The quick pace of a modern lifestyle can leave us with no energy at the end of the day. It can suck us in a wheel of terrible routine where we feel knackered 5 or 6 days of the week and sleep in on the weekends. Alternatively, we can use them to spend time with our family and not get any rest at all. This can have terrible consequences on our bodies unless we learn how to change for the better and not feel like zombies when we are awake.
Say no to midnight snacks
Avoid eating late. I used to keep a general rule not to eat after 6 pm. The food you eat right before bed or even worse, in bed will probably not even be fully digested by the time you wake up and it will produce the energy you won’t be able to use. If you stay awake for another 5 or six hours after your dinner, have a light snack just to get you going.
Have a regular sleeping pattern
Just like a baby does naturally, try to listen to your body and adopt a sleeping pattern. If you stick to the famous 8 hours of sleep, you can go to bed by 11 pm and be up as early as 7 am. If that does not fit your schedule then just move it by let’s say an hour. This way your body will know what to expect and will be trained to rest well while it can.
You snooze you lose
Wake up as soon as your alarm goes off. The chances are that after a while you won’t be needing the alarm. Do not snooze as you do not get anything out of it apart from the 2 seconds of satisfaction for not having to get up instantly. Do not postpone the moment, but jump out of bed immediately, it will get your blood rushing.
Do a set of light exercises
Get on the floor and stretch or do a bit of yoga for 5 to 10 minutes after you get up. This will help your whole body feel awake as it gets the blood circulating and it stretches your muscles to prepare them for your daily activities.
Keep it fresh and bright
I usually like getting up early regardless of the day to catch the time in the day when it’s still fresh outside. If the days are too hot and nights warm, I like to have a cold shower in the morning, it instantly makes me frisky. Once you get up, open the blinds and fill the room with light, the light will get your brain excited about a new day.
Have a healthy breakfast and eat regularly
People at the Happy Healthy Wellbeing Centre have noticed that unbalanced diet is one of the key reasons for the lack of energy we feel throughout the day. A habit of eating whatever we can get, when and if we get a chance throughout the day does not allow our bodies to manage its energy supplies appropriately. Also, when you start your day, do it with a healthy protein breakfast. Try to have several smaller meals throughout the day and get informed on which groups or food are good for you.
In order not to disrupt your sleeping pattern and the quality of your night’s sleep, avoid naps. Whenever you feel like you need to recharge during the day, try doing it with a light physical activity. You will not actually recharge but will make your mind more awake. You can go for a walk or a light jog.
Do not let stress dwell, relieve it before it settles in. Try to find a couple of moments after every stressful situation to breathe or meditate. You only need a minute or two to close your eyes and breathe after a stressful phone call or before you make a big decision. Relieve some tension as if you let it weight for your lunch break, you will feel tired and done for the day.
Relax before going to bed
If you need some transition time between your day and going to bed, choose to do it by reading a book. Exposing your eyes to bright light will signal your brain that it is time to get up. This is the reason why you should avoid your computer or phone screen before bed. Also, any content which is too engaging might not let you rest.
High-spirited people or simply happy people are usually more energetic as they feel excited about life and daily activities. They are eager to perceive life as an adventure and embark on any mission they see fit. Also, if you are positive about things, the chances are that you may spend more time laughing throughout the day which is another good way of relieving stress.
Seeing pieces of advice listed usually makes them seem impossible to implement, but once you take them on one by one and organize into your lifestyle you’ll see how easy it is to stay happy, energetic and have time for yourself and your family.
About the author:
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. You can follow Chloe on Twitter.