We’ve all said it at least once in the past week, right? Well, maybe you haven’t been exhausted this past week, but you should still read on. We’ve all been victim to exhaustion at some point or another. If not this past week, it’s bound to hit soon.
With managing work, kids, family, social activities and everything else we need to get done, both mental and physical exhaustion creeps in!
Here’s 6 ways to ward of exhaustion. These are tried and true simple techniques that will help cure your zzzz’s:
- Check in with your body. Start at the top and scan down to your toes. You’re looking for tension spots or areas of discomfort. Check for a clenched jaw, furrowed brows, or hunched posture, and then take time to correct it. Poor posture makes you feel tired.
- Breathe correctly. Make your breathing conscious, at least once an hour, breathing correctly improves slumped posture Breathe deeply—from your diaphragm, not your chest.
- Sleep alone. Just while you’re trying to figure out why you’re so tired. The point is to minimize all sleep disturbances. Kick everyone out (even the cat), wear a sleep mask, keep the room between 60 and 67 degrees, and eliminate electronics.
- Never sit for longer than an hour. It’s always good to get up and take a quick break. Refresh your water, coffee or do a few stretches. Whatever it may be, keep the blood flowing!
- Take naps as needed. A short nap that is! Short naps can help to boost alertness, mood, and concentration. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a 40-minute nap is ideal: It boosts alertness and performance by 100 and 34 percent.
- Eat real food. Avoid foods where the ingredient list is full of items ending in ‘-ose,’ like glucose or fructose. If you focus on avoiding foods with long ingredient lists, you’ll naturally gravitate towards whole foods.
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