Over the past few weeks, my schedule has gotten much busier than normal. I have a full time job that has a very busy season – which we are currently in the thick of – and I also do a lot of writing on the side.
I was a little bit worried about how exhausted I would feel once things started to pick up, as I knew I’d have to work long days and then come home and work on my writing at night. There is nothing worse than being overtired and cranky…especially for those around me who have to deal with the grouchiness.
However, I’m happy to say that I’ve had a TON of energy so far during this very busy time. Even more energy than usual, actually. I have made a few lifestyle changes that I think are greatly contributing to that level increase, though. I wanted to share them below, because who couldn’t use some extra oomph in their days, right?!
Simple Ways to Have More Energy
Ample hydration – I have been trying to drink 100+ ounces of water a day (I definitely struggle with it on the weekends, though). I’m not going to lie..it’s kind of a chore. I feel like I’m constantly getting up to go to the bathroom and refill my water bottle (I use a big 20 ounce plus one). While this is definitely annoying, especially when I am slammed with work all day long, it is a good way to get me away from my desk – even if it’s only for a couple minutes. Sometimes walking a lap around the office and taking a break from staring at my computer can do a world of good! And, drinking so much water makes me feel all-around great. It makes me more energetic, makes my skin clearer, decreases my appetite, and helps me lose weight. It’s a TOTAL win-win situation, and I am really trying to make this into a long-term habit (I tend to go through phases of drinking a lot of water then drinking wayyyyy too little). I also have given up Diet Coke…which is a struggle, but I think it’s worth it.
Eating healthy – I have been making a huge effort to eat healthy, especially during the week. It’s been kind of difficult, as there are always so many sweets in my office, and we order dinner in every night since we work late, and there are always tempting options (usually involving french fries!). But…I feel so much better about myself and so much more energized when I stay away from super carby, fattening, greasy meals. I’ve been ordering wraps and salads, and have been making a conscious effort to only eat until I’m full. I typically end up eating about half of my meal and then eating the leftovers for lunch the next day, which has been great. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and proteins certainly has helped me stay alert and productive throughout the entirety of the day. No food comas here! Can’t say that I am not having a few weekly treats though – girl’s gotta have her chocolate!
Taking breaks – I need breaks throughout the day in order to stay focused. It’s just impossible to keep going, going, going without having a little time to decompress. I try to walk around outside during lunch every day, or even go sit at Starbucks or run an errand to Walgreens just to have a change of scenery. I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.
Make time for yourself – even though my schedule is nuts right now, I am still prioritizing making time for myself and what makes me happy. If I don’t, I’ll feel like I’m not getting joy out of my days, and then I will go crazy! Whether that “me” time is writing blog posts, reading on my Kindle, listening to a podcast, playing with Snapchat filters, painting my nails, watching Bravo, or some combination of all of those things, I am making time for it. Even if it’s only 15-20 minutes a day, I look forward to it and thoroughly enjoy my “me” time when it rolls around.
Regardless of how busy my schedule is, it’s important to me to stay energized and productive each and every day. This is what’s been working for me, and I’m always looking for new ways to be healthy and alert all day long.