Do you ever have those days where you just can’t seem to find the energy to stay on task? I sure have, and after enough of those, there are several things I do to keep from falling into the low energy, unmotivated abyss. My tips will change your lifestyle, improve your health, and give you the strength to face tough challenges, or just keep up with your daily life.
Skip the nap
I love to sleep, and the thought of eliminating my nap scared me! How would I function without a little cat-nap? After having my daughter, I didn’t have a choice to take a nap, so day after day I kept pushing though. A few years into my new routine and I have realized I have more energy when I don’t stop during the day. And the few times that I have napped, I have felt unmotivated, anxious, and scattered. It’s safe to say naps throw my entire day off, and make me way less productive beyond the time I have wasted sleeping.
Watch how much you eat
Carbs are my biggest enemy at lunch time. They make me incredibly sleepy, and if I eat them in the early afternoon, I get really sleepy. Eating them also makes me feel very full and lethargic, and sends me to my pillow almost every time. It makes me so sleepy it’s hard to function, so to combat this issue, I have now started eliminating most of the carbs at lunch. I stick to fruits and vegetables, and I don’t overeat on them. I also try to eat as many greens as possible. Spinach really helps to energize me.
Drink water, not coffee
Every time I drink coffee in the morning, I crash in the afternoon. Coffee is great for immediate alertness, but when it wears off, it is like someone has sucked the life from me. To keep myself motivated and rested throughout the day, though, I have started a new routine of drinking plenty of water. This has given me more energy, and on the plus side, I feel healthier and lighter.
When life throws work at you, it’s hard to find time to exercise. There’s always an excuse not to, but knowing that exercise will actually make me more productive throughout the day has me fitting in at least 20 minutes a day. It boosts my endorphins and keeps me from sinking into a depressive lull that makes me want to sleep every afternoon. Another way to combat the nagging feeling that you don’t want to do anything is to stay standing as much as possible with simple movements like swinging of the arms. Just a little bit of wiggling will keep your body active.
Cut the sugar
Sugar is nobody’s best friend. It’s delicious, but it’s oh so bad for you. Besides the countless empty calories it attaches to your tummy, hips, and thighs, it is a notorious for taking the motivation out of me. It makes me obnoxiously sleepy, and just having a little chocolate snack can be enough to put me in a sleep coma.