Are you tired? I know. I’ve been there. You have a long to-do list waiting, but instead, you find yourself oversleeping, watching TV or wasting time in other unproductive activities.
It obviously comes from a combination of low energy, and a lack of motivation and self-discipline.
Try to figure out what causes it
If you have too much on your mind and find it hard to even start thinking about all the things you have to do, it’s time to write it down. Write everything that comes to your mind, things to do, things to think about, things that bother you. You’d probably realize soon enough, that things aren’t as bad as you thought.
You may need to change the way you do your “self-talk”. Do you talk to yourself like a parent talks to a child? You’re a grownup now. It’s time to change the way you think about tasks and responsibilities. Instead of thinking “YOU have to do this”, think- “I want to do this because:” and give yourself a really good reason why.
How is your sleep?
You may not be getting enough rest from your sleep. Learn how to improve the quality of your sleep. When your sleep is optimized, you could actually sleep less, but have more energy then you’ve had before when you slept longer.
Start by reducing the amount of caffeine you get during the day, especially in the evening. Remember, caffeine is not present only in coffee, but also in soda, tea, and chocolate, to name a few.
You need to go sleep when you’re tired, which brings me to my next point:
Have you noticed that the times that you’re most tired are the times that you have no reason to be? You know what I’m talking about. You just woke up from a long nap and since then all you’ve been doing is laying on the couch, but still, all you want to do is rest, and sleep.
It’s a bit of a paradox, but when your activity level is very low, so is your energy level and you feel tired.
Start moving. If exercising is too much for you, the least you can do is stretch. Also, climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk those few yards to the grocery store instead of driving to it. Play with your dog or your kids.
Change your diet
A few changes in your diet could greatly increase your energy level. You should probably start by doubling the amount of water you drink daily. Also, instead of starting your day with coffee and a muffin, how about serial and orange juice?
These were just a few ideas to get you started, but you have to find the power within you and become determined enough to change your ways.
Earl Nightingale once said: “The key that unlocks energy is desire. It’s also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited”.