We all wish that we could finish everything on our to-do list on time, at least once, but the chances of that happening are slim to non-existent because we’re so darn tired by the end of the day. Work obligations and family responsibilities will have their toll on you. Even if you do have some time left, you can feel the strong magnetic pull of your bed to have that much envied good night’s rest. But don’t worry, here’s how you can get the most out of your day by staying energetic and happy.
1. Maintain a sleep schedule
Starting the day off on the right note will make all the difference in how you go about your day. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day will enable your body’s ‘master clock’ to stay in sync with the 24-hour day. You will feel well rested and refreshed; Even a slight deviation from this schedule will make you cranky throughout the day. Set your bedtime such that you get at least 7 hours of sleep every day.
2. Let the light shine on you
As soon as you wake up, expose yourself to sunlight. This has a stimulating effect on your brain resulting in an energy boost right at the beginning of your day. If you’re an early riser, then brighten up your house with sun-like light which will send signals to your brain that it’s morning.
3. Coffee is not all bad
Having a cup of coffee early in the morning can give you an energy hike that will make you feel less groggy and more alert. This is because of the caffeine present in coffee which can also be found in small amounts in tea. So if you want a healthier option, you can go for herbal teas to start off your day.
4. The right food
A healthy energizing breakfast that contains carbohydrates and proteins will help power your body. Eggs, veggies, fruits, whole wheat bread and a glass of milk is a classic breakfast combo that is preferred by many. While eating Indian breakfast items like upma, poha, dosa or idlis, make sure to use a very less quantity of a high-quality oil like pure olive oil.
Instead of having 3 full meals, opt for ‘smart snacking’ throughout the day. Have nuts, dry fruits, fruit slices and yogurt when you feel hungry in between meals. Try not to have too many processed foods or foods with high level of sugar content; They are unlikely to contribute to your energy levels.
5. Exercising helps
Exercising every day, especially in the morning will make you feel refreshed and ready to conquer the world. If you’re not into basic exercising you can try yoga, swimming or krav maga. Through the course of the day every time you notice your energy dipping, go for a short walk. This will help a great deal.
6. Play the right tunes
Music has a huge influence on your mood. Keep a playlist of motivational songs that keep you pumping and save the classic sad tunes for when you’re having trouble sleeping at night. But don’t listen to the same songs every day because it’ll get repetitive and you won’t have some musical surprises to look forward to in your day.
Also, if you do what you love then you won’t actually feel like your energy is physically being drained. Surround yourself with positive people and laughter and your days won’t feel as long and tiresome.