By: Tinsley Tullos
Do you ever feel as though if you sit down for more than ten minutes, you will soon doze off? Are you perplexed as to why you are constantly experiencing fatigue? After having these mutual feelings, I came upon some research that will not only help me, but will also help all of you with the same problem.
Believe it or not, our food intake plays a huge role in our daily functions. Eating breakfast has been proven to prepare students both mentally and physically in the mornings, whether a student might have eaten eggs or cereal. Eating every three to four hours can ensure stable blood sugar and energy levels. One must be sure to eat smaller meals and healthier snacks due to the amount of energy it takes to digest larger meals. Each meal should include a healthy mix of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for meal satisfaction and the reduction of searching for other sweet choices later. This mix will create needed and sustainable energy perfect for those on the run.
While water makes up most of the bloodstream, if not enough is taken in, blood can thicken and therefore cause one’s heart to pump harder to carry the blood to cells and other organs, also causing fatigue. Doctors recommend regulating one’s urine and hydration patterns by going every two to four hours. Besides drinking water, one can consume foods that contain water such as, broccoli, yogurt, carrots and juicy fruits like watermelons, oranges, and grapefruits. Be alert of caffeine intake after noon as it will severely affect one’s sleeping habits.
We are all aware of mental strain taking a toll on tiredness, but if one reacts wisely, the brain and body will soon recover. Splash some water on your face if you are feeling burned-out, talk about your feelings with others, turn up the tunes and most importantly, let go of grudges. While nursing a grudge may seem silly, it can treat your body as if you are under chronic stress increasing your heart rate and blood sugar levels which overtime leads to exhaustion.
Feeling groggy? Put on a power suit, not your pajamas. Wearing nicer and sometimes more uncomfortable clothing can enhance performance. Most often we resort to chest breathing, but did you know that it actually brings less air to the lungs and creates less energizing oxygen leaving you physically and mentally drained? Instead, try belly breaths; the stomach should inflate to a large rounded shape for every exhale. Clutter can often overwhelm and leave one feeling out of control, so chose to de-clutter an area in your life. Accomplishing a goal can also boost one’s morale.
Do you ever watch television or surf the web if you cannot fall asleep instantaneously? Scientists have reported that the amount of light permitted by these objects suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that tells the brain when it is nighttime. If one must use a piece of light-permitting technology, try to turn it off an hour or two before bed. Getting enough exercise can help one fall asleep faster, spend a longer amount of time in deep sleep and wake up less throughout the night.
Eat a balanced diet, accomplish a goal and ditch the technology for a recovery program of the body. Slow it down for a while and get accustomed to your main priorities in life. Take things lightly and resort to activities that can ease one’s mind, such as reading a favorite book, writing down your worries, and meditating on happy thoughts. Get a night’s sleep that means something and wake up ready to face the challenges of that day.