Do you wake up feeling tired everyday? Do you regularly feel as though you’re coming down with something? We feel your pain and understand exactly how you feel. It’s frustrating to feel out of sorts when you have a list of chores a mile long and no energy to complete them.
If you’re always feeling knackered then the first thing that you should do is consult your doctor. The second thing you should do is to re-evaluate your routine. It could be your day to day life that is actually the cause of your problems.
For instance, if you’re following the same daily routine that you had in your 20’s when you’re now in your 40’s, then you need to realise that the physical and mental needs of your body have changed. As we get older our bodies start needing different things to be able to function properly – different nutrients, more sleep, different forms of self-care and exercise. We can’t go on putting our bodies through the same punishment we gave them when we were teenagers.
In today’s blog, we’re looking at ways to reboot our wellbeing and feel good again. Getting older shouldn’t have to mean feeling so tired that we don’t get all of our chores done or pushing our passion projects to the side. Let’s get our energy back and start feeling vibrant again!
The most important part of improving our routines is to become more aware of our bodies’ needs. Too often we go through our days shovelling caffeine down our throats and putting the needs and requirements of everybody else before our own. We need to start paying attention to our physical and emotional needs as a priority.
Practicing regular self-care is a good start but looking after ourselves as we get older requires a bit more than that. Start by keeping a record of how you feel at different times of the day. Make a note of any regular aches and pains or changes in mood and try and evaluate how your lifestyle may be having an impact on your daily wellbeing.
For example, if you regularly get a lot of headaches then it could be that you’re not drinking enough water or spending too much time in front of the screen or not eating enough during the day. It’s up to you to identify any contributing factors that could be impacting your health. Then it’s down to you to make the changes that you feel would improve your day to day life.
Eat Well and Sleep Well
Good nutrition and sleep are two of our bodies’ basic requirements. Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial for feeling active. It’s important to note the amount of sleep that you need to feel your best and stick to a regular bedtime routine. Make sure that you spend at least an hour before bed winding down, avoiding screen time and preparing your body to rest.
Regarding nutrition, you should aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables per day. This can often feel like an impossibility but small changes to your diet can help you to include more of the essential nutrients. Try cutting down on meat and replacing it with more vibrantly coloured vegetables and pulses.
If you’re finding yourself suffering from indigestion, stomach troubles or weight issues then try changing your eating patterns to see what suits you best. Eating earlier is better for your digestive system and helps you to burn calories more efficiently. Try to eat your largest meals at breakfast and lunch with a small dinner. For weight loss, aim to have your last meal of the day at least 2 – 3 hours before bedtime.
Spend Less Time on Your Bottom
Regular exercise is essential for your body and your mind. Taking exercise first thing in the morning can help you to feel motivated throughout the day. Exercising outside in daylight is also particularly effective for boosting your mood.
Going for a daily walk, jog or outdoor fitness session can help you to increase your alertness and reduce depression. It’s also a good way to help you synchronise your daily routine. Exercise isn’t always something that we look forward to, so make sure that you pick an activity that you actually enjoy doing – this is why going for a nice walk everyday is often a very easy way to include exercise in our daily routines!
We hope that these ideas for changing up your daily routine and listening to your body’s needs will help you to feel more energised. As our bodies change and our lives alter, we must keep track of our emerging physical and mental needs. Life moves forward and so must we.