Early afternoon, some obscure weekday like any other. I sat down to study and I thought, “I am so tired. Is it too soon for a cup of coffee?” I got up to make a cup and it hit me. When did being tired become a symptom? I made a mental list of all the things I did that day and of course, I was tired. Patients often come in with a complaint of being tired and wanting more energy. This is valid. It is my job to discern if you are appropriately tired, like I was, and need support in rest and rejuvenation. Or if a heavier fatigue and lassitude is weighing you down, coming from a balance within the elements. Usually, it is a bit of both. Acupuncture can support you wherever this tiredness is coming from.
In addition, I would like to extend an invitation to look at your week and see if you simply do need a rest of sorts. Being tired is a symptom, just like pain. It is a way for your body to communicate a need.
I didn’t make that cup of coffee. I heated some bone broth and decided to lay down with a blanket, close my eyes, and just be present in a still quiet space. (I had 1 more hour until the kids came home). I thought about the day, my habits, and the time of year, and decided to adjust my schedule a bit so that I was walking more in resonance with this time of year. I took inventory with myself just as I would with a patient. It is important to understand where the tiredness and fatigue are coming from. Not sleeping well? Digestion? Hormonal? Chronic pain? Lots of things can impact our energy levels.