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What to Do When You Wake Up Tired

What to Do When You Wake Up Tired

life hacks
No matter how fantastic your health regimen might be, sometimes you will be wondering what to do when you wake up tired. Let's start with quick and easy physical things you can do when you start out your day. If you are waking up tired on a regular basis, here are some tips on how to get started addressing some of the root causes of fatigue (especially if it is due to narcolepsy, but even if it is not). Drink water You have been asleep for some time and probably weren't drinking much, so drink a liter of water. Your body needs it to function properly. Move! This will be different for everyone, but if you are a runner, go for a run! If you are a walker, try a…
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Is Narcolepsy Treatable Without Medication

Is Narcolepsy Treatable Without Medication

Narcolepsy
There is a long answer and a short answer to the question, "Is Narcolepsy treatable without medication"? The short answer is that yes, it can be treated in many ways without medicine. However, this depends on the results you are looking for. There may be multiple different "treatments" you will want to combine to get the desired results. Even if you do take medication for narcolepsy, you can combine that with additional treatments so you get the best results possible. (more…)
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5 Things I Love About Germany

5 Things I Love About Germany

Mindset, Travel
When it comes to adapting to a new country, I have a lot of experience. However, this time I have not had the easiest time adapting to my new environment. While I do not believe in using toxic positivity to cover up our real feelings about anything, I do believe there is value in focusing on the positive. That's why I am challenging myself to write 5 things I love about Germany. Focus on the environment One of the first things I had to adjust to when it came to daily life here, was how garbage is disposed of in Germany. It's not as simple as it was in India, or Myanmar where, unfortunately, everything was going to the same place. Germany has a great system where you pay a…
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Adjusting to the end of Daylight Savings Time

Adjusting to the end of Daylight Savings Time

life hacks
In various countries across the world, we turn our clocks back in the fall to go back to "standard time" and end Daylight Savings Time. For some this is exciting and it sounds like an extra hour of sleep! But for others, they see days or weeks of adjusting to the end of daylight savings time ahead. Here I will reveal the main issues I am having with this adjustment, and share some of my solutions. These are by no means the most expert solutions, but perhaps they will spark some ideas for you if you are having similar struggles. Please feel free to share in the comments if you have any tips or advice! It's Dark After Work The hardest part for me is realizing that when I finish…
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Thoughts About Death and Life on Earth

Thoughts About Death and Life on Earth

Mindset
On the Day of the Dead I want to share my thoughts about death for those that may be sad when I am dead. I likely won't have a chance to share a message when it's my time to go, and as that can come at any minute, the day of the dead seemed as good a day as any to share my personal thoughts about death. To those who may be sad when I am dead, Don’t be. There is no such thing as death. Hear me out-  What is death? If you know me at all, you know I didn’t like the whole go into a church, kneel and stand, sit and kneel routine. Organized religion wasn't for me after a point, but I am a spiritual being.  On…
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Avoiding Emotions with Narcolepsy

Avoiding Emotions with Narcolepsy

Mindset
Years back, I had gotten really good at avoiding emotions with narcolepsy. I was so distant from my own emotions, I didn't actually have a lot of opinions about things. I was okay with whatever happened. This neutrality prevented me from feeling those emotions that might trigger cataplexy, one of the lesser-known symptoms of Type 2 Narcolepsy. (more…)
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Why I Deleted Facebook and Instagram

Why I Deleted Facebook and Instagram

Lifestyle
Even though I used to feel like my business depended on them Originally Posted on Medium Kayla Douglas Oct 18 · 3 min read Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash “What happened?” Was the most asked question I got as I revealed to people time after time that I would be removing myself from Facebook and Instagram. But nothing happened. Nobody was stalking me or threatening me, and I am not trying to make a political statement by boycotting, I’m sure no one misses me enough for that. So are you wondering the real reason why I deleted Facebook and Instagram? It’s Not What you Think Everyone wants to hear the tale of the last straw, the one that pushed me over the edge and honestly there is no tale to tell. Facebook and Instagram used…
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Starting a Morning Routine with Narcolepsy

Starting a Morning Routine with Narcolepsy

Lifestyle
So this is going to be short and sweet, just letting you know how the first weeks of the 5 AM Club have been for me. I started out strong, and woke up at 5 AM, exercised, meditated, and wrote something creative once. I know many people say it's important to have a morning routine with narcolepsy, but it's not as easy as it sounds. (more…)
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Starting a New Chapter

Starting a New Chapter

Life Coaching, Lifestyle, Mindset
We always have opportunities for starting a new chapter. But there are certain situations that lend to this type of transformation. Today I am moving from India to Germany. I have a vision for who I am going to be there. Of course, this vision comes from my experience of who I have been being up until this point. I have gone through a lot of transformation throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic as I bounced around the world. (more…)
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My Life During the Covid-19 Pandemic

My Life During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Personal Story, Travel
I never pictured myself living in India, much less living in India during a lockdown situation. Let's face it, 18 months ago the term "lockdown" meant nothing to me except for inside a building, or a campus. In those places, the term was familiar for security situations. I had heard it used to describe what happens when there is an active shooter at a school. But never imagined it was something that could be enacted on a city, much less a state, or a country. But that is the reality as I write this. (more…)
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Being Vulnerable with Narcolepsy Works

Being Vulnerable with Narcolepsy Works

Mindset
It's hard not to look at being vulnerable as a bad thing, but today I'm here to tell you that being vulnerable with narcolepsy works wonders. I have gained so much by daring to be vulnerable, and today I am taking that to a new level. Today, I am committing to using this space for more raw, unedited, real writing about what I'm experiencing on a day-to-day basis. (more…)
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How to Grow in a Pandemic

How to Grow in a Pandemic

Life Coaching
From the beginning people were talking about ways to grow in a pandemic. They suggested learning a language, picking up that hobby you never make time for, and lots of other ways to distract ourselves. While many of us were not in the mental space to grow our skills, personal growth was still taking place as we faced our challenges. (more…)
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How to Accept a Chronic Diagnosis

How to Accept a Chronic Diagnosis

Mindset
I see it over and over again. We fight to get a diagnosis from a doctor and then we have no idea how to accept the diagnosis. We wanted validation that what we were experiencing was real. But we didn't know how much baggage was going to come with it. (more…)
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