Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to Stay Energized During Busy Days


 
We’re all busy. Between work, school, family, and friends time just seems to get away with us. Our schedules fill up for the month ahead without even the blink of an eye.

I will be the first person to recommend that everyone needs a ‘me’ day. A day to do absolutely NOTHING and relax. Of course this can include chores around the house and other things that will ease the tension of a busy schedule for the days (or weeks, yikes!) ahead. But, for the most part it’s essential to take a day where you lay around and watch Netflix, or read a book, or go for a quiet hike.

But, what happens when days like this are absolutely few and far between? When you work 40/50/60 hours a week and your nights are filled with classes or social obligations and you squeeze as much into a weekend as possible?

More often than not that’s each of our reality and it’s draining! There are some days at work where I’m staring at the computer and my eyes just glaze over in exhaustion. I know it’s because I always pack too much into a week, but I have a hard time saying no to friends and I generally thrive off of social situations.

In any given week I work 50-60 hours a week, attend 2-3 weekday happy hours or dinners, and overbook myself on the weekends for morning plans with one friend and then evening plans with another. I do take a ‘me’ day from time to time, but usually this is my speed and it goes from 0-100mph REALLY quickly.

BUT, I do have tricks that keep me energized and HEALTHY so that being busy doesn’t take it’s toll on me.

Here are a few tricks I use to make sure I feel my best, work my best, and perform my best:

1)                  Stay Hydrated


I CANNOT harp on this point enough. Staying hydrated is essential for health and wellness.

There is a rule that you should divide your body weight in half and drink that much water (in ounces) every day. DO IT!

Drinking water increases metabolism, helps skin, helps digestion, and overall makes your body feel it’s best (we are made primarily of water, after all).

I have a Kate Spade Monogrammed cup that I keep at my desk at all times for work. I also keep a Brita in our work fridge so I have no excuse but to drink pure, cold, water.

2)                  Limit Your Caffeine Intake


This is a hard point for me to drive home. Throughout undergrad and grad school I used to drink 3, maybe even 4 cups of coffee a day. And don’t get me wrong… coffee is delicious.

But, if you are relying too much on coffee and concentrated caffeine you will eventually experience a crash when the effects of the caffeine wear off.

I’ve switched over to one small cup of coffee while I’m getting ready in the morning and then I keep green tea in my Yeti Tumbler to drink throughout the day because of it’s low caffeine level and health/metabolism benefits.

***Note: the Yeti REALLY DOES WORK. I will make a cup of hot tea at 7:30am when I get to work and by 3:00pm it is still hot! (usually I drink it wayyyyy quicker, but I have made sure to put it to the test!).

3)                  Take Your Multivitamin


Even the most health conscious people on this planet miss essential vitamins and nutrients through their general diet.

It’s so easy to skip meals, eat unhealthily, or eat too much of the same thing over and over again.

BUT the easiest thing in the world is taking one pill or gummy every morning to make sure you are getting every vitamin and mineral needed.

I take ALIVE! Women’s Multivitamin (in gummy form) every morning. And seriously, it makes a difference!

I can tell if there’s a day that I forget to take it and I’ll tell you, it’s not a feeling I enjoy. Our bodies are meant to thrive off of essentials and that’s what happens when you give them to it: it thrives rather than just functions.

4)                  Eat 3 Balanced Meals


EAT BREAKFAST. EAT LUNCH. EAT DINNER.

I will 100% admit that this is something I’m bad at. Some people stress-eat and I well, stress-under-eat. If I don’t have time in the morning I’ll run out the door without breakfast. If I get tied up in a meeting I’ll forget lunch. If I have plans with friends for Happy Hour I’ll eat a few chips and salsa and omit dinner.

But, do. not. do. that. Food fuels our bodies. As I said, it gives us the nutrients we need every day. And, every time we eat throughout the day it re-ignites the energy our body needs and sharpens our brains.

I’ve already posted about my favorite Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. This is only one way to get an easy breakfast: grab a Kashibar, grab a piece of fruit, grab a smoothie, just grab something!

Make your lunches for the week ahead every Sunday night so you can just grab them as you go. (Post to come on my favorite meal prep ideas!)

Make dinners you enjoy. Invite a friend over to try the recipe. Use your crockpot.

Just make sure you’re eating, and you’re eating as healthy as you can to fuel your body!

5)                  Take 5 Minute Breaks


It’s as simple as that.

If you’re at work, get up from your desk for 5 minutes and walk around (or at least stop staring at your computer screen).

If you’re out with friends, take a bathroom break and a deep breath.

If you have back-to-back-to-back plans, stop at home in between and just lay in quiet for 5 minutes.

‘Me’ time is essential… even if it’s only for 5 minutes.

6)                  Get 7-8 Hours of Sleep


I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. It’s scientifically proven and can be found on any health/wellness/medical website and study.

Young adult require 7-8 hours of sleep to perform at their absolute best. So do it.

Are you a morning person? Go to bed early and wake up early.

A night owl? Adjust your work schedule to maybe arrive to the office later in the morning and stay later in the evening because you work better at that time.

Just, sleep okay? It’s so so so good for you!

 

 

These tips are all so basic, but SO important! They’re easy to do, easy to incorporate, and will have you feeling a worlds better in all that you do.

Whether, work, school, or even social setting you will have more energy and excitement because your body will be fueled!

2 comments:

  1. These are such good tips. Staying hydrated is something that I am really bad at.
    Kelsey | petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

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