Do you ever wake up feeling like a mac truck hit you...and then ran back over you?
Some mornings, before I have my coffee, that's exactly how I feel. It doesn't matter how "organized" I am for my day, if I have my priorities staring me in the face, or a routine to kick my behind in gear, when I'm tired, I'm useless. Now that I can't have my beloved coffee anymore (hello baby # 3) I don't know what I'm going to do! Oh, I know what I have to do, laundry.
Here are the best "energizing" tips I've found out there that have nothing to do with caffeine (drat!):
Apparently, inactivity makes you more tired. The solution? Do something...like running, dancing with your kiddos, kickboxing, swimming, hiking, walking, or...cleaning! :)
Only get the sleep you need
Turns out, I function much better on six to seven hours of sleep as opposed to eight. In fact, when I have more than eight hours of sleep, I'm like a sloth...I just want to sleep more! Figure out how much sleep you really need, and then get it. Steve Pavlina did a sleep experiment to become an earlier riser and has some good tips on how to exert more control over your sleep patterns.
Remember how we talked about feeling overwhelmed?
Well, work on the suggestions I gave on over coming feeling overwhelmed because, evidently, stress makes you tired too.
Increase your magnesium (this one's out of the blue!)
"In a study done at the Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, N.D., women with magnesium deficiencies had higher heart rates and required more oxygen to do physical tasks than they did after their magnesium levels were restored. In essence, their bodies were working harder which, over time, says Heller, can leave you feeling depleted.
The recommended daily intake of magnesium is around 300 milligrams for women..."
Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet.
Increase your intake of whole grains, particularly bran cereal.
Eat more fish, especially halibut.
If you're not prego or nursing, my number one suggestion is: CAFFEINE! (and lots of it!) Preferably in coffee (or diet coke with lemon, if your name is Debbie).
I know I'm breaking my own rule here by adding caffeine, but I just can't help it - I really believe that God gave caffeine to me as a gift, and perhaps I may now pass this beautiful gift on to you.
"Planning for your energy involves thinking about your meals, sleep hours, workout schedule, and stress management ahead of time and making time for them." Dulce Zamora
Oh, and your challenge for the day, laundry - lots and lots of glorious laundry! I know I have about 15 piles to work through...and it doesn't count if you don't FOLD it and PUT IT AWAY! Okay? Come on...how many can you get done?
31 Days to Clean - Jump in anywhere! (Seriously, we're not about rules here!) :)