Not getting enough sleep isn’t the only reason that you might be tired all the time. There are a lot of habits that are contributing to your exhaustion. Being overly tired can make everyday things become seriously difficult and you don’t have time for that. Work through this list and make a plan to start addressing these nasty habits now.
- Working in a messy space. I’m completely guilty of this. I tell my husband that I’m super creative and this is part of my creative process. However as soon as I get overwhelmed or can’t find something important (oops), cleaning up always helps. Researchers at Princeton asked volunteers to focus on one object and then moved another object into their view. When object number two appeared, the investigators noticed a fuzzy version of that item pop up in the participants’ brain scans. Their conclusion: The more clutter in your living or working space, the more difficult it is for your brain to concentrate, causing it to get tired over time. So even if you are super creative (read: messy) like me, schedule in time to organize your space.
- Toxic relationships. Take inventory of the people in your life right now. Are there people who absolutely exhaust you to deal with. You should really consider cutting these energy vampires out of your life. If you can’t completely cut them off, cut down the time that you have to spend with them.
- Not exercising. I totally understand that you are ridiculously busy and that everyday life can complete wear on you but you have to take time to workout. If you don’t take proper care of yourself, you aren’t any good for anyone. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary adults who began exercising lightly three days a week (for as little as 20 minutes at a time) reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks. Pick an activity that you love and put it on your calendar.
- Being a perfectionist. This is another area where I’m completely guilty. Working until things are perfect can make you work much harder or longer than necessary. I try to set time limits to complete things then walk away when the time is up. Sometimes just stepping away from the project can really help my energy levels.
- Saying yes too much. You simply can’t be everything for everyone. You don’t have the time or energy to say yes to everything that everyone asks you to do. Just tell them “I’m sorry I can’t” and move on. It might take a while to get over the guilt of not pleasing everyone but it is definitely better for you in the long run.