5. Junk Food
Don’t do it. Processed food makes us fat and lazy. There’s nothing good about them. Most people eat way too much sugar, which causes energy spikes and valleys, leaving you pooped. Replace the sugar with protein and healthy fat and you’ll feel better. Lean meats and fish, organic fruits and vegetables, fruit oils (olive, coconut, sesame), and fermented foods will give your body what it needs and you’re less likely to crave the quick fix of junk food.
6. Messy Office
If you work in an office, coming in to a cluttered desk in the morning can easily take the wind out of your sails. A messy desk is distracting and affects your brain’s ability to process individual tasks due to simultaneous stimuli acting on the visual cortex. Before you leave work for the day, tidy up–even if it’s in organized piles–to leave a clear, neat map of the next day’s work. Put what you can in drawers so that the first thing you see is a clean slate.
7. Molehills into Mountains
It’s a vicious circle: you’re tired, you overreact, you stress, physiological and psychological processes are set in motion to handle the stress, and you feel tired. Catastrophizing is the tendency to always look for the worst-case scenario and is self-defeating. It can leave you exhausted and stressed.
Take a walk, talk with a friend, read a book, write in a journal, or meditate to take your mind temporarily off of a stressful situation and ask yourself seriously what is the worst that could reasonably happen–it’s not nearly as bad as you originally spun it to be.
Take a deep breath and face your challenge with renewed energy and positivity. There’s no harm in taking a step back and giving yourself a chance to breathe and think calmly.
8. No to “No”
If you’re one of those people who can’t say no, you’re setting yourself up for chronic fatigue. Being all things to all people is impossible. Doing everything well that others ask of you is impossible.
Allow yourself to be human. Set reasonable expectations of yourself as if you were someone else. People-pleasers live a daily up-hill battle trying to do it all.
Ask yourself how you would view a friend who had everything on her plate that you do–what advice would you give? Cut yourself some slack.
Saying no to something will not result in the end of the world (see “catastrophizing” above). Practice saying it in nice ways when you’re alone so that when the next person asks you to fit something into your schedule that there’s really no time for, you have a ready polite decline in your pocket. It’s okay.