Introduction to Week 1

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  • This is in response to Gypsy Rose’s post asking for an introduction to Week 1.  Thanks for the request, and I hope this helps!


    If you are just starting out, please feel free to explore the topics and join in on any/all topics.


    Our first week is moderated by Mary Grace, and it is about body rhythms.  This is the schedule:

    Daily feedback

    Signs and signals

    Categories of rhythms

    Seasonal body rhythms

    Combinations of factors that affect our rhythms

    How our bodies let us know we’ve hit our limit


    Why should we care about body rhythms?

    Though each of us may have different reasons for the health issues that we experience, there may be factors that persist through all of this, that connect multiple systems and influence the way our symptoms change over time.

    Understanding our body rhythms can help us proactively to manage our health.


    This is your chance to reflect on your body rhythms.

    For example, knowing when you might be tired throughout the day can help you do things to avoid the bouts of tiredness, or help you to plan your day around it.

    If you recognize your body’s signs, they may serve as a warning sign that you are entering a danger zone, or tell you something else useful about how you are feeling.

    You might have a sense of “categories” of rhythms (like sleep, menstrual cycles, headaches, body temperature), how the body might feel different depending on the season or the locale, and combinations of factors that affect our rhythms.

    Lastly, the week’s topics end with a discussion of how we know when we’ve hit our limits.


  • I am so happy to have found this ThinkSpace and Infotank.  I was just remarking last week how I wanted to acknowledge and take more notice of these very rhythms and body signs.  So excited to be connecting into this. #knowledgeispower #thinkingforward

    • Glad you’re here, QnVz, and I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

  • It takes me time to become fully awake in the morning.  I often lay in bed for 30 to 60 minutes before getting up. #comotose

    • I used to  think I must be the only person suffering like this in the morning for a long time.  Now knowing that I am not, it makes the journey to finding answers more doable for me and I am thankful it is possible to move forward from the comotose state :).  #littlethingseveryday

  • surprised to find that taking walks for exercise in the evening fits my body well.  I was used to the idea that exercising early in the day was essential to actually get it worked in to the day.#walker


  • I agree, I had this notion that the morning would be the best time for exercise to get the day started on the right note, but an evening walk really helps with my sleep, and also gives me time to process thoughts from the day.

  • I notice that on a yearly cycle I become very moody in the late spring and in the late fall. It usually starts with a decreased appetite and increased fatigue and irritability. This is usually my trigger to change my diet and start exercising more frequently. #HappinessHabits

  • Have sleep disorder; days and nights totally opposite the rest of the world’s, so it seems. Up all night, sleep at dawn. No remedy (so far). Probably affects my gut, and other systems? #sleepdisorders #DPSD #nightowl

  • I usually feel more energized in the Fall and Winter; more lethargic in the Spring and Summer. #reverseSAD #AutumnUpswing #Winterbliss

  • Awaken with daily migraine; takes me half- hour to one hour to take additional meds, and relax enough to get out of bed. Since I’m already a night-owl, this is anywhere from late afternoon, towards evening.Theodore Roethke wrote a poem about slow waking. I think it’s a Sestina? (Theodore Roethke)

    #migraineur #daysnightreversed #migraineuponwaking #slowgettingoutofbed #TheodoreRoethke #Sestina

    • I don’t have a sleep disorder than I know of, but I’m a big-time night owl as well. My natural rhythms for sleeping and eating are off from what the typical social and work schedule allows. I’ve often wondered what it would be like if were able to schedule my routine around what feels right instead of what’s expected.
      I’m a slow waker as well! I usually feel a little dizzy when I first wake up. Even on mornings that I have to get up to an early alarm, I find that when I have a chance to lay awake for 30-45 minutes after my alarm before I get up, my body feels better throughout the whole day! I have less pain and my digestion is more regular.
      #sleepdigestionconnection #rhythmscheduleshift #slowwaker

      Rachel Carriere
  • I am sick right before severe weather changes, and ENE winds; well when the rain or snow lets down. Also, affected by Planetary K -Index, and sunspot activity, which I track on NOAA.

    #sickweatherchanges #fallingbarometer #ENEwinds #PlanetaryKIndex  #SunspotActivity #NOAA


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