Thursday, 10 July 2014

Not turning to Carbohydrates when tired/ fatigued...8 steps to combating tiredness

The last couple of weeks I've had a very busy time at work. Life is quite busy with a family and responsibilities, and I like it that way, I like being productive and achieving things at work and around the home!

But sometimes I find myself going for the carbs a bit more when I'm tired out. I think there's a part of us that when we are tired, we look for the instant energy boost button.
This can also happen with caffeine intake for that matter. But any sort of false boost like this isn't going to help in the long run. Rather it might prevent us from getting to our goals.

Rather when going through a bit of a slump of tiredness I find that the following is helpful.
None of these are rocket science, but sometimes you need to be reminded lest you fall into a rut!

  1. Get enough sleep. Without realizing have you been down on your sleep, perhaps down to 6-7 hours? Perhaps a late afternoon nap for now might help if you can't manage more sleep at night. Then try to get a few real early nights
  2. Drink enough water. Try to cut down on caffeinated drinks and keep up your water intake instead.
  3. Now is a good time to restart your vitamins supplement that you've long forgotten about! A multivitamin will help but also Magnesium. Both taken over the long term will give good benefits to overall health. 
  4. Get some sunshine!
  5. Have you ever thought that your tired and could do with rest? Yes, maybe you need a proper (away from Tv and technology rest evening!) How about getting some evening sunshine while reading a book or relaxing in a comfy chair?
  6. What sort of food are you eating at the moment? Has your diet slipped at all? Try to increase your fat and protein levels and also try to increase the nutrient density of what you are eating by .organic and unprocessed foods. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do but worth it!
  7. Live in the moment. This can sound very hairy fairy but all too often we are living in the future or the past, when sometimes there's good things happening right now that we aren't appreciating.
  8. It's ok to be tired... 

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