It’s every young woman’s goal to do their best in all they do. Working towards a degree and beginning a career are absolutely crucial to forward movement and they take a lot of hard work and dedication.
However, there are going to be days where it’s much more tempting to stay in bed and afternoons that seem to drag on. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to get through even your most low energy day.
Pay Attention to Your Body
When you wake up and are feeling off, the first thing you should do is try to determine why. Many times, it’s just a bad mood or it just seems like a long day from the beginning and that’s okay.
What you are looking for here is to make sure your body isn’t trying to tell you something. If the reason for your low energy comes from feeling sick, it might be best to turn to your medicine cabinet or call your doctor to try to kick these symptoms early and minimize your tired, sick days.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they’re right! Taking the time to eat breakfast before you head to the office or to campus can help you dodge fatigue and stress. It’ll also prevent you from the distraction of hunger before you find time to grab lunch.
It should be noted that this should be a healthy breakfast. While a chocolate frosted donut might be an easy and sweet choice, you’ll get more benefits out of frying an egg or grabbing a bowl of oatmeal before you leave the house.
It’s also a good idea to keep some energy-boosting snacks on you to stave off hunger as well. Nuts like peanuts and almonds are great choices since they are easy to carry and they offer nutrients your body needs for energy.
When you are having a tiring day, it can be tempting to reach for the coffee pot or an energy drink. These drinks can give you a boost but they often make you jittery and lead to a crash that leaves you with less energy than when you started.
Instead, try to drink water. Since dehydration can lead to fatigue and most of us don’t get the amount of water we need a day, it can be extremely helpful to switch out your caffeine for a glass of water.
To give you an idea, most sources suggest that the average adult woman drinks 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day.
Nootropics – sometimes referred to as “smart drugs” – offer a variety of cognitive benefits to users. Some of which can offer you motivation and energy without the crash that we mentioned follows sugary drinks.
One of the best examples of a nootropic that will help you on hard days is Modafinil. This nootropic is often used to reduce fatigue and boost mood and motivation.
Daylight Can Help
A minimal change you can make in your day is to get a little sunlight from time to time. Natural light can help you feel a little more motivated on days that you aren’t feeling as ready to go.
Of course, you can’t always find a window seat in the library and you can’t install a window in a cubicle. If you don’t have natural light where you’re working, take the time to go outside for a bit. Maybe eat your lunch in the park or take a few minutes to walk around outside to get your fill of vitamin D.
We mentioned a minute ago that a walk in the sun can go a long way on a hard day. It isn’t just the sun in that example that helps, though. A little exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping and some endorphins going to perk you up.
You don’t have to complete a bodybuilder level workout either. A 30-minute walk can do the trick just as well.
Many people find that starting their morning with a bit of yoga can help them start their day off on the right foot. If you don’t know how to go through a yoga workout on your own, there are plenty of videos to guide you a quick workout through without you having to fit a yoga class into your day.
Stick Around Your Friends
Have you ever noticed that if your friend or coworker is upbeat and laughing, the people around them start to laugh as well? This is because emotions and laughter can be contagious.
When you’re having a down day, spend some time with friends and colleagues that are ready to go that day. Their motivation and good mood can be more infectious than you might think!
Let Things Wait
When you are having a day where everything seems difficult, frustrating, or otherwise unpleasant, it can seem impossible to make important decisions or tackle big projects. Sometimes, these low energy days can even tempt you to do a less than stellar job on these large jobs.
Sometimes the best choice is to wait. If your bigger projects and decisions can wait a day, let them. Not only will you make better decisions on better days, but it can also be much more motivating to use lower energy days to work on smaller projects that you can see immediate progress on.
Don’t Put Yourself Down
Finally, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself for having days that aren’t as great as the next. Having a day that’s a little harder to get started or a little more difficult to find motivation is natural.
Using these tips will definitely help but it’s also important to remember that one day doesn’t define you. Don’t put yourself down too much on these days and remember that everyone needs a little help to get started once in a while.
Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer/editor. She writes for several health and fitness publications with a specific interest in brain health. She also works with few organizations to provide families with the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child. Annabelle’s main areas of interest include: holistic approaches to treating depression and anxiety, PPD, autism, detox and organic eating. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle likes to make DIY and crafty projects in her free time.