Do you hit a midday lull? Lose energy midday when there’s still so much to do?
We all have super busy schedules and we don’t get to take a nap when we’re feeling like we’re out of energy. But you can stay in tune with what’s going on with your body and what’s going on with your day so you know what you need to keep it going.
When you wake up in the morning, even if we lack vitamins or food or water at different points, what pulls us through the day is drive. Whether it’s the night before or that morning, think: What’s our purpose in that day? Zoom in one one aspect to live for just for that day. They can be personal (I want to work on being a better mother today) or work related (I want to introduce a new fitness routine today). These small goal gives us that pump before we start our day.
We need food. Our bodies are vehicles and can’t drive without gasoline. I’m not going to go into details of what type of fuel we should use here, of course, the better we treat our bodies, the better we’ll feel. But we definitely need to put something into our bodies in that first hour when we wake up. It gets our metabolism going.
Water! Sometimes, I’ll come home at 2 p.m. and with a headache. Why? I ate, I exercised, I slept well the night before, but then it’ll hit me. I only had one cup of water that day! That will cause a headache or bring us down to a midday slope and make us feel like we need a nap when all our body needs is fluids. Check in with yourself and make sure you drank enough that day…that water will instantly boost energy levels.
Even if you already went to the gym that day, if you’re feeling tired during the middle of the day, it’s normal. Our bodies produce melatonin between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. In other countries, they nap during the day. But we can’t nap. We can, however, reverse that chemical reaction and create endorphins by getting up and moving. Move aggressively for two, three, or four minutes by doing jumping jacks or running up and down the steps a few times. It might take a little time to kick in, or you may have to do it again, but you will feel rejuvenated.
This content originally appeared on our Instagram series, Between Minds, where different popular Instagrammers shared tips in their areas of expertise.