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13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

If you’re like me, you experience tiredness at three particular points of the day: in the morning, between 1:30pm and 4:30pm, and about two hours before you actually want to go to sleep at night. If you’re not like me, then you have a completely different pattern that I wouldn’t possibly know about. Regardless, the tips I’ve compiled here should help you as well.

1. Drink your water!

    It amazes me how people think they can get away with guzzling down sodas and other sugary drinks all day. You’re body needs water! When you aren’t hydrated, your blood thickens (because it is composed mostly of water after all), which makes your poor little heart work harder, which results in drowsiness. Keep a cup on your desk or re-usable water bottle by your side as all times.

    2. Eat breakfast.

      Before I get any flack for this, I’m not saying you need to go to Denny’s and gulp down a grand slam or two. A power bar will do, or even a tiny bowl of cereal or a single egg. Eating breakfast has been proven to improve how you feel mentally and physically, which is just what you need after waking up all fatigued.

      3. Exercise!

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        There’s nothing like a good run in the morning to kill off every ounce of tiredness in your body. I have no scientific proof, but for me, performing some kind of morning exercise means I’m showered and ready for my day about three hours earlier (on average) than I would be otherwise!

        4. Go to bed you crazy kids!

          Yes, unsurprisingly, getting to bed earlier will make you more energetic the next day. I know it’s tough, but think of it this way. Would you rather have those four hours you spend from 10PM to 2AM, or an entire day’s worth of feeling awake, with the only catch being that you’d have to go to bed around 10:30PM? Seems like an obvious choice to me…

          5. Fast music will pump you up.

            If you haven’t heard of the song Through the Fire and the Flames, you might want to look it up, because it’s perfect for this. Rapid, upbeat music won’t help as much as a nap (probably), but it might just make you a bit more alert than you were before…

            6. Chill out, bro.

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              Being cold keeps you awake. It’s why your dad always turned the AC up to max in the car when driving you and your family late at night. So if you’re nodding off, start peeling away layers of clothing until you stop feeling tired (maybe you can play I’m Too Sexy while you do so).

              7. Eat every 3-4 hours.

                This isn’t possible for many of us, but eating small meals evenly scattered throughout the day will keep your energy a bit more level than it would be if you only eat two huge portions every 24 hours.

                8. Don’t drink too much caffeine.

                  Wait what? Being a coffee lover, this was a tough one for me to take. Basically, you’ll want to watch your caffeine intake after noon. Apparently, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, drinking it after that time can lead to your sleep quality taking a nosedive.

                  9. Social interaction is your friend.

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                    The catch is that this social interaction must be with a complete stranger. We couldn’t care less about being alert and conscious for our family or best friends, but an acquaintance? We’ll snap right out of our fatigue for them!

                    10. Lifesavers can be a life saver.

                      Yes, mints can keep you awake! You’ll probably need something stronger than a Lifesaver, like, maybe an Altoid, but that wasn’t nearly punny enough.

                      11. Massage the area between your palm and wrist.

                        Ok, I just learned about this one, and believe it or not it actually works. Doesn’t feel too terrible either! It’s calming, but only the point that you become energized and not narcoleptic.

                        12. Take a nap.

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                          This one is pretty obvious. Apologies. Nap for around 20 minutes and you’ll be supercharged for the next few hours.

                          13. Go outside. No, not outside your room. Like, really outside! Where the sun is!

                            Just feeling the rays emanating from that blazing ball of heat on our bare skin can jolt us awake. It has something to do with vitamin D, probably. Or maybe it’s the fact that you’re getting fresh air for the first time in weeks.

                            That’s all folks. I’m sure you have a few fatigue fighting tricks up your sleeve as well, and if so, share below!

                            Featured photo credit: Weakness: 6 of 8/ Marco Sanchez via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on September 17, 2020

                            5 Practical Ways to Get Over a Mental Block

                            5 Practical Ways to Get Over a Mental Block

                            There’s nothing quite like a state of “flow” when you’re working. The rare moments when your inspiration aligns with your motivation likely lead to some of your most creative work. Plus, it feels great to actually check a task or project off the list so you can move on to the next thing. Meanwhile, a mental block — its opposite — can cause work to feel laborious and uninspired. Forget creativity when you have a mental block — it makes it difficult even to start working on what you need to do.

                            A mental block can manifest in several ways. Perhaps your imposter syndrome is squelching your creative ideas, for instance, or you’re overwhelmed by the breadth of a project and its impending deadline. Maybe you’re just tired or stressed.

                            Either way, having a mental block feels like being trapped in your own head, and it can seriously dampen your ability to think outside the box. The problem is, you’re so locked into your own perspective that you don’t see more innovative approaches to your problems.[1]

                            Luckily, jumping over these mental hurdles is simpler than you think. You just need the right strategies to get your flow back.

