Some days are better than others but let’s face it, we all have suffered from that lethargic feeling around 2 p.m. or for us early birds could be 10:00a.m. How does one keep going when all they feel like doing is curling up into a ball and taking a nap?
Trust me when I was a full time trainer I have definitely been one to take a break from work and go take a nap in my car with the heated seats on, (man I miss those heated seats). A nap consisting of 20 mins or less can help to give your brain a break and revive you back to life to be able to conquer the rest of your day. Huge companies such as Google, Ben and Jerry’s and Nike have implemented nap breaks during the workday to help their employees increase their productivity. I am all for it!
What have you eaten for the day? Did you skip breakfast or have a huge lunch filled with refined carbs and sugar? Are you eating enough? By simply just changing our nutritional habits and making sure that your meals are nutrient dense rather than full of empty calories helps our bodies to acquire enough energy to make it through the day. When we feel tired that is our body trying to tell us that we need energy which comes from the food that we eat.
I have worked in the fitness world for 8 years now, but recently my responsibilities have been more in the administrative world and it took a hard toll on me at first.. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job but now I can easily get stuck at my desk doing projects for 4 hours before I realize how much time has passed. If you are feeling tired try becoming more mindful by setting an alarm for every hour to get up and move around. Increasing blood flow which helps oxygen levels to increase brain function. Getting some fresh air while moving around is a double whammy to help increase energy levels. Who doesn’t love some sunshine in the middle of the day?
If hitting a wall during the middle of your day is a consistent issue then maybe you need to sit down with yourself and honestly look at a couple of other lifestyle habits that would be easy to change to help increase your energy. These would be making sure that you are getting 8 hours of good sleep at night and working out on a regular basis. Now I know what you all are thinking…..c’mon Lynde, by the time I get home, have dinner, put the kids to bed or get more work done, then that’s when I get “me” time to get to watch my shows or spend time with my significant other. That is great and all people but I am telling you to be selfish for once. If you are able to shut off all electronics, put aside your work until tomorrow and place your favorite shows on dvr this will help you to get more sleep.
More sleep = more energy = less crabbiness = less snaps at your loved one = increased happiness for all.