To Overdoing It

An Open Letter: To Overdoing It

An open letter focusing on decompressing when it comes to overdoing it daily. Your well-being shouldn't be compromised!

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To Overdoing It,

I was talking with a friend not too long ago about overdoing it. That can mean many things to different people, but I am referencing in this week's letter to not getting enough sleep or relaxation.

As the world becomes even more complicated, it gets faster as well. It's in human nature to believe that we have to shove a hundred things into the 24 hours we're given in a day. It can be hard to ditch something entirely or move it to another date when going down a "to-do" list.

However, over exhaustion can be felt first in the body. And trust me, it'll let you know when it's not happy.

As I stated before, how someone can tell if they're over their limit can vary. However, even the smallest changes should be attended to. It could be that you seem a bit more sluggish than normal or that you can't focus as easily as you typically do. Whatever it may be, you have to sit and ask, "do I need a break? Am I overdoing it?"

I know it isn't easy for everyone to take a break away from their daily activities or responsibilities, but if you can answer, "yes" to the above questions, it may be a good idea. Even taking a half day to lie down or sit on the couch and read can do wonders to restore you physically and mentally.

As with most things, I am not an expert nor should my letters or any of my pieces take the place of seeing a physician or professional. However, I do write with the intent to help someone reflect on things. In this case, it's sleeping or relaxing to help fight fatigue.

That is my challenge for everyone in the upcoming weeks. I hope my readers can take some serious time away from their routines, be it rigorous or not, to restore and revitalize their bodies and minds. May you choose a healthy method of getting back on track and always remember that your wellbeing cannot and should not be compromised.


Many Good Vibes to You,

Jessica

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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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10 Struggles Only Anemics Will Understand

Popping (iron) pills is all we know.

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Anemia is a medical condition in which the blood lacks hemoglobin, the protein that is responsible for transporting oxygen. As a result, individuals diagnosed with it constantly feel weak and tired. I was born with thalassemia, a condition that destroys red blood cells and makes you more susceptible to getting anemia. There are many factors that cause the condition, but symptoms are consistent for sufferers.

Fun fact: 30% of the world's population is anemic.

1. Always forgetting to take your ferrous sulfate pills

My friends and family constantly hound me to eat them, in addition to the daily reminder I have set up on all of my devices, and I still manage to forget to take them most of the time. It's a bad habit considering we kind of need these to survive, you know.

2. "I'm tired" is a phrase too common to your vocabulary

I honestly say this so often that sometimes I'll straight up use it as an excuse to get out of social responsibilities. I'm not lying, though, it takes me an extraordinary amount of effort to do even the simplest of tasks because of how drained I always feel. I also apologize for constantly yawning, you're not boring, I'm just a lethargic piece of crap.

3. You dread the idea of working out

Sure, I'll be your workout buddy, you just have to put up with my constant breathlessness and need for rest breaks. I'd rather do something that involves little to no physical activity, though, so you wouldn't have to witness me panting and dying.

4. Constantly having those spontaneous shivers

You know exactly what I'm talking about — you'll be sitting in class, minding your business, and a random shiver will shoot down your body and make you tremble in the weirdest manner possible. I actually had someone sitting next to me ask me once if I was seizing.

5. Your extremities are always unusually cold

This is something I find myself having to explain a lot to people, especially when they grab my hands and ask me why they're "so cold." Because of the lack of oxygen circulating in our blood, not enough heat reaches our extremities, which in addition to hands also makes your nose, ears, and feet cold.

6. Cravings for weird ass objects

When I first started to develop anemia in middle school, I was drawn to the smells of gasoline, Wite-Out, fresh paint, Pine-Sol, the list went on. My friends looked at me like I was a druggie, but once I told my doctor she told me that this is a very common symptom of anemia, and actually is a condition termed "pica," which characterizes the craving for non-nutritive items. Some individuals actually start eating dirt to satisfy their cravings.

7. Having nosebleeds at the most random moments

I'm not sure if everyone can relate to this, but growing up I had a lot of nosebleeds, as did my twin brother who also is an anemic. I'll still have them occasionally, always at the worst times, too.

8. Sleeping for more than 12 hours and still feeling tired

There's really no difference between sleeping two hours and 15 hours for me because I'll still feel tired regardless. To top it off, caffeine exhibits no effects on me, so I just constantly look like a sleep-deprived bitch. These eye bags are Chanel, though.

9. All. Those. Damn. Blood. Tests.

I'm almost 20 years old, but I still ask for the butterfly needle (what they give to little children) at every appointment because of how much I dread needles. Like hi, your blood supply is already declining, but we'll just take out six more vials of your blood. The worst part? When they can't find your vein and start shimmying the needle around. Definitely not looking forward to my next doctor's appointment.

10.  Always feeling like a brand new person when you finally do remember to take your pills

Not sure if it's my body reacting to the increased amount of oxygen in my blood, or if it's just the placebo effect, but as soon as I take my iron pill, I feel like a boss-ass bitch. I just have to remember to do that more often.

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