How to get rid of exhaustion? It goes much deeper than just sleeping more at night. There are habits that effect our energy levels and can impact our life when we aren’t taking care of ourselves properly. I learned this the hard way!
As soon as I used to wake up, I would hit snooze several times a day.. Having barely any time to get ready for my job. I would wait until the very last minute until I had to leave, feeling stressed before even leaving the house. No time to make breakfast, I would grab something crappy on the way to work chasing that with a huge cup of caffeine of some sort. I would feel lethargic most of the day feeling like I never could sleep enough in order for me to feel energized.
I would crash around 2pm, grabbing yet another caffeinated beverage and a sugary snack to get me through the rest of the day. Bringing myself to dinner, I went straight home and crawled right into bed, watching something on my computer.. Staying up late not doing anything productive for myself. I knew I had to do this cycle all over again the next day until the weekend hit! I would then drink too much alcohol even though I never really liked it but, socially, feeling accepted was a big deal for me back then.
After years of these bad habits, I knew something had to change.
After many years of this cycle that would continue on and on, feeling hopeless and lost with my life. I didn’t want to feel stuck in a position that I had no control over who I was and what I wanted to do. I began questioning what I should be doing realizing I am the only person capable of making myself happier and healthier. Getting rid of my exhaustion was very important!
The first thing I decided to do is exercise before work!
I almost went 3 years without doing some sort of exercise. In the past, I’d exercise 6 days a week and resting one day. I would quit almost a month after since it was way too much for me to handle. Getting bored of doing the same thing over and over used to happen constantly.
This just wasn’t going to cut it anymore and I wanted to be consistent instead of getting bored. I decided to run outside every other day and then on the opposite days walking or bike riding outside. I didn’t place a huge amount of pressure on myself either. If something came up, I allowed myself to skip days without beating myself up over it.
I never thought this would be something to bring joy to my life but truly felt my mood and energy boost within the first week. My muscles were much stronger and I was starting to take care of myself. After a few weeks, I was fully convinced that this was more than just exercise.
It was a new purpose of self-respect and growth. I was taking care of myself.
Secondly, I stopped grabbing unhealthy breakfasts and began making smoothies! (my all time favorite blender for perfect smoothies here!) I have been making smoothies so often in the past few years, mainly because they are DELICIOUS but also give me so much energy and feel so good. I didn’t even want to get unhealthy breakfasts anymore since I knew I would feel lower in energy by doing this.
The third thing I changed was not having a second caffeinated beverage per day. I allowed myself to enjoy one a day. You might ask, why even have the one? I enjoy having coffee once in a while with a splash of almond milk. No more sweetener! An occasional matcha almond latte is also a special treat.
The key here is finding your balance.
I have figured out that my body sleeps so much better without that second drink! Falling asleep much easier and would have an herbal tea in the afternoon instead. This was not an easy thing to start but it became easier with time.
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