Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how much work you were doing? Sometimes, we work so much that we let days, weeks, and months go by without getting any rest.
You may get rest but your sleep schedule is off, it’s never been this bad before but you’re now in this position. This is common, there are people all over the world who are able to be productive while getting limited rest but it is important that we make time for it.
When you have low energy throughout the day, you’re already a step behind others. Work tends to get longer and your days get longer as well. Having an uncharged battery is no fun, especially when it comes to your actual body.
Have you ever been out of the house all day and later on realize that your phone is about to die? It’s one of the worst feelings ever, you feel stuck wherever you are and you can no longer check your phone for any updates or messages from people you know.
This is how life goes, we spend so much time unfocused on our internal battery that we start to realize we’re low when it’s almost too late. Every now and then we get lucky and that one percent we’re on is able to last us until we get home but it’s a risky game to play.
You don’t want to be at work doing what you have to do and then all of a sudden you pass out on the floor or at your desk because you haven’t been getting sleep.
Remember that everyone gets tired and that you have the option to control where your energy is going. Your friends are probably tired too, you can talk to them about how you’re feeling or you can just take it as a lesson.
If you know yourself well then you know how long your battery lasts and how to recharge it. If you feel like you don’t know how to recharge it then there a few tips I have for you when feeling this tired. You will be tired it's natural, the only time you should be worried is when you start to fall asleep when trying to do something productive or to better your life.
Get Some Rest… When You Can
This can be hard to do when you’re constantly working but you should really try to make time for it. Take short naps when you can, whether when you’re on break or if you have a little bit of free time. Try to take naps even when you don’t feel super tired.
If you feel yourself starting to get tired, take a nap. You’ll thank yourself later and you will be more energetic in the work you do and in the interactions you have.
Have you ever seen one of your co-workers come back super energetic when they come into work or when they come back from their break? It’s weird because from the last time you saw them they were tired and complaining about how they didn't want to be there.
Now, they’re working harder than ever and they seem to be in a happier mood. Some people really take their time on their breaks and make sure they eat a good meal or get a good nap.
These two things really help and they can have an impact on the second half of your day. Let’s look at people’s work schedules, employers usually give employees one to two days off during the week to let them recharge their batteries.
This is why you see some of your co-workers come back to work after a long weekend or vacation refreshed. They were able to get some rest and refuel their battery.
Breaks are needed when it comes to living a more productive life. Even as I write this article I plan on taking a five-minute break midway through so that the second half of my article can still hold the reader’s attention.
If you’re someone who likes to work then that great but you have to make time for rest. Rest will allow you to work harder and smarter in the future and you will see a difference in your performance.
Prioritize your sleep, set a goal for the number of hours you would like to sleep for each night, and make sacrifices. Some of these sacrifices may include less time on social media or less time talking on the phone with your friends for two to three hours.
Do Something You Don’t Feel Like Doing
This may sound crazy but it truly does work, stop avoiding things you want to do because you’ll end up having to do them when you feel worst. You might as well knock it out the way now.
When it comes to doing something you don’t want to do you’re able to focus more when you feel tired. Your eyes go from falling asleep to wide open with minutes of you trying to focus. Making the conscious effort to do something like this is letting your mind know that it’s time to wake up.
Think of something currently, you need to do but you don’t feel like doing it. Let’s say you have to get some groceries for your home, it’s five o'clock and you know the store is going to be busy.
Instead of saying you’re tired and you’ll do it tomorrow, push yourself to get up and go to that grocery store. From the time you stand up, change, and get in your car you’ll already be more alert than from a few minutes before.
Now you have to focus because you’re driving and there’s traffic, you run into another problem that causes you to focus even more which is finding parking. Lastly, you have to actually look for what you need for your home and wait in line.
All of this may sound dreadful but you were able to wake up and focus. This will carry on with you for the rest of the night and will allow you to get other responsibilities done.
You’ll end up going to bed that night feeling proud and well-deserving of a good night’s sleep. When doing something you don’t want to do, you may realize in some circumstances that you weren’t actually tired, you were just feeling lazy and your bed was calling you.
Stop looking at your bed if it’s distracting you that much because it will only make you feel more fatigued. Try this technique and see where it takes, whether you gain more energy or not, you did something that got you out of your laziness which is a good thing.
Go For a Walk
This is probably the most enjoyable technique to use when feeling tired. The only downside to this can be bad weather but even then you’re able to focus on other things that are going on around you.
When you go for a walk, you’re able to get your blood flowing, you may have been sitting in the house all day or in your office. When your blood gets flowing, you’re instantly energized and you feel like you can do anything.
Your walk can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, it can be around your neighborhood or at the park. Look at all of the trees and animals that you encounter on your walk.
This is great motivation to use as well, don't you think that animals get tired as well? Have you ever taken into consideration the strength of the trees in your neighborhood and how they’ve been standing for decades?
How tired are you feeling today? Try some of the techniques I mentioned above and let me know what you think! I’ll leave you with a quote from Holly Black that says
“You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.”