Are you a morning or an evening person?
In the old days we used to talk about larks and owls; those who can be full of the joys of spring first thing, or who come to life at night.
Of course life’s not that straightforward anymore and you may well have found at times, especially in the last 18 months, that your energy has withered a little. It’s understandable if it takes a while to get going in the morning, or you find mid-afternoon that you could do with a kip. Something COVID has done very well is disrupt all our routines.
So how do we claw back the mojo we need and put a bit of sparkle in our step? Here’s something that might help:
This week, maybe set the intention to Harness the Energy. You could start with keeping a diary throughout the week to see if you notice patterns as to when you have more energy than others. By knowing when you have a bit more oomph you can plan your days accordingly.
You might find you have an afternoon slump for example after lunch, especially if you have something heavy (or bready) to eat. You might also find, although “energy” drinks (if you use them) might give you a temporary lift, they bring on a crash which is hard to shake off (so you end up having another – the very meaning of a vicious cycle).
If you buzz back into life at the “wrong” time (eg just before bed) you could try a relaxing mindfulness activity. Sleep is key to recharging your batteries (the video below offers some tips) so have early nights when you can if they help. Don’t feel guilty about an afternoon snooze (this article about how to get more energy explains). If you need a kip, and you reasonably can, and it won’t affect your evening zzz’s, then dive right in.
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