5 Ways to Combat Feeling Tired
How often do you feel low on energy during the day even when you’ve gotten enough sleep? In today’s modern go-go-go lifestyle, is easy to dismiss our body’s signals to self-care. The idolization of feeling tired nowadays is not something I personally feel is healthy, neither for you nor our society overall. So before you grab a cup of coffee and try to power through the day, take a minute to think about what your body is telling you and how you can best care for it.
I want to share some alternatives to our tendency to create false energy to avoid feeling tired. What I mean by false energy is when we push ourselves to keep going even though we know we need a break, or when we reach for a food or drink to energize us even though we know it’s not nourishing our bodies.
The bonus is that these are all great habits for your general health, too—much healthier than getting through that afternoon slump with caffeine or sugar and, in my opinion, more effective. Here are my favorite 5 ways to combat feeling tired!
- Have your doctor check your hormone levels, including your thyroid. Schedule an appointment with your endocrinologist to check your hormones, during your annual wellness visit. In fact, nowadays it is highly recommended that all women do this. As you age, the way stress affects your body’s cortisol levels can be a sign of adrenal fatigue, especially for women who are unaware of having the thyroid autoimmune disorder Hashimoto, the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Being a new mom or busy working woman is reason enough to sometimes feel tired, but it can be one of many symptoms of a hormone imbalance or hypothyroidism. It’s good to rule these out as a first step.
- Eat more plant-based, invigorating foods. Eating a plant-based diet that is antioxidant-rich will help keep your body running at its peak energy levels. You can also incorporate certain foods that will give you an energy boost, such as almonds, chia seeds, watermelon, citrus fruits, or berries of your liking. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kimchi or kombucha, are also great choices because they support gut health which is related to your overall health and energy levels. And the golden rule of thumb to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water helps, too!
- Shake that bom bom. It’s true the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling low on energy is exercise, but it really makes a huge difference in your energy levels to exercise regularly. Even if it’s just a 20 minute stroll or bike ride early in the day, you’ll reap the benefits throughout the day. Find something you love to do that gets your heart rate in workout mode. Maybe you can find classes to be more motivating than working out at home, but with a busy schedule, some days even just having a good old fashioned dance party or going for a swim can be your cardio.
- Create a de-stressing ritual. Many of us when we’re tired try to force ourselves to power through and create our own energy. Trust me, you are not the only one! But sometimes we are tired because our bodies need a break. Not listening to your body’s signs to rest disrupts your body’s circadian rhythm which can affect your sleep and even be a contributing cause of insomnia. A break can be anything from a 20-minute power nap to using a meditation app to reading. Whatever helps you feel relaxed, refreshed, and recharged. I promise you’ll be more productive afterwards.
- Aromatherapy. Diffusing some invigorating essential oils, such as rosemary, lemon, or bergamot may help to uplift your spirit and gently give you that pick-me-up you crave. Plus it gives your space an inviting, cozy feeling.
To get the best results, you might need to do several of these at once. I challenge you to start with just one step and see how you feel!
Sometimes having a partner to keep you accountable is key in sticking with good habits! So, if you’re over there yawning right now, pick one step from this list and tell me what you’ve decided in the comments below. Then, come back in one week and and let me know if it helped!