As working women, fatigue, stress and lack of energy face us every day. When you’re juggling kids, home and work, the causes are not surprising – long hours, more demands on us as individuals, lack of sleep or broken sleep, no time for ourselves, no time for just “chilling out”.
In order to boost your energy level and beat fatigue, you need to strike a balance between your inner balance and outer balance that control your mental and physical health respectively. Learn to strike a work-family balance – if you died tomorrow, ask yourself what would be the most important aspect of your life? Most people opt for their family and close relationships. Keep a positive perspective on life – be an optimist rather than a pessimist; don’t take yourself too seriously.
Laugh hard – a good comedy will improve your well-being; a funny joke will lift your spirits all day.
Engage in exercise, do something you enjoy whether it’s a calming swim, dancing to up music, a gentle walk or a strenuous workout. Book a massage or facial – it unknots tight muscles and relieves tension.
Get used to taking a short stretch break during your day to unwind and help muscles stay soft. Concentrate on shoulders, neck and upper back, where we hold our tension. Indulging yourself in a long warm bath with essential oils like lavender or ylang-ylang will help you relax and induce sleep.
Pay attention to your nutrition. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, lean meat, nuts, low-fat dairy foods, oils. Cut down on junk food and fast food. Eat regularly, feeding small and often is a good idea if you need to boost your energy.