We all feel drained from time to time. This can leave you feeling more irritable, less optimistic, and exhausted. Below, we list 10 ways you can recharge our body, as well as your mind, and get back to being you.
1: Relax in the Bath
Being physically and mentally drained can leave you feeling stiff, sore and tense. Taking a soak in the tub can help recharge your body and mind. Throw in some Epsom salt, which is known for drawing out toxins and reduces inflammation. Various essential oils can also be used and come with added benefits as well. For example, lavender oil is known to help reduce stress; tea tree oil is great for skin. Using an exfoliating scrub has added benefits too. It helps improve blood flow, removes dead skin, and increases your healthy glow.
2: Change Your Diet
Your diet has a lot to do with your energy levels. If you are feeling drained, take a closer look at the food and drinks you use to fuel your body. Eating junk food and items that serve little to no nutritional value is ok occasionally. However, if your diet is primarily made up of pizza, take out, sweets and sodas – your body will suffer the consequences. Dieticians recommend you eat a well-rounded assortment of foods, including complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats per meal.
3: Exercise Regularly
If you feel sluggish and worn down, it may be time to get up and move. Getting exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies have found that partaking in exercise can actually help boost energy levels and increase productivity. Even if you have had a hard, tiring day at work—get yourself moving for at least 20 minutes once you get home. As tempting as the couch may seem, it will only increase your sluggishness. A short walk, run, or weightlifting session, on the other hand, will boost endorphins and wake you up.
4: Don’t Forget to Stretch
Tension can lead to discomfort, tightness, and increase the likelihood of an injury. Recharge your body and take the time to do some stretching every day. Whether just touching your toes or getting a deeper stretch with yoga, stretching can help restore your flexibility, ease tensions and improve your overall outlook.
5: Do Something You Enjoy
Life can feel overwhelming on occasion. Work, soccer practice, family dinners, and other obligations can leave you feeling lost in the fray as an individual. This can lead to feeling burnt out, low and drained. Everyone needs to have some “me” time so here is your permission to take some time to do something you enjoy. It will amaze you how recharged you will feel once you have time to do something you love.
6: Get More Sleep
Getting sleep is essential to your body’s natural recharging capabilities. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, your mattress may be at fault. A bad mattress can lead to restless sleep, leaving you even more tired when you get up in the morning. The good news is that there are plenty of mattress options that optimizes your sleep and leaves you feeling completely recharged when your alarm goes off. From the standard coil bed to a more natural, organic mattress—the perfect bed is out there!
7: It’s Ok to Rest
There is a difference between rest and sleep. You need to take time to do both! Rest can include a 30- to 90-minute nap. But it can also mean taking time to recoup yourself. Stressful meetings, busy schedules and forgotten appointments can have you feeling run down. Take a few moments to collect yourself, take a deep breath and refocus yourself. Sometimes, these few moments and positive vibes can give you the boost you need to get through your day.
8: Keep a Journal
Sometimes, it can be hard to express yourself. When strong emotions or thoughts are held back, they can physically drain you. It’s been said that everyone deserves a good therapist but this is not always possible. Instead, journal a bit each day. Whether you create a journal that allows you to vent freely or one that captures something you are grateful for each day—having an outlet where you can express yourself can leave you feeling recharged.
Mediation, which can include prayer, deep breathing practices, or a number of other exercises that help ground you, can also help you feel recharged. Meditation and prayer have both been found to help you evaluate your current situations and find purpose. As with rest, meditation and prayer can both help you find your focus and release negative energies.
10: Get Creative
Pent up creativity can also leave you feeling drained. Art and music have both been proven as stress reducers. So belt out that song, write that poem, or sculpt that statue. At the end of the day, art and music provide you with creative outlets that, much like your journal, allow you to freely express yourself.