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03 May 2009 @ 03:54 pm
tired, hungry and cranky  
Dear LJ,

when you're low on resources, tired and hungry, do you have little tricks to keep your head level and to keep going?
A little nightnacht_musik on May 3rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I keep a Lara bar in my shoulder bag pretty much all the time. On trips, I pack a bit of emergency chocolate as well. A timely snack can make a big difference for me.

blkblk on May 3rd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Emergency food supplies are VERY important. Hunger leads quickly to emotional crash. Fuzzy blankets to curl up and hot tea in can also be calming and useful.
Binkbinkbink on May 3rd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Cheese and crackers or jerky are better than sweets for some. No crashy after.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on May 3rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Do bagels count as tricks?
A Sage With a Slight Flaw in Her Charactereccentrific on May 4th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I like to keep some emergency nuts around. In general, I will agree with everyone here that keeping a snack that works for you so that when you're hungry and low blood sugar you can eat something healthy that will make you feel better rather than junk that will make you crash can help immensely.
sauergeeksauergeek on May 6th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Nuts are a great emergency snack because they keep for a long time, they're not carbohydrate-based (no sugar crash, longer-lasting effects, though a delay to kick in), and they're better for you than most other snack foods. Plus, they usually have a decent dose of salt to make up for what you're sweating out playing drums.
Katy: Narshiekatybeth on May 4th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed with everyone on keeping an emergency snack on hand. I have found that when I do so, I don't even use it very often; just knowing that it's there helps a lot.

The other thing is realizing that I'm low on resources and feeling fragile. I can get to a point where I'm OK as long as I'm doing routine stuff, but I know that I will break down if I am confronted with anything stressful. Then I try to stay doing stuff I'm OK with (occasionally this means "just sit there") until I can get some food and/or downtime. If I can, I also let someone trusted know what state I'm in at that point, so they can buffer for me where possible.
clio callisto athenejencallisto on May 11th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I am also really, really in favor of emergency snacks -- my favorite is a dark chocolate bar with lots of nuts in it, but it can be nice to have something salty around as well. If this is not an option, orange juice or some other kind of really satisfying, healthy-feeling juice tends to help me a lot, and actually just plain water can be really good. Reminding myself to breathe and taking a few seconds or a minute to pause and just concentrate on using my diaphragm to keep the air moving slowly and deeply in and out of my lungs often helps, too. Sometimes instead of just breathing, I'll sing something softly to myself instead, but really concentrating on all aspects -- this can also be achieved by putting on the right music and really letting it affect you.