Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Because I'm Always Tired...

Hey loveys,

Do you lack energy?

Could you nap at any point through out the day and sleep perfectly through the night?

Do you wake up feeling like you could sleep for another 3 hours?

Me too. I don't know why this happens but it's pretty annoying. I hate not having energy. I like doing things... however when I do things, it must always include a coffee or Red Bull. I know, I know... Red Bull is bad... but I kid you not when I tell you that caffienated beverages get me through the day. No matter what day it is.. week day... weekend... it doesn't matter. Thank god for iced coffee during the summer months.

I was thinking that I should probably do another research and education related blog post soon because I've been kind of slacking in terms of actually providing you all with useful information, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. What brought this on? The fact that I want to go for a walk... but being in my bed just feels SO GOOD. In my night gown... hair pulled out of my braid and plopped on top of my head... pillows and a duvet all around me... are you understanding how I'm feeling? :) I could put on Dr. Phil and literally fall asleep to the sound of his southern accent. Haha... I might be getting a little carried away.

The point is as a young, healthy 24 year old woman, I should have more damn energy than this!!! Perhaps it's because I haven't exercised in a while in attempts to heal my shin splints. I did notice that when I ran in the morning I had more energy through my whole day. Anyways, regardless... I googled (is this officially a word now?) natural ways to boost energy levels and came across an awesome article with FIFTY.. yes, 5-0 ways to boost energy naturally. I'm not going to copy and paste all 50 into this blog post, but I'll provide a link to the full article after I share my fav 10 :).

1. Pull down on your earlobes. What? Apparently this helps you stay awake and alert when you're feeling drowsy. I will have to try this...

2. Roll up and down on your toes. This stimulates the circulatory system which helps deliver much needed oxygen and glucose throughout the body.

3. Crank up the AC. Warm, stuffy environments accelerate mental fatigue. If you need to stay awake and energized in a lecture hall or meeting room, find an open seat under an AC vent.

4. Exercise regularly in the morning. I'M DOING THIS!! Even 30 minutes of exercise can make you feel energized for hours after. Exercise in the morning gets the endorphines flowing which keeps you happy and productive most of the day.

5. Eat at least 3 meals per day. Give yourself lasting energy by eating on a regular schedule.

6. Avoid late night television or aimless web browsing. Get a little more sleep instead.

7. Cut down on coffee and energy drinks (uhmm.. what?). Although coffee can give you a rush of energy, in the end it causes more fatigue. It doesn't have to be eliminated but you probably shouldn't drink more than 1 cup per day. OMG I'm totally drinking way more than that.

8. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can reduce blood volume which can lead ot feelings of fatigue. Drinking plenty of water will increase your need to go to the restroom which is a feeling that also helps you stay awake! :)

9. Watch your attitude. If you let the bad things that happen during the day get you down, you're bound to start feeling worn out. Watch your attitude and make sure you're not letting yourself be overly negative. A generally upbeat and optimistic outlook on life will keep your energy level up. Yes, the worst thing that can happen might actually happen, but giving it too much worry will only drain you. Look for the positive in every situation and you won't be so tired.

10. Avoid energy vampires. Lol. Energy Vampires always have something to complain about, or a problem that needs to be fixed, and they'll drain your energy by making you listen to them about their problems or by giving them attention.

For the whole list of all 50 energy boosting tips, you can click here! They have some really neat tips and tricks. I definitely wouldn't have thought of half of them but I will definitely be trying some of them out!! I think I could think up maybe 4 tips on my own...

1. Nap often.
2. Drink coffee.
3. Sleep 10 hours per night.
4. Go take a vacation.

Seems logical right? :).

Speaking of vacation..... I really want to go south this fall. I'm thinking I want to go the week after my birthday (which is Halloween - feel free to send gifts :P). Some place warm, where I can lay on a beach chair in my bikini and just bask in the sun. I also want to learn how to surf and swim with dolphins and play beach volleyball and run along the water and go dancing and drink from a coconut (I've done this here in Toronto but it seems much cooler doing it at an exotic destination) and basically anything you can do, I want to do. Turks and Caicos seems like a good option. No? Have you ever been? What did you think? It says it's good for people who like water sports, which means I could probably learn to surf somewhere (that's at the top of my to-do list) and play beach volleyball. :)

Random fact for you - I've never been somewhere warm. The only "trips" I've been on is when C and I went to Manhattan a couple of years ago.....


.... and when I was 16, my boyfriend at the time and his family and I drove from our little town in Ontario all the way to Edmonton Alberta... 4 days... 44 hours... not really what I'd call a "vacation" but it was far, and that counts kind of in my books.

Q: What's your "go-to" tip for keeping your energy high during the day?
Q: Best vacation you've ever been on?

26 comments:

  1. I hear ya, I'm tired a lot myself. I'm not sure if my issues are due to not sleeping enough or my thyroid. But, it stinks. I recently gave up energy drinks so now I only drink coffee or tea. I'm still just as tired though at times.

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    1. Aww really?? I'm sorry to hear that girl. I hope it's something that can be fixed easily if it is your thyroid!! xo

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  2. I'm tired most of the time, too. Every now and then I have days where I'm super energized and ready to take on the world with no caffeinated assistance what-so-ever, but those days are becoming pretty rare since it's summer break. When I have a packed schedule energy seems to come out of nowhere!

