You probably know this feeling: 10 am, you are already on edge from the third cup of coffee, and in your head, instead of any sensible thoughts, there is a complete mess. You are exhausted – physically, mentally, and emotionally – and utterly uninterested in what was formerly pleasant. Motivation? Forget it. Irritability? Oh yeah. Caring for health and wellness? Into the furnace.
For some reason, it is generally accepted that it is impossible to achieve new heights when completely exhausted —anything like this. Burnout is not at all a sign of success; it is the way our bodies tell us unambiguously that it’s time to slow down.
If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always received.
The famous quote from Henry Ford comes in handy here.
The usual ways to bring yourself back to life, whether it’s an additional layer of concealer under the eyes or a double shot of espresso, take a few minutes literally, but are there any real benefits from them? Yes, it takes much more time to change your life fundamentally, but in the end, all efforts are justified. This is an investment in your health and wellness and should be treated quite seriously.
1. Get plenty of sleep
Our body is a mechanism. A wonderful and incredibly complex system that needs care and relaxation. Every day you shut down your computer when you leave work, which is roughly equivalent to shutting down your body and mind. According to research, getting enough sleep helps the brain get rid of toxins that accumulate throughout the day, which is why seven to eight hours of proper rest is incredibly important for mental and physical health. Your task is to bring your daily sleep time to this level gradually. 30 minutes more rest every day is easy.
2. Think what and how to eat
It takes practice to make your meals meaningful. This is particularly accurate for those who are accustomed to having a snack on the run while typing a response to the next letter and being distracted by phone calls every minute. Practicing mindful eating helps you understand what you are eating and how it benefits your body. A healthy relationship is replacing merely satisfying hunger with food. Research results show that this nutrition approach can significantly improve mood, lessen stress, support the formation of wholesome eating habits, and even lose weight.
3. Stop with caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that irritates your already twitching nervous system. The next cup of coffee will lift your spirits, but it won’t last long when you’re stressed, tense, or even on the point of hysteria. Instead, explore alternate, kinder methods to revivify and energize yourself; exercise or meditation. If the morning without coffee is not a joy for you, transfer your relationship with this drink to a slightly different plane and make them as conscious as possible. Sip the aroma and enjoy the taste of the drink as you take a sip from your favorite mug. After a while, it may turn out that this ritual is much more important than the coffee itself.
4. Start moving and don’t stop
Movement is not only a powerful tool for improving mood and reducing stress, but it is also a proven way of maintaining excellent memory and mental skills in general.
Through exercise, you may fend off mounting stress; every minute you spend practicing yoga, running, or cycling helps to reduce stress.
A simple morning exercise sets the pace you need throughout the day and focuses on important tasks. Naturally, those that are successful like to exercise in the morning. Start with at least 10 minutes of moderate physical activity per day and gradually increase the recommended half hour duration.
5. Remember: the best rest is silence.
Without addressing meditation, no article on life change is complete. Well, what to do if it actually works? About 80% of visits to doctors are somehow connected with the consequences of stress. Can you imagine what a terrible waste of time and money? What’s even more incredible is that we can reduce all these costs through that’s right, meditation. These practices help you cope with stress, boost your immune system, get better sleep, and feel truly happy. Just five minutes of this relaxation will make your day a lot more joyful. Another bonus; people who meditate regularly are rational and feel less anxiety when life throws up the next surprises.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker