My favorite part of summer is having the chance to reflect and reevaluate myself in all the different hats I wear.
I also love to visit the library. My kids and I go almost daily during the summer. It’s quiet, peaceful, and somehow makes me feel happy.
One book I just finished entitled, No More Fatigue: Why Your So Tired and What You Can Do About It offered some nice insights. I know any working moms reading this title can relate! Lol! Some of the book was common sense, but it also offered a few new ideas I hadn’t thought of before.
In a nutshell, I’d like to highlight the most essential points of the book.
So…how to get more energy! First, there’s no doubt that as we get older our energy levels wane a bit, but how can we overcome to have a fruitful life and feel our best?
1. One a Thing at a Time and Unplug: The two most commonly ignored causes of stress-related fatigue: multitasking and personal technologies.
- Multitasking: “Multitasking is a myth that so many businesses hold to as if it were a religious doctrine. Just because people do things in a more frenetic way does not mean they’re accomplishing more. Study after study has shown that multitasking actually reduces productivity and increases the risk of people making mistakes.” (page 26)
- Personal Technologies: “One major source of multitasking stress in recent years has been bred by technology addiction–literally, an addiction to e-mailing and texting, tweeting, and surfing the net. The addictive nature of technologies chips away at our energy levels, reduces regenerative quiet times, and interferes with restful sleep.”
2. Eating Habits and Fatigue: It matters.
- Trade Coffee for Green Tea: “Coffee has often been described as the most widely used–and abused–drug in the world. As our lives become more stressful, we have become more dependent on coffee as a way to push our bodies and minds to accomplish all the things we want to do. Green tea contains L-theanine, a natural compound that has neurotransmitter-like effects, specifically improving both mental focus and promoting a sense of relaxation.” (Pages 40-42)
- Soft drinks lead to muscle fatigue and weakness.
- Eat meats, veggies, and fruit: Avoid packaged items totally.
- Eat breakfast: protein packed. (Avoid cereal, granola bars, pancakes, etc.)
- Don’t Skip Lunch: This happens to a lot us. So much to do, so little time. But–to stabilize blood sugar–three meals a day with healthy proteins are a must!
- No late night snacking.
- Drink water.
3. Hormones and Fatigue: Many women in their mid-thirties and up suffer from thyroid problems, which can totally drain your energy levels.
- Consult a doctor and get the necessary treatment.
- Take a multi-vitamin.
- Supplement with Vitamin C, B-Complex, Iron
The book goes in more detail. Personally, I always consult my doctor about vitamin supplements before use. It’s important to make sure they don’t interfere with your current medications.
4. Exercise, but don’t overdue it. “Keep it simple–just go for a walk.” (Page 229).
If you are interested in finding out how to obtain more energy in the coming year I would suggest this read. Just a implementing a few of the suggestions here could make a real impact!
A teacher with a peaceful and happy heart always creates more of an impact for kids!
Next book… Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell.