Day 116 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

Tired of Health

As I sit here tonight, thinking about the incredibly fun-filled weekend I just had with one of my best friends, I can barely keep my eyes open. All I want to do is turn off the lights, roll over, and get some zzz’s, in the hopes of recouping some of the lack of sleep from my weekend in L.A. But as I lay here, typing away, eyes nearly shut, I discovered the Unexpected Health…in being tired.

We often associate being tired with a slew of negative attributes: being tired can make people grumpy; when you’re tired it’s easy to see the glass “half empty;” and feeling the need for a little extra sleep can make it very difficult to find any healthFUL motivation. But the Unexpected Health in being tired is that when you are tired, that means you have been active in life…and being an active participant in the lifetime is healthy.

Now of course, I am in no way condoning the hamster-wheel lifestyle where tiredness is overlooked and rest and rejuvenation takes a back seat to forging ahead. But sometimes, we are tired because we were just having too much fun to stop and re-charge. That was the case with this weekend: you take two girls who haven’t seen each other in a very long time, add tons of sunshine, a convertible (to REALLY let the light in), and fun places to go and interesting people to see, and what you get is a weekend where rest falls by the wayside….and that is perfectly okay.

Even though I am extremely tired this evening, I wouldn’t exchange that for fun weekends with good friends. Life is short. Sometimes the most healthFUL experience we have does not come in the doctor prescribed remedy. Yes, you should get your 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. But, you should also get your healthy doses of friend time, girls weekends, and living for today experiences. So the next time you are feeling tired, think about the reasons why you are so beat. You may be physically tired and in need of some extra sleep…but in your lack of sleep, you may have gained some health. -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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