Do you find yourself hitting a wall at 3pm and reaching for the nearest charity chocolate?
I hear you! Actually it must be about now….maybe I should’ve written this earlier in the day 😆
There’s no one single solution to your energy issues, especially as we start heading into late, middle, not quite old yet age. I’m talking mid forties. But the same rules apply for you over 50’s friends I may have. Remember doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is just plain stupid!
Let’s start at the beginning: MORNINGS
How you start the day is often how it ends. Get yourself a decent nights sleep and up in the morning with enough time to make yourself a decent breakfast, do some exercise (at least a walk) or slide in a meditation. I get up at 5.15am-ish and get all of the above done alongside hanging out with my kids before they take off for the day. But I didn’t do all that overnight, I just added one thing at a time. When you feel like something is second nature, add a new thing in.
Ditch the label you’ve given yourself as being a “night-owl” or “not a morning person”. It’s time to reset that body clock so you can give your body the time it needs to rest and repair. Coz that’s what is happening when you sleep. It’s the only time of day you’re truly out of stress-mode. I’m not going to get into why you feel the need to binge watch that series until the wee hours.
Set an alarm to get yourself off to bed before 9.30 and set an alarm to get up in the time that suits you so you can have a cruisy start to the day as opposed to a crazy, hectic start where you kick it all off with stress hormones flying. Do this at the same time every day for a good two weeks, even on the weekends, until your clock changes. You’ll love enjoying the best part of the day once you’ve made the flip! I’m not crazy, I swear!
The Lunchtime Conundrum:
Being organised is key whether you like it or not. Did you factor in making a decent lunch in your morning routine? How’s about just whacking together a bowl of leftovers from the night before? Serve yourself a bowl BEFORE the hungry hoards eat it all, lock it away in the fridge to take the next day. Watch out for foods that are very high in carbs and low on veggies, protein and healthy fats. The carbs will give you blood sugar spike then the insulin kicks in making the blood sugars dive 2 hours later. When your blood sugar dives, you trigger hunger, lack concentration and find yourself reaching for the office treat. This is how we become addicted to sugar……the rollercoaster ride of blood sugars fuelled by wanting more sugar. Yup, it’s 3pm and you’re in that place.
Read my post on mastering your lunches HERE
Still didn’t have time?
Watch out for the sugar content you may get if you go to the Asian or Indian takeaway place if you think you’ll just grab a curry instead. They do use a lot of sugar to “Australian-ise” their traditional foods and MSG has been reinvented so be mindful that they may say it’s not added, it’s just got a different name or a chemical that has the same impact. Another option is to get your hands on the best options available but have something in your desk or handbag to replace the sugary hit that is usually available.
Freeze a batch of my Bad Boy Muffins and smash one of those with a blob of butter instead. Or maybe a handful of nuts and a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint curbs the appetite – great when you’re trying to lose weight – and it’s even better when mixed with liqourice root for it’s natural sweetness. Brew a pot, whack it in a thermos and sip it throughout the arvo. Its great cold too. PS: NO coffee after 12 or 1pm.
Get up, stretch, breathe and smile:
When was the last time you just took a little moment? When you’re under the pump, you go into fight or flight without actually needing to go anywhere. Your blood sugars go up so you’ve got instant energy for that emergency your body thinks you’re about to have, you breathe shallow and your blood flows to your arms and legs ready to run. Get up and switch off briefly, just for 3-5 breaths. You trick your body into thinking it’s safe to keep your cool. When you’re out of stress mode, you can think clearer and make better decisions about what you stuff in your mouth and nailing the task at hand.
Are you just plain bored?
The arvo’s can get a little dull. When you’ve planned your day well, you’ve done all the hard stuff early and all you’ve got left is the boring little crappy jobs. If it didn’t work out that way, then try that tomorrow. So your arvo jobs bore you stupid, then start planning today what you can do tomorrow. When you have a plan, you can tick things off and feel quite accomplished. Don’t start your day clearing the inbox, get down and dirty straight up and kick big goals that make your day.
Everyone is different but all these things contribute to us ageing quicker than we need to. Switch it up where you think you need to. It’s all the little things, the little things.