Feeling tired and drained has been if I’m honest, a very frequent occurrence for me. Sometimes it’s due to my hectic lifestyle, work-related stress, or personal challenges, but being constantly tired can take a toll on both my physical and mental well-being. I longed to know how I could regain my energy and vitality if that was possible. So, I did a little research on things I needed to do to break out of the rut and I wanted to share them with you:
1. Shut my brain off: One of the most crucial factors in combating tiredness is ensuring you get enough quality sleep and that involves getting good sleep. Its easier said than done for me. All the sleep hygiene practices don’t really work for me when I have got a lot on my mind. That’s why I ask my Father who gives his beloved rest to give me a peaceful sleep. The more tired I am, the more sleep I need.
2. Evaluate my Diet: The food I consume plays a significant role in my energy levels even though I don’t like to admit it. Its important for me to opt for a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. I avoid excessive caffeine, sugary snacks, and processed foods, as they can lead to energy crashes. I stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
3. Exercise Regularly: Although it may seem counter-intuitive, engaging in regular physical activity can actually boost energy levels. Exercise increases blood flow, releases endorphins, and improves overall stamina. I look for activities that I enjoy, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, and aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
4. Manage Stress: Stress is a major contributor to fatigue. Sometimes its hard to identify the sources of stress in one’s life but if one can do that and try to manage the source of the stress it helps prevent burnout. As a psychiatrist, I also endorse relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness. Some stress-reducing activities such as taking breaks, engaging in hobbies, or spending time in nature might also be very helpful.
6. Take Breaks: I know its just the beginning of the year but I’m already beginning to plan my holidays as that helps to give me a sense of well-being. I allow myself as much as I can manage it; regular breaks throughout the day, especially during mentally or physically demanding tasks. Stepping away from work or other responsibilities for a few minutes can help refresh your mind and prevent burnout. I can use this time to stretch, take a short walk, or engage in activities that bring me joy.
7. Ask for help: The Bible says those that wait upon the Lord, He shall renew their strength. I think the Lord knew that as human beings we would get tired and that’s why strength is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. Its a daily struggle but I try to remember to ask God to strengthen me and renew my strength as there are so many things around me which can sap my strength away. But when I walk in his strength, I am able to be productive and efficient and even do much more than I expected or planned.
I hope this post was as helpful to you as it is to me. I pray that we can all go into the rest of the year with God’s strength, able to tackle any challenges and make the most of opportunities ahead of us.