Fast forward 18 months to March 2016. I went to a behavior change seminar run by Tony Robbins called Unleash the Power Within. It was a 4-day event totaling 50 hours that taught you how to manage your emotional states better, how to break habits quicker and educate you on nutrition.
During this seminar, there was an exercise regarding physiology or the way we move. For about 60 minutes we had us alternate between “alert states” such as smiling with an arched back, broad shoulders while standing tall and “depressing states” or being hunched over, with shallow breathing, and poor posture. We would make these changes between postures as quick as possible for an entire hour. At first, I felt like it was a ridiculous exercise. But around 10 minutes in I noticed that my narcolepsy was being directly affected by the switches in body movement. After 30 minutes in I noticed the change to be overwhelmingly drastic.
The moment I arched my back, forced a smile and stood tall with heavy breathing the narcolepsy would fade away. of course, it simply didn’t go away but these movements and this exercise had a direct impact on my quality of alertness and fatigue.
The biggest breakthrough moment I had was realizing that body movement (less than intense exercise) had a direct effect on this disease. Call it my “AHA moment” if you will. It was after returning home from that seminar that I realized that I was sending my body all these signals without even realizing it.
From the way, I moved, to what I ate, to when I exposed my eyes to artificial sunlight — All of these things were telling my body when to be alert and when to be tired.
All these things mattered, and they had a much more positive effect on me than Provigil ever did (medications affect everyone differently, I am in no way belittling it’s the positive effect it can have on others).
In a nutshell that’s what led me to create this blog and to share my story.