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Less Depletion, More Stamina

I was so grateful to be lying there amid the quiet of the office, familiar sounds, and soft sheets. And I was so, so tired. I chatted with my gifted acupuncturist before the needles fully took effect and asked if anything could be done to replicate, throughout the day, the feeling that can come from the serotonin coursing through one’s system after a high-intensity workout. He finished placing a needle, paused for a second, and said definitively, “Cocaine.” While I have not gone that route, I’ve certainly explored a lot of options to help me outswim what feels like a slow tide pulling me out to a vast body of permanent fatigue.

Standing by a neighborhood pool, talking with a friend, I asked if she ever felt ...

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