Each one deserves to feel a balanced and energetic life. Each of us naturally experience periods of intense daily activities which could lead to stress and fatigue. The issue happens when more energy and concentration is demanded for more than we could give.
This also happens when we try to sleep and we cannot. Below are some tips on how you could handle the balance and manage day-to-day activities the healthy way:
1) Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. It is tough to be up during the weeknights and would rise up on a Monday morning refreshed. If would need to hang-out, manage to have it during Friday and Saturday nights, so that you could have stick to your sleeping routine on a Sunday night. This will help your focus and mental acuity sharp when you start your week ahead.
2) Minimize sugar and caffeine intake. Try to eat some protein and meals with a bit of fat during the morning. The brain requires protein and the body don’t store it. You don’t need to eat a lot though. A glass of low-fat milk, a bit of cheese, as well as a handful of nuts will just be sufficient to get you going rather than pure carbohydrates as being a plain bagel.
3) Have a 5-10 minutes power nap around noon or whenever you could. Even if you could just close your eyes and allow your mind drift you will be refreshed for the afternoon and for the rest of the day. This can also be effective whenever you feel that you are losing concentration, usually if you are looking through the same material tediously over and over. It is best advised to put down that material for now and completely relax for just a few moments.
4) Drink sufficient water and essential liquids. I know, everyone says this and it is becoming like a common advice. But to be honest, most Canadians are usually in a constant state of dehydration from replenishing on coffee, sodas and tea with caffeine. This is definitely stressful to the kidneys and may lead to irritation to the bladder. Always keep a water bottle filled with your chosen flavored water or simply plain water and have it with you every time. It would also help, if you set a goal to empty your bottle by lunch, refill it, and empty again as soon as your work is over. Bring plenty of water inside the car too for you and your loved ones.
5) Exercise on a regular basis. This is easier said than done, especially for busy people. A poor body condition will make you exhausted and short-of-breath. You could sometimes feel that your heart is always on race even when just doing small activities like climbing few steps on the stairs or just doing small household chores. Park farther away when you shop, use your exercise machine (if you have) or get an exercise tape to work out whenever you could. Set a good example to the rest of your household and perhaps they could join in too.
6) A laugh a day will keep the doctor away. Seriously, laughter has several health benefits on the human body. The heart and brain are awakened and enlivened each time we experience pleasure, happiness and peace. A good, hearty laugh could definitely help on this. Find a funny movie or watch a light-hearted comedy on the television. Nothing serious, just be entertained.
7) Take regular, daily supplements of good quality. It is still best to consume fruits, vegetables and lots of fiber. A good healthy habit is gained by preventing nutritional deficiencies and gaining a balanced diet to gain an optimal performance for your body.