I know that I cannot be the only one that feels perpetually tired. And I’m not just talking about physical exhaustion. I mean, I wouldn’t complain about a daily nap time, but I’m gonna try not to get greedy here. Britney lost her marbles in 2007 so that’s got to mean that she was a little tired too. Let’s just never let ourselves get to the level of stressed and tired of 2007 Britney… deal?
Have you ever just felt like you can’t get rested? I feel that way sometimes and like every portion of my life is tired. Sometimes I even feel like I get to a place where my clothes are tired. They just look tired on my body. There’s really only one thing that you can do whenever you get to that point. You’ve got to go Grey’s Anatomy on yourself and “Charge to 200.”
In all seriousness, tired is not a fun place to be. And typically tired is accompanied by it’s best friends; stressed out and sad. If you aren’t realistic with yourself it is difficult to even come out of the “tired” place. You have to get in tune with your body enough to know that something is not right. That’s where Meredith Grey comes in, you’ve got to shock yourself back to life.
There’s a lot of different ways to get yourself back to a less sleepy version of you. The first one is pretty self explanatory. Assess your sleeping situation. Maybe you aren’t actually as burnt out as you feel, you literally just need to sleep more. Sleep HAS to be a priority. I know that is typically the first thing that people put off in a time of busy-ness, but you have to prioritize that and take care of yourself. Now – we’ve starting sleeping more and it’s still not getting any better? What do we do?
Coffee is not the perfect answer. I read an article on Instagram two years ago that talked about the benefits of water and how it can actually act as natural caffeine (I’m basically a nutritionist now lol). Your body cannot function on five cups of coffee before 7am alone. Be sure that you are getting the right amount of water daily. I’m not saying deprive yourself of it (because I know the way people feel about their coffee) just be sure that you are balancing it out with what your body really needs. I have a Diet Dr. Pepper every morning, and I don’t really have any plans to change that, so I am cautious to have at least over 100 ounces of water throughout the rest of the day.
Even though extra sleep, healthy foods, and a lot of water seem like the perfect potion to get you back from la la land… that’s not always the case. And that’s okay.
Start working towards a goal. Committing yourself to something or picking a new project can often help to jumpstart the tiredness that is taking over you. If a big goal/project stresses you out, pick something smaller. It can be something as simple as putting together a puzzle or decluttering that one corner of your room that has held the last three years worth of weird Christmas gifts. Or, if you are ready for a challenge, your goal can be a huge and exciting project that will take you years. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, your goal needs to work for you.
Treat yourself in a way that makes you feel loved. Getting to a place of self love is a difficult place to get to. But, it’s a place that you really need to be. And once you get there is it such a beautiful place to be. Feeling loved looks really different to each of us. Self love for me will ALWAYS involve a new outfit. I feel like my best self when I feel beautiful in the clothes that I am wearing. So, when my clothes start to feel tired and I feel like a need a boost, I go to Target. It is my therapy and a place where a lot of self love goes down. Self love for others looks like meditation, small groups at church, a run (teach me your ways), or bubble baths. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, just find your love.
Surround yourself with people who make you feel alive. Everyone always says that you shouldn’t put your worth in another person’s hands. I get that… but, have you ever been around someone who just makes you feel like a million bucks? I think I have to disagree with what the masses say on that one. Find a group of really genuine people that really have your best interests in mind and let them love on you. Sometimes when I feel my most tired, I just have to let my guard down and let the people in my life invest some time into me. It hasn’t failed me yet – I always come out of it feeling better and rejuvenated like I’ve just taken a big long nap.
It’s okay to ask for help. I don’t love having to ask for help, but I have learned enough about myself to know when I need to ask. Sometimes it’s as simple as a phone call (hey mom) or talking with your best friends. See above statement, surround yourself with those people. And sometimes you need to have a conversation with a professional. If the feeling of tired, exhausted, and sad never seem to leave you; it’s okay to speak with a counselor and get professional help. It’s a conversation between you and them and you don’t have to let the stigma keep you from getting what you need. Wouldn’t it be worth it if you could come out feeling more like yourself?
You have to keep working towards a balance in this thing called life and it’s not always an easy balance to find. When I find myself in the tired place, I start going through these steps and working on bringing myself back to life. There’s nothing wrong with being tired, but life is too good to stay there all the time.