Do you ever have those days where you just feel exhausted, all day long? I hate that feeling. That lack of energy just drags me down all day, and even if I feel like I've gotten plenty of sleep the night before, I wind up feeling sluggish and exhausted. I confess, this feeling is worse around that pesky, draining time of the month, which isn't so unusual but still, frankly, sucks. Well, I'm tired of it so I found out what I could do to make it stop, and wanted to share these excellent ways to stop feeling so sleepy all day with y'all, too.
1. Breakfast is the Most Important Meal
This is such a cliché but apparently it's true. I mean, I have to be honest, I rarely eat breakfast; I'm just never hungry when I first wake up in the morning. Skipping breakfast is almost guaranteed to make you feel lethargic all day, though. You need that energy to keep going – so naturally, you should not only eat breakfast, but you should try to make it as nutritious as possible as well.
Doing aerobics a few times a week, even, can be enormously helpful in making you feel energized and awake every other day as well. Aerobic exercises get your blood and heart pumping, which is extremely important. Even if you just do aerobics in your home, you'll start seeing the benefits almost immediately.
3. Staying Active
Even if exercising isn't always practical or you can't do it every day, you can – and should – be active every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, for example, and if you can, go to the bathroom on another floor in your office building. Don't drive when you can walk somewhere, and you can even park farther away from wherever you're going, whether it's an office or the grocery store.
4. Less Sugar
Don't trust the sugar high. That might make you feel energized for a while, but the ultimate crash is going to make you feel even worse. If you're noticing that you feel sluggish throughout the day, you might want to try eating and drinking less sugar. I'm not going to say cut it completely out of your diet, but it won't hurt to experiment with less.
5. Take It Light at Lunch
A heavy lunch is the worst idea. It's just going to sit there – and hit you like a coma suckerpunch or something. Heavy foods for lunch really do tend to make you feel like you're ready to pass out for a 12 hour nap, so again, go light and nutritious, and eat healthy foods that give you plenty of energy.
6. Take Your Time
Rushing around all day is bound to make you feel tired. It's a good idea to take some time for yourself every single day. You don't have to take a ton of time, but 10 or 15 minutes here or there to take time and center yourself will definitely benefit you during the day.
7. Sleep Well
Naturally, if you aren't getting enough sleep or if you aren't sleeping well, you aren't going to feel energized throughout the day. There's no way you can keep going if you haven't been getting enough rest, so do what you can to get plenty of sleep – and make sure it's good sleep!
I'm going to try these tips ASAP, because I really hate going through my day feeling tired and without energy. It's the worst, and it unequivocally makes the whole day feel like the pits. How do you cope with feelings of lethargy throughout the day?
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