Firstly, on a side note, I would like to say that hopefully these pictures of the cutest cat you will ever find on this planet (who is my kitty, Tessa), will hopefully make you feel happier. If not then I suggest you immediately go seek medical help for your condition because how could this floof ball not make you feel better? I couldn’t help but use these cute little photos of her, because I love sharing her. She seems to always have this attitude emanating from her but then she falls asleep and boom, she has you wrapped around her little toe bean.
Anyway, on a more serious note I wanted to speak about something that has been a problem recently for me. I have been constantly tired. The kind of tired that makes it hard to get up every morning. The kind that makes it hard to not be a little bit snappy and sarcastic. The kind that leaves you having four or five coffees a day which still doesn’t cut it. I put up with this feeling for months and months. I bitched about it, I whinged about it and I moaned about it to anyone and everyone but I never feel like anyone “got it”. It’s not their fault, if someone says to you that they’re tired, you think they should probably just sleep more right? Sometimes though, it’s not that simple. Now I am no medical expert so if you are suffering badly and legit cannot stay awake then I suggest speaking to a doctor but maybe these tips will help you feel a bit better.
Build Good Sleeping Habits
Simple right? Just get a solid eight hours right? Wrong! Sleeping and resting your body is actually harder to get right then we think it is. I suggest doing some research into this yourself as there is so much that goes into it but things like having a proper routine by trying to go to bed and getting up at around the same time each day are a really good start. Another important thing is to wind down before bed time, this will be different for everyone but for me not scrolling on my phone in bed really helps me. Another thing that Jamie and I have started to do is putting our phones (alarms set) out of arms reach. This way we have to get up when our alarms go off so that we don’t keep drifting back into sleep in the morning. Research has proved that drifting back into sleep is a really bad way to start your day as it confuses your brain and makes you crankier!
Eat Better and Drink More Water
It’s pretty obvious but our diet affects our bodies so much. If you feel sluggish, it could be because your body has to focus too much on digesting what you are eating. Or it could mean that you aren’t eating enough and your body is struggling to create enough energy on the food you’re currently eating. Drinking water is just good for everything, it helps to keep you hydrated which will keep your body functioning correctly. I think that many people seem to almost forget that food is your bodies fuel, what you put in, you get out. So eat a diet full of whole foods like vegetables and less processed foods full of useless ingredients.
I’m sorry, I know that no one really likes to do it but honestly it does help you feel better! Yes at first it sucks, but this is because you aren’t used it and your body is in a little bit of shock. However, once you’ve built the habit and are going regularly your body will really start showing some appreciation by not only helping pick up your energy levels but also releasing hormones such as endorphins that will help make you happier. When you are tired, it’s so hard to be motivated to do any kind of exercise so my advice is to start slow and simple. Don’t sign yourself up for a boot camp, because you’ll hate it and it will be hard and you’ll be in a lot of pain and then you’ll never want to exercise again. Instead walk to a local coffee shop with a partner or a friend, or do a half an hour yoga video off of Youtube (for this, I love Yoga With Adrienne). Even just start taking the stairs. Little and often is much more beneficial then you would ever think. Then once you are a bit more used to the increased exercise start doing something more intense. Start going to the gym, or start a class/sport that you enjoy.
Cut The Crap Out of Your Life
Excuse the bad language but honestly do it. Whatever is tiring you out, whether its a person, a job or something else that makes you feel exhausted even thinking about them or it, then let it go. This is no excuse to shirk responsibilities or live off of benefits but find a way to make yourself happier. This can be really difficult but it will be liberating too. Find a creative way to earn money doing something that fits your interests and allows you to live the life you want. Otherwise if it’s someone that is draining you, then start to reduce contact slowly. It’s harsh to cut all contact suddenly and it’s not the way to go about it. You might find that the lesser contact is enough to enjoy seeing them but not be drained, otherwise you might have to remove them altogether. If it’s someone you are very close to and don’t want to remove from your life, then maybe speak to them about the issues you are having with them, just be nice.
Literally, Cut The Crap and Clean Up
I don’t think there is enough appreciation for how your surroundings make you feel. So if you’re feeling super tired and drained, is it because when you’re at home you’re looking around looking at all the things you have to do? The less stuff you own, the less stuff you have to clean or maintain. So get rid of the crap that you’ve accumulated and don’t use. This means you’ll have more free time and it will be less of a drain to keep a tidy home. Otherwise if the problem is that you are too tired to keep a tidy home then the above tip still works but also just try to do the little things. Even set a timer for twenty or thirty minutes a day and just get it done. This is kind of the same as exercise as cleaning is also gross, but only at first. Once it’s a habit, it’s easy. And again, just like exercise, little and often is the key. At first this will make you feel worse because you’ll be more tired from doing the extra tasks, but once you’ve built the habit it will be easy and it will make you feel good.
Sometimes seeking help just means chatting to people close to you who understand. Other times, depending on why your tired, it can help manage the problem. For example if your tired because you work all the time and then your cooking and cleaning and doing all these things then speak to whoever you live with to see if they could take on a little more so that you aren’t taking on so much. If you live alone, or the people who you live with are suffering the same as you then consider spending a bit more money and buying preprepared food, hiring a cleaner or investing in a device like a dishwasher to free up some time. Normally, I’m all about saving all the money where you can but sometimes you have to consider the value of your time. So way up money versus time and see what will be better value for your lifestyle.
If you feel like all the above is under control, or if you’re struggling to even find the energy for simple tasks then please seek medical advice. I know I joked about it earlier in this post but being tired is a symptom of many different conditions. It could be mental or physical or a combination of both. One of the things to remember is that you can do things to fix the problem or at least help manage it. For me personally it was an iron deficiency caused by a few different things. Luckily I hadn’t progressed into being anaemic but it was very low. Now I’ve been working on everything above plus taking a course of iron supplements and I’m honestly feeling much more myself.
Being tired sucks, but usually it’s a simple fix by just changing your habits. Sometimes there’s more to it and it’s important to listen to your body. When your body isn’t working as it should then it’s probably trying to tell you that something isn’t right. Let me know what your tips are!
Thanks for reading!