…. I’m so…. TIRED. For anyone around my age who did not grow up like Nell in the woods, you remember Jessie Spano’s famous meltdown on Saved by the Bell when she was hitting the caffeine pills too hard. She was stressing out over getting into Stanford, and I think being part of a girl group with her two friends. These days, I relate more to a perhaps slightly lesser known TV scene: when Lynette on Season 1 of Desperate Housewives finally breaks down after taking her kids’ ADD medication and falls to the ground of a playground or soccer field or something like that.
Ok, I’m not taking any kind of drugs, but the lack of sleep is really getting to me and I relate to both Jessie and Lynette. For the record, I’ve been to the doctor, had blood work done, and there’s nothing actually wrong with me short of the effects of inconsistent and interrupted sleep. I don’t want to downplay the importance of good sleep, but my snoozing situation isn’t likely to change anytime soon and falling asleep at work is frowned upon. So I went looking for some easy things I could do for a little more energy that don’t involve caffeine pills or ADD meds. Here’s what I found:
An alternative to coffee (duh), that makes me feel oh so British, yet oh so Yogic at the same time. In addition to the caffeine burst, drinking tea might also relieve some stress. Cheerio and om.
I know. Milk chocolate is just so.much.better. But the boost of energy you get with dark chocolate elevates this decadence into legit health food.
Take a Break
I really lose sight of this one. I get the standard 15 minute break in the morning and afternoon, and a half hour lunch. But I usually end up sitting at my desk scrolling through my phone during those times. According to webmd.com, even a 15 minute walk a day is enough to give you more energy.
I’m fairly confident that in addition to being sleep-deprived, I am also just plain dehydrated. I tend to avoid drinking water because there are only so many times I can go to the bathroom a day, but I think I need to find a balance between drinking 8 glasses a day and drinking none.
Eating healthier is the obvious answer, but I just can’t do it. What I can do is turn good food into a shake and slug it down. Try bananas, blueberries, kale, plain greek yogurt, protein powder and ice for a refreshing and energizing drink.