I have been tired the last few months and it has been hard to put a good effort into my workouts. Quite frankly I have been just coming in and hoping the energy is there or it will show up at some point. There is no mystery about why I am messed up. My sleep pattern is off and I am trying to lose weight and therefore am eating fewer calories. In the past I have often felt more energized with fewer calories actually I have often felt that way with less sleep. Yep I know I’m weird!
So what can I do to recharge and become more alert right now this minute so that I can put in a good showing?
Take a Walk Around the Block
I find just changing what I am doing for a minute plus getting some fresh air and working the kinks out by getting some exercise can revive me particularly when I am at the office were the air has passed through a few floors before it gets to my office. It’s sad when standing on the sidewalk beside a traffic jam suck back exhaust is reviving compared to breathing indoor air. There really should be a law regarding indoor air quality.
Drink Some Tea
I am a coffee drinker and I do find it can get the brain started in the morning. I also find it keeps me up at night if I have it after noon. I can also get a little hyperactive and careless if I have too much. I use tea to settle me down and quiet my thoughts. I have a little ritual were I clear my mind while drinking my tea that is very restorative.
I have not tried this in the office but maybe I should. I home aromatherapy is mostly about covering up the smell of dinner or a hot summer garbage day. I do find citrus smells wake me up they also make me think about cleaning. Actually that pine fresh smell of some detergents wakes me up as well. I wouldn’t want to smell that all day.
I take Vitamin D supplements even though I don’t take any other supplements. I do find I don’t get the blahs as much with the extra Vitamin D. I did skip by an article that said Vitamin D can be bad for your heart if you take too much, so check out what a safe dosage is for you before you try this.
Take Belly Breaths
When I person is stressed they tend to take short shallow breaths which gives them less air making them tired. You should take a break and take deep breaths to the point that your belly rounds. It also helps to have a calming picture in your head such as a pool of water or in my case a shady tree while breathing. Once your blood is oxygenated you will have more energy and much less anxiety which just makes everything a little better.
Wear a Power Outfit
If you are having a blah morning change into a power suit or at least convince yourself that you are a super hero when you wear your matching purple gym wear. This will give you the boost you need to conquer your workout or your day full of meetings. I lie! No suit can stand up to a day full of meetings!
Cut back on Evening TV and Computer time
The light from your computer and TV fools your body into suppressing melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that tells your body it is time to sleep. This is why you see people taking melatoninsupplements before bed. Yeah, I’m not happy about this one either!