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How I try to have enough energy through the day

On the beginning of March I started working at a new job. The work looked interesting and the colleagues were nice. But a problem appeared, one that I didn’t expected. For sure not so early after starting new job. I started to be quite tired. So after work I haven’t had energy to do something. And that was happening despite me getting to sleep quite early and sleeping about 8 hours a day. So the problem wasn’t caused by lack of sleep.

So I decided to do something about it, so I would have more energy through the day. I also hoped that I would not need to go to sleep so early and be able to do something on the evenings. There were so many things I would like to do, but because of the fatigue I haven’t had time or energy left to do them.

Another problem was, that occasionally I haven’t slept well. Some days I just couldn’t fall asleep and when I did, I ended up waking in the middle of night again. On days following night like this I had trouble getting anything done. It was simply wasted day for me. And at a point, shortly after I started this new job, I had several such days like this and this was quite a problem.

So I needed something to give me energy to get through the day without such problems. The easiest solution was to start drinking green tea. It already helped me to get through days I had trouble sleeping and so I hoped that it will help me with this energy problem too.

But it didn’t solve problem with fatigue in the evening. I have experience with green tea, that if I drink it later in the afternoon, I will have hard time falling asleep. So I have to be careful about it to not cause more problems, that it would solve. Also it turned out that in the long run that daily drinking of the green tea would start to make me feel tired instead.

Beside that, I tried other way to make me have more energy – I started to exercise, specifically I started running. I used to run before and from that experience I knew that running can give energy. But I haven’t been running for a quite while and starting again was hard. After first course I was so tired, that I almost fell asleep after a I got out of shower and ate dinner. Well the track I ran was 6.5 kilometer long and at first it took me over 45 minutes to finish it.

Such state lasted for some time, first few weeks I was quite tired after running. But that was to be expected after half year without exercising. But then it started to get better. At first only a bit, but later I was even able to get to bed later. The time I needed to run the course was improving too. Especially in the beginning I was improving quite quickly and after some weeks the times stabilized at about 40 minutes with me trying to do the track 3 times a week.

The reason I started running such long course straight away was because I wanted to exercise that would last at least 40 minutes – this was because I have read that such long exercises can switch metabolism into “faster mode”. I have no idea if this is true as I haven’t researched it further, so I don’t know how much truth is there about it. If you know more about it, I will be glad if you let me know or send me a link. And it’s simply also true that these long tracks suit me better. I’m the kind of person that prefers long exercises over the ones oriented on speed. And I wasn’t sure if shorter exercise would have enough of effect anyway.

Another thing I changed was, that I started to eat more often. After all human body gets energy from food and I hoped that if I will eat more than just 3 times a day, as I was used, I will have more energy from it. So I stared to eat snacks during the day – be it some pastry witch chocolate or an apple for example (I like apples a lot (: ) or something else. In contrast with exercise I haven’t noticed any big difference, but at least I wasn’t getting hungry during the day. On the contrary, I was feeling a little bit stuffed sometimes.

But in combination with running it had interesting effect, one that I didn’t actually expected. I lost a quite bit of weight – roughly about 5 or 6 kilos after a half year of exercising with some breaks. I expected to lose a bit weight, but nowhere near so much.

Another pleasant change, that was apparently caused by exercising was, that when I haven’t slept well again sometime, then it didn’t have as bad effect as usually. Even when I had trouble sleeping few days in a row, it didn’t cause me so much problems as one night of bad sleeping before. I quite didn’t expect this and even though lack of sleep was still unpleasant, I was at least able to get something during the day following it.

What’s coming next? Hard to tell. Twice during the half year following I interrupted my exercising. Once because lack of time and second time because of injury. In both cases it was difficult to start again. So I hope there are no more interruptions waiting for me in the near future. Because after that would follow, quite needlessly, days when I would fall asleep quite early after the exercise.

I also started to exercise a bit in the morning and during the day – just a simple and quick warm up exercises. So I will see, what effect this will have on me in the future. So far only thing that happened was, that my legs and arms hurt a little bit. That already passed, so hopefully in the near future the positive results will start to show up. Though it is entirely possible that the pain was caused by not optimal choice of food. Because it vanished after I started to eat more foods that are recommended for muscle growth. And I have to admit that I hope, that my muscles will grow at least a bit, especially on the arms. I really could use some more of muscle mass there.

I probably won’t be adding more exercises, it would be hard to find time for it anyway. Though I would like to try Tai-chi for example, it’s quite tempting me especially after I read about it’s positive health effects. But there’s simply not enough time to do everything I’d like in the day. And sometime in the future I will write about how these quick exercises turned out. (: And then there’s mental energy needed for more challenging activities. So I would like to explore how to get that one too.

Mandatory blog post about why I started to write blog (:

As the title already says, this is just the usual mandatory post about why I actually started to write here. After all it not really common for a introvert to start something public like this. And because I am introverted and I had to start somehow anyway, I decided to write what convinced me to actually start writing blog.
I was thinking about starting one for a few years. But every time it failed on something, be it lack of time or me not actually having ideas on what to write or something completely different. During that time I ran into many articles that tried to inspire into writing blogs. And after every each of them I said myself, that I could finally begin. Other ones said, how blog are useful for many things¬† and I was just nodding… And in the end it ended up in me doing nothing, none of them didn’t really convince me. I guess these were written for someone different.
Because recently I ran in one short presentation made for introverts that managed to do what none of the blogs before – I finally started to write. Very slowly, because I don’t have very much time, but I actually started. Because thanks to the presentation I realized that there are good reasons to start. And some of them were really important to me. (Also there’s blog linked in the presentation, that has extra ideas and details.)
For me the most important one is, that it helps me things thinks through. Because usually I have problems with it and even forget I actually should do it. Or even realize I should do it. But when I will write blog, I will spend more time and energy working on it. And even if I missed something important, there’s good chance that someone would point out in comments. (: And as a bonus, this thinking out thing will hopefully help me to clear some thing about myself, that I have a bit of mess in.
That is followed by my effort to improve my communication skills. The thing is that I’m pretty bad at talking with others. So every opportunity to improve is welcome for me. Especially because as introvert I have a problem, that when I am in discussion with¬† more than one person, I have problem to say anything. In blog this problem doesn’t exist and when I’m talking to just one person it’s easier for me a bit. And also, as similar people have tendency to like each other, there’s chance that I come upon someone interesting for me (or actually s/he will find me).
And there are other things easier for me – for example it takes me a while to remember something. (That is if I actually manage to remember, but I might write some other time about remembering.) There is no such problem when writing. I can spend as much time as I need trying to remember and it’s easy to look-up facts when needed. And also I will have this blog as a record, if I will need to remember something I was thinking about before.
So, I guess now I should make summary about what I actually plan to write here. In the near time (for very relative values of near, just this short log took me few week to finish), I will be trying to write about what I will be thinking about. But beside that I will write here about things that interest me, like books, programming, computer games and such stuff. Occasionally there maybe will show up something about anime or movie. But these probably will be exceptions. And event though I don’t consider myself a writer, sometimes I’m in the mood to write some story. These will probably too end up here. That is if I don’t decide turn them into visual novel.
That would be all for now, I guess. But because this is my first blog, I probably made many unnecessary mistakes and there is many things I could do better. So if you have a tip or suggestion, feel free to let me know in comments.