The past couple of days, weeks even, haven’t been easy on me. My asthma got noticeably worse after an infection, breathing has become hard, I’m constantly coughing and I’m at a point where I’m starting to lose my voice. My doctor has upped my medication, prescribed new medication and done plenty of blood tests to look for other causes, but things aren’t getting better. I know where this is going, as I’ve been here before.
More than half a year ago I gave up coffee. It was messing with my sleep, my emotions, and the high amounts of caffeine I consumed daily were even making me physically sick. The first two weeks were the hardest, and I was having extreme withdrawal symptoms. But things got better afterward. I’m falling asleep easier than before, and overall I feel happier and more relaxed. I even feel more energized.
I mentioned my caffeine free lifestyle in another blog post before and got a lot of comments from people who said they would never be able to give up coffee. Since I have way more energy now compared to when I still drank coffee, I decided to write down the 7 things that make me feel energized without coffee.
Sleep is one of the most important things in our lives. While we’re sleeping, our brain processes information from the past day. But that’s not the only reason sleep is good for us. It also has a positive impact on our creativity, focus and even our weight.
Unfortunately, we often don’t take sleeping seriously enough, or just fail to achieve a proper night’s sleep. During my college years I rarely had more than 6 hours of sleep and often had to pull all-nighters. My habits didn’t really improve after I graduated and a few months into my first job I started noticing the bad side effects of my unhealthy lifestyle.
Luckily my habits have changed by now, and I figured out how to improve my sleep quality. These days I feel less tired, more focused, more productive and most of all, I feel way happier. Here’s a list with tips on how you can improve your sleep as well.
I’ve been an asthmatic since as long as I can remember. I was born with it, I grew up with it and I’ll grow old with it. It’s part of my life. It’s part of who I am. I want to share part of my story, using three topics that have been central in my battle with asthma: inhalers, needles and technology.
On a rainy day, almost twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with asthma. Back then I didn’t really know what that diagnosis meant, the only thing I understood was that I had to take inhalers twice a day. They looked scary and tasted awful, and I didn’t want to come near them. Sometimes people told me I would get rid of the disease, that I would magically become healthy again. They gave me hope.
But over the years my lungs only became weaker. They started to hurt when I was running, biking or swimming. I had to stop taking part in certain school activities, such as physical education. I had to be careful when riding my bike. I had to sleep with a rescue inhaler. And I started to appreciate the medication more. They helped me bike and win. They postponed the pain. They saved me during asthma attacks. But I didn’t manage to get rid of the disease, instead my condition became progressively worse.