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 completely indifferent to what used to be pleasing. Motivation? Forget it. Irritability? Oh yeah. Caring for health and wellness? Into the furnace.
For some reason, it is generally accepted that the conquest of new heights and complete exhaustion do not go without each other—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 a double shot of espresso or another layer of concealer under the eyes, 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 taken with the utmost seriousness.
1. Get plenty of sleep
Our body is a mechanism. A wonderful and incredibly complex system that needs care and relaxation. When you leave work, you turn off your computer every day, which is about the same as your body and mind. Research says good sleep helps the brain flush out toxins that build up 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 especially true for those who are used 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, reduce stress levels, help develop healthy eating habits, and even lose weight.
3. Stop with caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that irritates your already twitching nervous system. When you are anxious, tense, or even on the verge of hysterics, the next cup of coffee will cheer you up, it will not last long. Instead, try other, gentler ways to invigorate and energize; 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 sip it 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.
You can resist growing stress through physical activity: every minute spent on yoga, jogging or cycling becomes a contribution to combating stress.
A simple morning exercise sets the pace you need throughout the day and focuses on important tasks. Needless to say, successful people prefer to train 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.
No article on changing life is complete without mentioning meditation. Well, what to do if it really 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? Even more amazing is that we can reduce all these costs through that’s right, meditation. These practices help you cope with stress, strengthen your immune system, improve 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