Sometimes, if feels as if life is getting the best of you. You’re burnt out, exhausted, delirious from lack of sleep; we’ve all been there. But don’t let it get you down! Here are some little tips for staying motivated when you’re beyond tired:
1. Turn your bedroom into a cave
Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and cold. It’s easier for your body to get a proper sleep in these conditions. Set your bedroom to somewhere around 65ºF (18.5ºC) overnight.
2. Cut back on the caffeine
Caffeine only gives you a temporary boost and then the crash comes, and the crash is worse than the boost. If you slowly cut back on caffeine, you won’t feel the negative withdrawals as much. Your body will have to stop relying on synthetic energy and wake itself up.
3. Learn about your Biological Prime Time
Google Biological Prime Time! It’s an easy chart that you can fill out over one week, divided into focus, motivation, and energy data. After analyzing your chart, you’ll be able to understand what periods of the day are naturally more productive for you.
4. Download f.lux
f.lux is a laptop app that adjusts the brightness of your screen in time with the sunrise and sunset. The app red-shifts your computer’s screen colors after the sun sets in your location, which lets your body release more melatonin, making you sleep better.
5. When you sit down to work, tell yourself three outcomes you want to accomplish by the end of the day
Limiting yourself to three major outcomes gives you priorities to work with and makes the work day seem a lot less daunting.
6. Create a “mindless list”
Gather together all of your ‘mindless’ chores like laundry and cleaning and do them all at once, while listening to an audiobook or a television programme.
Tyrosine is an amino acid supplement that is used to make the chemical dopamine that’s found in your brain. Small supplements of tyrosine have been found to boost physical and mental performance. Make sure to speak with the clerk at your local health food shop.
8. Take a nap
10-15 minutes – that’s all! I know when you’re exhausted, forcing yourself to wake up after only 15 minutes is tough, but your body will function so much better with the 15 minutes of rest you gave it. That’s really what you need to just keep plugging.
Being tired isn’t the end of the world. You got this, girlfriend. Go out there and own it!
Written by Britany Powell