8 Natural Ways to Transform Tiredness Into Energy!
What is an article on being tired doing in a blog about self-sufficiency and homesteading? Well, I believe that fatigue, mental and physical, plays a huge role in how likely you are to engage and empower yourself to learn and do new things! Like many others, I have been dealing with "being tired all the time," throughout my adult life. I know what it's like to raise four kids, work a full time job, get everyone to their respective sports and activities, find time to work out, and on top of that stay abreast of what are the healthiest options for food for the family (cooking). Then there is just that tiredness that comes from, well...being tired. Tired of being tired.
One thing I have learned is that lifestyle probably plays a greater role than you think in your energy. Here are some natural things I have done recently and in the long ago past that have helped me get out of that rut of being "tired."
Eight Things You Can Do to Reduce Fatigue
1. Stop drinking alcohol, especially before bedtime.
I used to have a glass of wine each evening to help me go to sleep. The thing is, it DID help me to get to sleep, but then I more often than not experienced BAD sleep. Or worse, I would wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. Once I stopped that bad habit, my sleep improved immensely!!! That's why I put it number one on my "How Not To Be Tired" list.
Yep, I bet you knew that one was coming!!! One thing I know for sure is that when I do exercise, I sleep and feel better. When I don't exercise---Well, I don't sleep better. Exercise helps your body and mind release tension, helps control cortisol levels (that's the stress hormone that your body has to deal with when you feel anxiety or fear or anger--pretty much any negative emotion), and just makes you feel confident and in control.
3. Get Some Nutrition!
It's true---when you eat your vegetables, you are giving your body the fuel it needs to function well. And that includes in the arena of sleep. In the past 30 days, I have been on the Whole 30 plan, and I. LOVE. IT!!!! I am transformed!
Basically, you get to eat lots of vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, and clean meat. And that's it.
No grains (including wheat, soy, and corn which are in pretty much everything processed). No legumes. No processed foods. No added sugars. No dairy. No alcohol.
Is it hard? Yes. It's hard. And I'm certainly not saying it's the only way to go. But I CAN tell you that my sleep has been completely and radically changed and improved in the past 30 days. And so has my energy level. I am going to stay on this plan!
If you can't do that, at least take a good supplement. I have found that Source Naturals is excellent. There are other good ones too. But please shoot for quality--even if it's a little pricier. Quality is definitely price driven in the supplement industry. After doing a lot of research, including poring over the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, I have found that Source Naturals is always near the top of the list.
Also, I drink lots of nutritional teas. Herbs like nettle, dandelion leaf, red clover, horsetail, chickweed, and many others are nutritional powerhouses. So I blend my own teas and add good spices for flavor. I'll be posting more of these teas online as I get this blog going. For now, here is how to make my "Happiness Tea" in the following HERE:
4. Get Some Sun!
The sun not only provides some nutritional benefits (like helping your body make Vitamin D), but it helps to reset your circadian rhythm. If you get a bit of sun (at least 20 minutes or so) before 10:00 a.m. or so, you may be better able to fall asleep at a decent hour in the evening. Anyway, it helps me! Even sitting in a sunny window helps.
5. Energize with Essential Oils
There are some amazing essential oils that will keep you alert, motivated, and clear-headed. Try rubbing a couple drops of peppermint on the soles of your feet (it will cool you down too) or rub a drop into your palms and cup over your nose. IMMEDIATE energy! Rosemary, Basil, Cedarwood and others are also great to diffuse or blend into a good carrier oil. I'll have some recipes for my blends in later posts too.
6. Try Not to Stress
I know. This one is SO hard. When you are running a million miles a day, doing this and going there, dealing with deadlines, and keeping your health promises to yourself---It. Is. Just. Plain. Difficult.
The best thing I have tried to do for myself to reduce stress and anxiety, especially as I have aged, are these things:
Get rid of negativity in your life.
That means people, events, anything that makes you feel bad. I know you can't always do this, but the more you can the better you will feel.
I am personally not good at keeping my promise to myself to do this every single day, but when I do, I feel a GREAT deal better. And during times when I am very consistent, great things tend to happen.
I taught special needs children with some extreme behaviors for several years during my career. I always taught them to stop and take some deep breaths when they noticed their bodies tensing up. You do have to be in touch with yourself, but if you feel your shoulders hunching over, tension taking over your body, and shallow breathing, do yourself a favor and stop. Breathe. Try to relax.
Try some yoga too---specifically pranayama (breathing). When you move according to your breath, your body and mind can relax. There is some great information online, but do check out Pranayama.
7. Beat Boredom.
When you are bored, you feel tired. The best thing you can do in my opinion, is just go do something! Turn off the T.V. Go for a walk. Learn something new. There is so much the world has to offer! Find some new interests and get passionate! Having a great hobby helps keep that tired feeling away.
8. Be Nice to Yourself.
Please stop the negative self-talk. It gets into your SOUL and DRAINS you. This one was hard for me, and still is, actually. So---it's a process. Stop beating yourself up, and if you have a bad day, make some mistakes, give yourself a big hug and just. Feel. Better.
These are the 8 best things I have learned to do over the years to just help keep myself going on and on and on! Live your best life, love things you do if you can, and take good care of yourself--especially your mind.
How do you stay energized? I'd love to hear your strategies!
Hugs & Self-Reliance!
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