Hi everyone, and hello new people.
Sorry I’ve been AWOL the last few months but my time in the UK was manic and I just couldn’t keep up with the forum. However I wanted to give you a quick update on what things were like for me in the past 10 weeks, because I’ve really surprised myself. I was really worried about the flying and the jetlag, but with the help of Mr valium (2mg only) sailed through the flights with no more than the usual effects of the sleep deprivation on the flight (ie being tired and grumpy :lol: ).
Then for 10 weeks I’ve had a completely broken routine - working long hours, lots of computer time, travelling, broken sleep (strange beds, noisy city etc), irregular exercise, noisy offices, living in a house that was a building site, migraine diet out the window (although no red wine or caffeine)… (oh France, how I LOOOOVE your cheese )
The most surprising thing? I’ve been fine - sure I have had one or two days of feeling a bit crap - but I was never non-functional like the early days, and I only took about 3 mg of valium across the whole 10 weeks. To me that’s pretty close to normal life - or at least normal I can live with! A year ago I would not have even contemplated this kind of exercise. I wouldn’t even make plans for the following day or days because I had no confidence in how I would manage or how I would be. But meds, and some routine and exercise have I feel kinda allowed me to have this break from routine and exercise without going off the rails (of course I kept taking the meds!)
What’s more - I got back yesterday after 35 hours of travelling, 3 flights, and about 6 hours of (broken) sleep on the plane. Went to bed at 8pm (after 2 glasses of bubbles - hubby had missed me after being apart for 6 weeks LOL) , woke up at 4:30 am and got up at 5:30 and have been up since.You know what - I feel OK. Tired, yes, but I’m no more MAVy than usual, and my brain feels pretty clear.
I really have a renewed confidence after this trip that I can do and cope with more than I thought. So it’s kind of a mini-success story I guess . Although I’m not going to go crazy - it’s back to the gym and back into a routine from next week !
So if you’re currently stuck in MAV hell, do take heart that it really can get better