Lately, I’ve been thinking that I should count how many times I hear the word “tired” in one day. It seems to be one of the most common complaints amongst people (myself included), and so instead of counting (which seems tedious), I have decided to find five reasons why we are all ‘so tired’. So here’s what I’ve come up with.
1) You are not getting enough sleep.
Okay this one is fairly obvious. In order to be as productive in one day as we possibly can, we tend to give up on a few hours of our much needed sleep. We’re up late, surfing the web and watching Netflix, or getting some last minute house chores done. Then, we follow that up with early mornings at the office. We push our bodies so hard everyday and a lot of times we forget that it needs to rest to remain energized. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep/night for adults. So if you’re up at 6am to get ready for your workday, that means going to bed between 9-11pm. There are some of us who can operate on more or less sleep than others, so it’s important to be aware of how much sleep your body needs to feel rested. Don’t jeopardize tomorrow by cramming too much into today. Make sure you are getting all the sleep you need.
2) You are not getting the nutrition you need.
Your body needs nutrients to operate properly and remain energized. If you’re constantly eating take-out and large meals, you’re going to feel bogged down. Foods that are high in sugar, processed, and high in fat, can actually cause you to feel tired and less motivated. On top of that, when you eat three large meals a day, your body has to work hard to manage your blood sugar levels as they jump high and then drop low, which can contribute to fatigue. And if that’s not enough, if you’re skipping meals, this makes your blood sugar drop- a sure way to make you feel tired. So make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need, on a consistent basis, to feel energized. The quick stuff saves time now, but you’ll just be more sluggish later.
3) You are not getting enough exercise.
Our bodies were meant to move- and that’s a fact. Our caveman ancestors were very active; acquiring food, running from predators, setting up camp… so sitting at a desk for eight hours a day is hard on the body. You might be tired because your body hasn’t moved enough. Odd isn’t it? Getting a bit of exercise during your day will help you stay energized- as opposed to the notion that it will tire you out. Studies show that people who exercise regularly (even if just for 20 minutes, three times a week) feel more energized than those who spend eight hours at a desk sitting, then go home to sit on the couch, and then go to bed, five days a week. True story.
4) You are stressed out.
Whether you are stressed at home, stressed at work, or just stressed in general, you are going to feel it in the form of fatigue. Stress-relief is important to keep you energized, focused, motivated and healthy. Whenever you are stressed, make an effort to take at least 5-10 minutes here and there to relax, recharge, and refocus. This can be done through deep breathing, calming music, aromatherapy, meditation, etc. The options are endless. Find what works for you, and do it. You’ll be perked up in no time.
5) You are struggling with time management.
Don’t you wish you had just a little more time? We are always chasing time, trying to cram as much as possible into our days and complaining that things still do not get done. We burn ourselves out and then get discouraged when there’s still a ton of stuff to do. So instead of wishing for more time, get a daily planner. Organizing your time will ensure that everything gets done- with time to spare! You’ll be amazed at how much time you actually have once you’ve got your week mapped out. This way, you’ll prioritize your tasks and be able to truly relax when you have free time because you’ll know things will still get done. And if you’re needing a little help with this, I’ve been working on something that just might help you out.
Ditch the fatigue today. Make sure you are taking care of you, so you can take care of everything else.