There are times when people simply feel too tired to do much else apart from their priorities. Feeling this way can keep you from being physically active or from strengthening bonds with your family and friends or from accomplishing important tasks. There are multiple reasons as to why you might be feeling more drained than you should.
It could be due to a lack of sleep or rest, or stress, or a certain health condition. Feeling exhausted all the time, especially before your day even ends, can truly bring a negative effect to your life. There are, however, a couple of ways to combat exhaustion. Although the same methods may not work for different people, it’s best to keep trying different energizing methods to see what works best for you. Here are some.
Many people are under the misconception that feeling tired means they won’t have energy left to spare for a work out session. On the contrary, working out will give you the energy you need. Your heart will pump more oxygen and nutrients to your bloodstream and your body will respond to the work out by making your brain more alert than it was. This is one of the reasons why working out is best done in the morning. You don’t need an intense work out session either. You just need to perform a couple of minutes of exercise at a leisurely pace to get the energy you need to kick-start your day.
Take Some Magnesium
If you find that you’re still feeling tired even with a balanced diet, it could be due to a slight magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is one of the minerals needed for breaking down glucose into energy. People without enough magnesium have higher heart rates and require more oxygen for accomplishing physical tasks. Their body works harder and they feel more tired. Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium by incorporating almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, whole grains, and fish to your diet. The recommended magnesium intake for women is 300 mg and 250 mg for men.
Yawning is your body’s method of cooling down your brain, making it essentially more alert. So don’t hold in your yawns to at least temporarily wake yourself up.
Get Some Vitamin D
Always being indoors, away from natural light, could be one of the reasons you’re feeling tired. The body has a natural response to light and dark. Darkness can make the brain drowsy while light can make the brain alert. Let some natural light into your room or office, or take a stroll outside and soak in some vitamin D to keep your energy levels up.
Take a quick power nap to clear out your brain and make it more alert. A midday nap of about 10-20 minutes is enough to kick-start your brain once again without throwing off your sleeping routine.
Cut Back On Caffeine
The problem with relying on caffeine to wake you up is that you start getting dependent on it. Your body will slowly then develop a sort of tolerance to caffeine and so, you’ll need more and more just to stay awake and keep yourself from getting drowsy. Caffeine can also cause what is commonly known as “caffeine-crash” which will make you feel more tired than you were before you drank some caffeine. The energy jolt that caffeine gives is essentially temporary so it would be best to rely on permanent, long-term solutions instead. Drawing back on caffeine may be difficult at first but you’ll feel more energized once you’re no longer dependent on it.
Get A Good Laugh
It doesn’t matter if it’s from a conversation with friends, or from a YouTube video, laughing can wake you up. Laughing increases your heart rate while raising your blood pressure, perking you up on an otherwise lazy day.