Ban that sluggish feeling
We have all been there before. Holiday mode is on; we finally get to relax, sleep in, and enjoy the fact that our brains don’t have to worry about the next day’s agenda.
Hence, it can be a little tough to get back into the routine of sending children to school, going to work, picking up children, thinking of what to cook for dinner, and other necessities in life.
Here are some tips on how to regain your energy and keep you from feeling sluggish:
1. Have breakfast
As Malaysians, we may often skip meals and make up for the rest of the day with larger meals (for example, doubling the portion of rice for lunch). Some of us may even just run on a cup of coffee.
However, most nutritionists and trainers say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it helps to provide you with energy.
2. Play a sport
Take a walk or ride a bicycle in the park with your friends or family. If you don’t like doing actual exercises, play a sport like badminton or futsal. Keeping your body active will help you fight fatigue and may even prevent illnesses.
3. Take mini breaks
Staring at computer screens and phones for 12 hours a day can be straining on our eyes and bodies.
Forcing yourself to go on in hopes that you will be more productive, will drain your energy instead.
So, take mini breaks of 15 minutes every hour or every couple of hours. This helps you come back with a refreshed mind and will even help you think and work better for the next full hour.
4. Reduce stress by doing something you like
If you like baking, then bake. If you would rather play a game with friends or watch a movie with loved ones, do it.
Don’t wait for the holidays. Relax in between your routine and you will be more likely to find energy in the mundane things that you do.
5. Get your Z’s and the rest of the day will thank you
We often cut back on our sleeping hours due to work, family, and other responsibilities. But you might be thinking, “It’s impossible to get a full eight hours of sleep each night!”
A tip that might help is to remind yourself that the bedroom is not your office. Turn off the cell phones. Put away the laptops. Let your bedroom be the place you rest, and you will wake up feeling energised and more able to give your best throughout the day.
Dehydration can often drain you and leave you feeling tired. By keeping your body well-hydrated, you boost your body’s immune system. WebMD, the health website, states that you can tell you’re well-hydrated when you don’t feel thirsty and when your urine is light-coloured.
7. Take a power nap
People often need a nap when they have not been getting enough sleep at night. By taking a short 10–15 minutes nap, studies show that it can improve your efficiency.
8. Minimise on toxins
Royale Scuderi, owner of Productive Life Concepts said, “Avoid toxic people (complainers, whiners, poor attitudes). If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimise contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever possible.”
9. Watch a video of a dancing gorilla
Laughter decreases stress and boosts your body’s immune system. Michael Wood, chief fitness officer of Koko FitClub, stated that, “When we laugh, our pulse and blood pressure go up, we breathe faster and send more oxygen to our muscles and organs. That increased level of oxygen in our blood gives us more energy.” So go ahead and laugh when you need a little energy boost.
10. Worrying is for the weak
Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere. —Erma Bombeck
Essentially, worrying about an issue gets you nowhere. All it does is heighten your anxiety. There will always be problems in life but worrying about them does not change anything.
Accepting what cannot be changed will help you reduce your worry and focus on better things in life.
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Prethiba is passionate about impacting people through the written word. She believes that our lives are solely written by us, and thus the power to change for the better lies with us.