Summer Reading Challenge Update – August 5th

We’re doing a reading challenge here at Teish Knits this summer, and it’s not too late to join in! You can download the challenge prompt list and bookmarks here. This is a strictly fun, no pressure challenge, so you can interpret the prompts as broadly as you like, and choose to do fewer of them if reading 13 books this summer seems too overwhelming. Every Tuesday, I’ll be sharing my own progress here on the blog, and I hope you’ll stop by and comment either on the blog or social media and let me know what you’re reading!

A book about health.

Adrenal fatigue is a term I’ve heard pop up over the past few years, and my interest was rather piqued. A number of books on the topic were mentioned, but with a title like Tired of Being Tired, I wanted to pick up Dr. Jesse Lynn Hanley’s book and see if there was anything that might be helpful to me.

The checklist quiz at the beginning of the book did “diagnose” me with significant adrenal fatigue. While I’m still not 100% convinced of validity of the checklist results, I do know that I need to start paying more attention to my health. With 40 waving at me from July 2020, I know that my body just can’t handle some of the things it used to when I was 25 years younger. Relying on way too much caffeine and sugar just to get through my day may have “worked” back then, but I think most of us would agree that it’s not a desirable or sustainable lifestyle. If nothing else, Tired of Being Tired has been a bit of a reality check for me.

The dietary advice in the book is fairly sensible, and not anything to out there. Other advice about exercise, rest, supplements, deep breathing, and such are also pretty sensible, and mostly the sort of thing that I know I should be doing already. I did appreciate the integration of both physical health, and mental/emotional health into the equation laid out in Tired of Being Tired. I tend to think that one of the key things missing in healthcare today is this integration of looking at all sides of health because they are truly interconnected. The book isn’t written from a Christian perspective, but there are comments from patients of Dr. Hanley’s who reference things like praying, and gratitude towards God as some of the things they practice that improve their health. So, while some of the mental or spiritual suggestions in the book may not be ones you’re comfortable trying, you can still find plenty of content that may be helpful.

While much of the content is about things I’m aware I should be doing already, and pretty common sense, it was not a bad reminder that I need to prioritize some of these things better for the sake of my own health. I’ve even taken up biking around my driveway as a result of the gentle nudge from reading Tired of Being Tired. It may seem a bit strange for a grown woman to ride a circle around her front yard on a bicycle, but I enjoy it, and it gives me a few minutes of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine for the day. It’s also why I’ve given up my 16-32 oz per day coffee habit. (Yes, it’s still tough, and I still miss coffee. I do allow myself just one cup on the weekend so that I’m less tempted to give in during the week!) If you’re feeling on the edge of burned out, or past that point, this book could be a helpful guide. As always, please consult your practitioner for medical advice regarding your health concerns.

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