10 Ways to beat tiredness and finally get un-tired!
Are you always tired no matter how much sleep you get?
If you’re like me you often wake up feeling as if you’ve been hit by a truck and no matter how many times you hit snooze, try to get to bed earlier you’re still crawling through your day like a slug on Benadryl.
So what are you meant to do?
How can you feel more alive, energized and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you?
Well, that’s exactly the question I’ve been asking myself so I thought I’d share the 10 things I’ll be doing over the next few months to beat tiredness, get my get up and go back and finally feel un-tired (like my new word?).
Some of these are practical and physical while others are more emotional and psychological, and without tackling both it’s pretty likely nothing will change as my tiredness is both a body AND soul tiredness.
Even if you’re just physically tired I want to encourage you to try all these suggestions as I truly believe our physical bodies are affected by how we feel emotionally and are often the early warning system we need. So, if you’re like me and not always entirely in touch with your emotions, your tired body might be trying to tell you there’s something deeper going on.
I’m not relying on any one single remedy to fix things. It’s going to be a cumulative affect, so the more I try the more success I’ll have, because ultimately I want to feel more like this 👇👇👇👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Since I’m writing this as I head into this little exercise and not writing to tell you what worked and what didn’t, I promise to circle back and tell you how it goes in a couple of months. But until then, post in the comments what’s working for you and what you do to get un-tired when you feel like your get up and go has got up and gone.
1️⃣ Learn what drains and energizes you.
2️⃣ Exercise the courage to say no to things/people that aren’t 100% vital, drain my reserves or bring me life and laughter.
3️⃣ Reduce screen fatigue by wearing blue light glasses and reading a physical book or my kindle app before bed and not scrolling online.
4️⃣ No caffeine after 2 o’clock. This is a killer for me as an afternoon English tea drinker but I’m trying decaff PG Tips and cutting out my evening dark chocolate.
5️⃣ Hydrate, hydrate hydrate. We need to be drinking half our body weight in water a day and no, tea, coffee and wine don’t count!!
6️⃣ Eat fewer processed carbs/sugar. Quinoa, farro, brown rice, here I come!
7️⃣ Get outside. I love to exercise but I’ve got in the habit of doing it at home. Fresh air, trees, sky and vitamin D energize me (see #1) but research shows it’s not just me. We all need to get outside to reduce mental fatigue.
8️⃣ Play more. When life gets tough it’s easy to get serious but playing and laughter release feel good hormones and increase our energy so let’s play, have fun, be creative and enjoy what makes us laugh.
9️⃣ Take time off. This might be a day, a long weekend or even a month or more (that’s me this summer), but downing tools, stepping away, and having the time and space to rest, reflect, recoup and reenergize, is vital.
🔟 Allow your mind to wander. Daydreaming gets heaps of bad press, especially when you’re at school, but letting our minds go free, praying and waiting in silence, having nothing in particular to think about and no music, radio or tv on in the background, gives our brains space to unclutter, recharge and sort the mountain of stuff we’ve crammed into it.
BONUS!! I’m going to stop drinking too much liquid after 6pm as I make way to many trips to the smallest room in the house during the night. Anyone else?? #bladderthesizeofathimble
Let me know in the comments below what works for you and how you recapture your get up and go and I promise to let you know how things go in a couple of months and if I’m recharged and firing on all cylinders!
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