We all feel tired some time or the other. It’s pretty natural that we feel so and the reasons could be anything including jet lag, stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, etc. Being tired has huge effects on us impeding our daily activities as well.
What we need do is recognize that our energy levels are low and our ability to do tasks is much lower than normal. With this recognition, we should be able to lower our expectations regarding our performance or productivity and work as per convenience for the time being. We should aim for smaller goals in the period of tiredness and achieve them so that our motivation and self-confidence don’t drop. Also, we need to treat ourselves with compassion as we do with others. We should be mindful of the fact that we are tired and try to get out of that situation as soon as possible. Here are some natural ways to beat tiredness and bounce back to routine work with renewed energy levels.
- Drink more water: Many times, fatigue is a result of dehydration that we often don’t realize. So, taking water when feeling tired or after physical activities will help hydrate the body and energize instantly.
- Eat often: Try eating at regular intervals with healthy meals and snacks rather than having large meals once or twice a day. Don’t skip breakfast and include high-fiber foods rich in carbohydrates and vegetables. Go for fresh fruit and vegetable juices and reduce the intake of fatty foods.
- Keep moving: It is natural for us to sit idle when we are feeling tired but, this will only make us more tired and lethargic instead of energizing. The best way to beat tiredness is to get moving and exercising in some form or the other. Physical activity as simple as a 10-minute walk also boosts energy levels and refreshes us.
- Get enough sleep: One of the most common reasons for tiredness is sleep deprivation. People who have problems with sleep at night tend to get tired and feel drowsy throughout the day. Such people should make it a habit to go to the bed and wake up at the same time every day so that the body gets accustomed to the timings slowly and reduces the fatigue in the daytime. They should also avoid taking naps in the day so that they fall asleep without much effort in the night.
- Reduce caffeine intake: Doctors recommend cutting down the intake of caffeine for anyone who is feeling tired. Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, energy drinks, cola, and some painkillers as well. If reducing consumption of caffeine is inducing headaches, then the reduction should be done slowly over a couple of months.
Following these simple tips and being compassionate instead of cursing ourselves will help us boost energy levels faster.