                            Try these five practical ways to overcome a mental block.

                            1. Break Your Project Down

                            A few years ago, I was working on changing a company product that I believed would hugely benefit our customers. Sounds great, right?

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                            As inspired as I was to make people’s lives easier, though, the sheer magnitude of the task at hand felt overwhelming. Every morning, I cracked open my laptop to work and felt totally paralyzed. I loved the idea, yes, but actualizing it felt risky. What if it didn’t turn out the way I pictured in my mind? More importantly, where would I even begin?

                            A former colleague gave me great advice over coffee:

                            Change how you think. Start by breaking the big project down into small tasks.

                            When a major project overwhelms you, you only see the entire forest instead of the individual trees. And as you stare it down, you start to feel discouraged by your own lack of progress, thus slowing you down further.

                            Breaking down a massive task into smaller chunks makes the work feel more manageable. You’ll have multiple clear places to start and end with, which will lend a motivating sense of productivity and mastery to your process. Learn more about it here: The Motivation Flowchart: The Mental Process of Successful People

                            Think of it as accumulating small wins. When you realize you’re more capable than you have once thought, you’ll develop the momentum and confidence needed to get your big job done little by little.[2]

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                            2. Change Up Your Scenery

                            Of course, there’s a time and place for sitting down to get things done. But if you’re experiencing a mental block, switching up your surroundings can make a big difference in your output.

                            Have you ever noticed how your environment directly impacts your performance and mood?

                            Your brain associates your physical surroundings with certain feelings and activities. So, if you feel mentally stuck, your mind may need some new sensory stimuli.

                            During this time in your life, it may not be possible to set up shop at a cafe or move from your cubicle to a conference room, so you may need to think outside the box. If you’re working remotely in a home office, try going to your dining table or couch. If the weather cooperates, sit outside for a bit with your computer or take a walk around the block.

                            You can also simply rearrange your workspace. Not sure where to begin? Try decluttering. Some studies show that an organized desk enhances productivity.[3]

                            The point is to stimulate your brain with new sounds and sights. You may find a much-needed dose of inspiration when you work while breathing in the fresh air, listening to city sounds, or staying in the comfort of your own living space.

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                            3. Do an Unrelated Activity

                            When it comes to productivity, a bit of distraction isn’t always a bad thing. That’s especially true if your chosen distraction helps you get things done in the long run.

                            Have you realized how your most creative thoughts tend to bubble up when you’re, say, lying in bed or taking a shower? In their research of the “incubation period,” scientists have discovered that people’s best ideas seem to surface when they aren’t actively trying to solve a problem.[4]

                            In a 2010 study, participants needed to look for a roommate or new employee based on the profiles that the researchers gave. The people who had a brief “incubation period” — in this case, working on an anagram — consistently made better choices than those who spent more time weighing their options.

                            If you can’t seem to prime your brain for a project, try doing something completely unrelated to work, such as washing your dishes, working out, or calling a friend. Some experts say finding another low-stake project to work on can help jump-start the creative part of your brain and activate your flow.[5]

                            The key is to allow your unconscious mind to do its best work: eliciting the new knowledge your conscious mind may be ignoring or suppressing.[6]

                            4. Be Physical

                            Feeling antsy? When your mind won’t seem to settle into a state of flow, it may help to swap out your mental activity for a physical one and see how it impacts your perspective.

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                            While any physical activity is beneficial for your body — and getting up to move can serve as a helpful form of distraction — certain forms of exercise can more directly impact the mind. To be specific, relaxing, flow-based exercises like dance, yoga, or tai chi can create a gentle sense of momentum in your body, which can prime your brain for the same state.

                            Stress-reducing activities may also be necessary. Meditating or taking slow, deep breaths will also calm your nervous system if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Evidence shows that the logical, creative part of your brain essentially shuts off when you’re stressed.[7]

                            On the flip side, when your mind and body are relaxed, you can think more clearly, be more creative, and focus for longer periods — all of which will help you overcome a mental block.

                            5. Don’t Force It

                            It can be frustrating to fight against your own mind. If your mental block won’t go away after some effort, it may be time to take a break. Forcing creative thoughts only adds to your stress levels, which in turn inhibits your ability to think creatively. And if you sit and stare at a project for too long, you’ll not only waste valuable time but also begin to associate this specific work with frustration and produce work you’re not proud of.

                            “I know that forcing something is not going to create anything beyond mediocre, so I step aside and work on a different project until it hits me,” the artist Ben Skinner said about his creative process.[8]

                            If your work isn’t time-sensitive, then it may make sense to step away for a while to focus on something else, be it an administrative task that requires less creativity or a project that you feel motivated to work on.

                            When the time is right, you’ll find your way back to the original task with a fresh, creative perspective (hopefully).

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