Do you have that 2:30 feeling? If so, do not listen to fervent advertising and pop one of those energy shots to get you through the day. Feeling sluggish is not an excuse for a quick fix; it’s an opportunity and a wake-up call to take better care of yourself. Between long days at work, commutes home and off-time spent taking care of children or completing errands, there’s no wonder why many of us feel overwhelmed. Luckily, these problems are easily correctable, but where do you start? Here are some ways to feel better so you can get through the day.
- Get enough sleep: This is probably the most important thing you can do to make yourself feel better. Sleep is essential to overall good health. Adults need at least seven hours of sleep at night, but how many of us can say that we get that? This is bad because the body needs sleep to regenerate the brain and other parts of the body. When we don’t get enough sleep, we feel sluggish, confused, anxious and achy. The brain and other parts of the body cannot function properly without adequate sleep, so do yourself a favor and sleep more. If you’re struggling to do this, consider your sleeping ritual. Make sure you turn off all electronics before going into bed, keep your bedroom cool and meditate or do something relaxing to signal to your brain that it is time for bed.
- Get enough exercise: The modern working environment has afforded many opportunities, but it has also caused us to be more sedentary. We sit down all day in front of our computers and often don’t get the exercise needed to maintain good cardiovascular health. In order to combat this, get up from your desk every hour for at least five-ten minutes, so you can walk around. This will help to shake out the cobwebs and keep your mentally focused. In addition, you should try getting enough exercise throughout the week. The American Heart Association recommends a half hour of cardiovascular exercise five times a week along with two days of strength training to keep you at optimal health.
- Get enough nutrients: There’s no question that there are some problems with the Western Diet. Fried foods and red meat leave people at risk of premature death of every kind of disease. In addition, what you put into your mouth dictates what you’re not putting in your mouth as well. If you’re eating processed foods and meat all day, you’re probably not eating enough fruits and vegetables that supply the body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. For example, many Americans don’t get enough Vitamin D due to working indoors and having a poor diet. Vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle weakness, bone loss and put you at risk of certain cancers. Changing your diet or taking natural vitamins that supplement your Vitamin D intake can help maintain normal levels.
By taking care of your body, your body will take care of you as you’ll be able to tackle the day without any artificial stimulants.
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Jess Holmes is part of a team of writers and specializes in writing advice oriented pieces.