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    1. Haha I'm totally the same! I find days like that are getting more and more rare however!

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  3. I run into the tired days too. A lot. I try to start each day with a little exercise - overall that seems to give me some lasting energy. I eat a citrusy fruit (orange, pineapple, even an apple works) - the bright flavor and sugar perks me up well. Sometimes, if I can, taking a shower will help wake me up. I have taken many a 2 PM shower while studying for finals!

    Best vacation ever - my recent trip to France. It was my first and only time in Europe, and I can't wait to go back!

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    1. I wish my silly shin splints would go away so I could start running in the mornings again!! It really did pump me up for my day and got me on a great start to my days! I'm so jealy you went to Europe!! I'm DYING to go!! I think I could really enjoy myself there :)

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  4. I used to be tired all the time too! And I always had to have a nanna nap in the afternoon, my boyfriend called me the sleepiest person he knows. Since I cut down on coffee though, I've been much more energized so maybe there's truth to that after all!

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    1. Really?? Hmm... maybe this is what I'm missing. I should cut down on coffee... more than 1 person here has said it's helped them!!

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  5. I am a morning person and a night person. It's the hours from 2-5 that do me in. I do take a power nap maybe twice a week, and that seems to do the trick. I don't drink coffee (or regular caffeine) and fortunately, I seem to be doing ok.

    I have two amazing vacations. The first was our honeymoon. We did two weeks, traveling to Maui, San Francisco and Napa Valley. I would love to recreate that trip. A year after that, we did a 10 day tour through Rome, Venice and Paris. Again, absolutely amazing. Now I want to plan another awesome vacation.

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    1. I'm jealous that you're both a morning and a night person. I'm pretty much neither ... I could sleep whenever!! I'd love to visit Napa Valley! A little vino perhaps? :)

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  6. I feel like we're going through such similar situations right now! I am working out on a regular basis, but I'm tired every single day. It's been going on for awhile now. I sleep well every night, eat super healthy, run/ go to the gym in the morning and still, getting through the day is difficult. I feel like I need a nap and when I wake up I always feel like I need a few more hours of sleep. I just started taking a vitamin D supplement to see if that helps, and I'm also adding back in some carbs. I can trace back this super low energy to when I cut out all grains and dairy. I can't add back in dairy due to a sensitivity, however, I can add in sweet potatoes and some corn (and corn tortillas for tacos!) to get a little more grain and carbs. I'm hoping it's something as simple as needing more carbs in my diet! I'll keep making sure everything is gluten free though!

    And can I go on vacation with you?? I desperately need a vacation somewhere warm! And my birthday is at the end of November so it would be perfect! Haha!! ;)

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    1. I use Vitamin D to help me sleep at night! It helps relax your nervous system, much like how you feel after basking in the sun for hours (some people say it's a vitamin D overload!). I want tacos now that you said that. Mmmm... and YES YOU CAN! Haha! I'd love a vacation buddy! :)

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  7. Exercising in the morning works SOOOOOOOOO WELL! SOOOO WELL! I want to punch myself in the face in the AM but then I work out and BOOM, I am the LIFE OF THE DAY! ha ha ah!

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    1. LOL you kill me. I long for half of your energy!!

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  8. Hands down best vaca was Turks and Caicos! You should definitely go there, it's paradise!!

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    1. Hahaha... I've heard that from more than one person. Definitely going to consider it!!

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  9. Oh my goodness, these tips are something that I will HAVE to try. I've got no energy a lot of the times. I'll have to let you know how they work out, although I'm very curious about the earlobe tip!

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    1. Let me know if it works for you!!!

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  10. Have you had your iron levels looked at? I was the same and it turned out I was seriously low in iron levels. The main symptom is tiredness and women are more likely to get this due to their 'time of the month'

    Its worth checking out or at least taking a supplement. Your tips are really good btw but a 24 year shouldn't be tired all the time and its worth checking out if there is a underline medical reason.

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    1. I used to take iron supplements when I was a vegetarian.. but I figured I didn't need to now that I eat meat again.. maybe I should have it tested just in case - thanks for the tip!!!

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  11. Before I go to bed I write down three things from the day that I am grateful for, sometimes it's EXTREMELY hard to find three hehe, but no matter how annoyed I am I will eventually come up with some good things too :)

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    1. That's awesome and definitely something I should do!!!! xo

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  12. you know, it's funny... I used to be such a coffee addict. I usually had two cups in the am and then one in the afternoon atleast. every. single. day. I always seemed to lack energy. all the sudden one day I quit the coffee cold turkey (I really don't know why. it wasn't much of a conscious choice. it just happened) and it's amazing how much more energy I had all the sudden!

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    1. Haha you quit cold turkey!? I'm scared to do that.... !!!!

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    2. yep! for some reason it really didn't phase me at all! I don't know why!? there were a few days afterward that id get a bit of a headache, but I just drank some tea and pushed through. it ended quickly!

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  13. I love tips 9 and 10! Definitely need to remember to stay positive and surround yourself with positive energy. And working out is definitely my go-to energy booster! I think my best vaca was to Venice and Florence a few years back, but I'm looking forward to a cruise to Bermuda in September!

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