Sorry about my absence these past couple of days. I feel, this morning, as though I am stepping out of a fog. A fog of headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms of this shift away from caffeine consumption. Yesterday was the worst day so far, with a period of time in the afternoon filled with incoherent sentences, extreme impatience, and heavy eyelids. I almost broke down and rushed off to the coffee shop for the largest size they could serve me, but I stuck it out. (I believe there may have been some whining involved, so I apologize to my darling, patient husband.)
Today the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, and my brain feels (mostly) fully functioning. I still have a short distance to go before I am completely free from caffeine dependence, but I have come a long way too. I did not realize how powerfully under the spell I was until now, experiencing this new clarity and more natural energy.
I still have more things I am working on. Getting myself into bed on time is a struggle on my more stressed days. So is maintaining focus and avoiding mindless zoning on the computer. With more sleep and less caffeine addiction, I find myself wanting to tackle organizational projects around the home. I am hoping this motivation is a continuing trend as I get us nested through fall for the winter.
Increasing fruits and veggies is also top of my personal to-do list. I have done so much better at this, but definitely need to keep growing in this area. Bi-weekly Farmer’s Market trips are being scheduled on the calendar, and I have been enjoying my visits to the local natural foods store and a new local market/cafe, and avoiding the usual big supermarket. In this way, I am not only accessing better quality, local produce, but I am also breaking out of my same-old patterns of traveling up and down the aisles, grabbing the same things over and over again. These markets are much more inspiring, and ensure that we are eating food that is fresh and in-season. I am really excited for the inspiration that will come from this year’s Common Ground trip.
I’d love to hear from you. Are you making any positive changes or choices for your health and that of your family right now? Do you have any tips or advice for me? What habits have you been working on, from the creative to the health-conscious?