How often do you think, “Wow, I didn’t know that being an adult would be this exhausting?!” We all have. It’s so challenging to find time to relax these days. And if we find time to relax, our bodies don’t know how to relax.
So how did we all become so stressed and exhausted? What contributed to this chronic problem?
Life is so much more hectic these days – especially for women. Back in the early-to-mid 1900s, life was much more predictable. Gender roles were more clear – the man worked and took care of the family, and the woman stayed home, raised the kids, and attended to the domestic duties. But life doesn’t really work that way anymore.
Studies show that even though a family might have two parents working, the woman still does more of the household chores and child-rearing. And as if that isn’t stressful enough, she also carries more “psychological responsibility,” which is the worst kind of stress and exhaustion. If you’re not familiar with the term, “psychological responsibility” is the task(s) such as keeping the social calendar or remembering the kids’ sporting events (or doctor appointments or anything related to the kids). Men are more likely to say things like, “Honey, what are we doing this weekend?” or “When is Billy’s next dentist appointment?” Women are just expected to know this stuff, and it exhausts us.
But what can we do? Are we destined to a life of complete and utter exhaustion? Well, it’s probably not likely that you will get rid of all the stress in your life any time soon. But you can use some of these techniques to boost your energy – and we know how often you need to do that!
How to Boost Your Energy
Take a walk or hit the gym
If you can, just get up from what you’re doing and take a walk. It doesn’t matter if it’s inside or outside, just do it. It might be the last thing you feel like doing, but it will rejuvenate you. Even better, take some time and go to the gym if you can.
Put on some lively, upbeat music
It seems like most people get pretty pumped up when their favorite song comes on the radio. They turn it up and start to sing, groove, and jam along to the song. So if that sounds like you, then put a play list together of your favorite songs so you can have them handy when you need a pick-me-up.
Take it one step further with the music, and get up and bust a move! Sure, that might be a bit difficult to do if you’re in the middle of a board meeting. But it’s easy to do if you’re exhausted at home at the end of the day or on the weekends.
This is not to imply that you take a nap at work. But taking a power nap can really be effective for some people. Not everyone can pull this off, but if you’re one of them, why not try it? You could even go out to your car if you’re at work. Just don’t forget to set an alarm!
Pretend to be energetic
This might sound cheesy. But pretending to be something actually does (eventually) trick your brain into following through. So tell yourself that you’re energetic – even if you don’t believe it, because eventually you will.
Call a friend or family member
Sometimes we get exhausted because our brains aren’t stimulated enough. Even if you’re doing work on your computer, sometimes it’s not the kind of stimulation you need to wake your brain up. So get on the phone and have a lively conversation with someone.
Start a chore or a project
Again, this might seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re exhausted. But just like walking or exercising, your body can “wake up” when you get moving. Even if you’re just doing a mental activity, sometimes that can help.
Take a supplement
Try taking a B vitamin each morning to boost your energy. B12 shots may also be an effective way to boost your energy.
Eat or drink something healthy
It could be as simple as drinking some orange juice. Sometimes that small bit of sugar can give you a jolt of energy. And magnesium drinks are also helpful for waking you up.
This might sound like a strange one, but there are countless studies on the power of visualization. The subconscious mind can be fooled easily, and it believes the pictures you put into your mind. So visualize being energetic, and it just might work!
Drink coffee or tea
This is probably the first go-to for most people. It seems like almost everyone needs their morning coffee to wake up in the morning! But if you aren’t overly sensitive to caffeine, then you can also drink it during the day (just not too close to bed time). And tea provides some other health benefits beyond just giving you more energy.
Watch something funny
Similar to putting on some lively music, you can also wake yourself up by watching anything funny. It could be just a short video of your favorite comedian. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you laugh. Laughter is invigorating!
Take a cold shower
Obviously, you won’t be able to do this during the middle of the work day. But maybe after you come home, or if you’re overly exhausted on the weekends, this would be a good strategy. It doesn’t sound inviting, but it can do the trick.
This might sound counter-intuitive because it seems like meditation would automatically put you to sleep. But you can combine it with the visualization and pretending that you’re energetic suggestions. And if nothing else, meditation will de-stress you. And stress is part of what exhausts us in the first place.
Don’t we all wish we had a magic wand to just wave over ourselves when we need a boost of energy? Yes, we do! But unfortunately, as we all know, it doesn’t exist. However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for chronic exhaustion. Following these tips will definitely help you boost your energy any time and any place.