesson and stick with it.
I have been doing a lot lately. Probalby not in the most effective manner. Which is most likely why I feel run down. I need a lot of sleep, however, I also need to keep busy to ensure I don't get sick with depression among other things. Add on insomnia. Oh and the desire to go to Chicago, so I'm trying to pick up quite a few hours. Then wanting to put in support for different things here and there and it's just a recipe for running myself ragged. The thing is I know my tolerance level, but others think it's too little. I myself think it's too little some days. That's just it though. I am too concerned about what others think. I know too well that if I run myself hard one day, the next I need to pull back a lot. Then I can go again the next day. I haven't been. I have been trying to keep up the pace with everyone else and then some. Not smart. Oh yeah, and we were all sick for over a week with colds. I still have a bit of mine.
So because of this, today I woke up and felt like I had a hangover. I had one, count them one, glass of wine when I got home last night. It was not even a full glass. Yet I woke up feeling like I partied all night long. My head pounded, my vision was dulled. Light killed, and I could barely stay awake. Oh and holy, growly. So I had no choice but to call in sick to work. I could kick myself. I called in sick and started to down my water. I have felt this way before, although not this bad, and self diagnosed as dehydrated. Looks like I might be right. I am feeling a touch better, but need to drink more. I plan on going to bed at a somewhat decent hour as well, hopefully that will help.
Lesson: If nothing else, listen to your body. Slow down when needed. It will all fall into place anyway. Forcing it will only make you crazy. Drink water. For every other drink you have, drink a glass of water right after it. If you don't want anything else, but are hungry, drink a glass of water, wait a bit, and then eat if still hungry. Get sleep! Sleep is very important. Learn how to follow through and stick with your knowledge, you'll live longer. Yeah, this last one, I need a.s.a.p.
***Please note that I looked up signs of dehydration and they all fit. If I felt it was more serious I would be making an appointment with a doctor. Never self diagnose and take medication without a doctors okay.***