Do you ever get to the end of the day and feel totally exhausted? Sometimes I can’t tell whether I’m genuinely tired or just lazy. I’ve just taken the week off work and `i know that, when it comes to starting up again, I’ll be completely knackered. Thank god for the long weekend!
Because I start work super early, I really have to work on staying motivated and keeping up my energy levels – because when it’s time to finish, all I really want to do is lay in bed and sleep. And it’s the same for all of us. We just fall into habits and end us lulling around for hours on end, without even thinking about all the time we’re letting pass us by.
So in today’s post, I wanted to share some of the things I do every day to stop myself getting over-worked mentally and help me maintain my energy, commitment and motivation throughout the day. Because who doesn’t want to make the most of life?!
Take a screen break
I’m as much of a screen addict as the next person, and obviously it plays a major part in my life. But after staring at the computer for 8 hours straight, I need some time away – from my laptop, phone, TV… everything!
Isn’t it crazy that the idea of not being plugged into something for a matter of minutes is so shocking to us? Even if I leave my phone in the other room I feel nervous, like I’m missing out on something. It doesn’t help that I’m also the nosiest person around. But it’s so important that we learn to be happy with our own company and switch off from the buzz of social media.
So after I finish work, I like to take at least 30 minutes to detox my mind from the digital world and focus myself properly. Not only is it calming and kind of cathartic, but it’s also a great way of curing that nagging headache that I find starts up when theres 1 hour to go – you know the one…
I also, generally, don’t have my phone with me while I’m working – not because it’s a distraction, but because I just don’t need it, and I don’t want the temptation. I think it’s so important we don’t just distract ourselves with more screens!
Distract yourself with something different
I’ve said before that I’m a strong advocate for practicing positive mental health and learning to be mindful, and I do love to spend a couple of minutes getting out of my own head. But I also like to use my time wisely, and I find doing a little something for myself goes a long way.
I know a lot of people will catch up with the news or gossip between work, but that’s my job and, after a full day of it, I have to say it does nothing for me. So instead, I love to wind down with a book or magazine – something that distracts me from everything that’s going on, but keeps my mind active in the background.
We definitely don’t give ourselves enough time to do things for ourselves, and I think whether it’s at the end of the day or just during a 15 minute break, doing something that fulfils you and satisfies you on a deeper level will help you stay driven and focussed.
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This is a big one for me and something that always helps me refocus quickly. I don’t know whether it’s the light, the breeze or just the fresh air, but getting out of the same 4 walls and actually being outdoors does wonders for our mental health – and it’s something we should appreciate a whole lot more.
I think there’s a different mindset that kicks in when you’re outside. Instead of focussing on all the things you should be doing – all the reminders around you – you’re more in the present, which is a great way to wind down and give yourself a quick reset.
Obviously, walking up and down the street isn’t going to do much good, but a walk in the park, or even just an open space, can do wonders in giving you a different perspective. It’s so refreshing and literally my go-to when I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed.
Nourish your body right
I’m really not a fan of eating three big meals at set points during the day – because I find that, in the time between, my energy dwindles and I just become a bit useless (well, more so than normal…).
Instead of doing that, I like to eat smaller meals and more of them, consistently throughout the day. I’ve said before that I hate the word “diet”, and instead I approach choosing what I eat based on what my body needs. First I get in all the nutrients – because supplements are just a bit useless – and then I add in the things I actually want.
What it boils down to is: if you eat well and consistently throughout the day, you’ll maintain your energy levels better and find yourself being more productive. It also means you’re less likely to snack, and won’t feel so groggy when you clock off. Because, let’s be honest, we all know that feeling all too well!
Anyway, I’d rather save my calories for a post-work wine… which I’m enjoying right now, thank you very much. Cheers to the weekend!