Tired? Try This!

How Can I Stay Awake? Tips to Increase Energy

We’ve all been there, and way too often.  Perhaps you didn’t sleep well the night before or are stressed out.  Perhaps you are taking medication that makes you drowsy.  Maybe you eat like crap.  It’s hard to focus and concentrate on anything when all we want to do is be a cat and stay in bed all day resting.  There are some things you can do. First there is prevention.  Sleep well (see my article on How to Shut Your Brain Down), you can eat healthier and manage your stress better.   I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to eat clean to improve your health and energy levels, and it is a process and a big lifestyle change.  I like the motto if it comes from the earth or had a mother ,it’s fair game.  You may be saying, heard it Doc, what can I do now?

The caffeine thing will be temporary and make you feel worse. Try these tips instead or if you insist, in addition to.  There are some things you can do, first if you don’t eat fish, add fish oil to your diet.  It has been helpful for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and they’re always tired.  You can rub your ears.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but when you’re that exhausted and have to work for 8 or so hours you’ll try just about anything.  Do this for about a minute.  It stimulates trigger points and does help.  What do you have to lose? There is also the breath of fire used in yoga.  I’ll do my best to describe it here.  Basically for about a minute, less at first, you will breathe in and out of your nose as rapidly as you can.  It is difficult at first, but it does help make you more alert.  If you feel lightheaded, stop.   Then try it later for less time and gradually work up to a minute.  Get up and do something.  Exercise wakes us up.  That’s why fitness experts tell us to avoid exercising too close to bedtime.  So take a brisk walk (not to the coffee pot), and get some fresh air.  Drink plenty of water. You’re already tired, and the last thing you need is dehydration giving you a headache.

Stay away from what I call psychic vampires, people that drain you.  You are already tired, and they may make you sick.  So try to avoid those people as much as possible.  Also check your thoughts.  Being tired leads to more negative and irrational thinking, which will make you more tired. It is hard to avoid certain people and think clearly while exhausted in the work place, so you’ll need to be creative.  I’m getting spiritual here, but get a block of crystal quartz and place it on your desk, as it will absorb a lot of the negativity that might be around you.  Be sure to cleanse it often via sunlight, moonlight or soaking it in sea salt.  Also think about aromatherapy.  Peppermint and citrus scents are vitalizing.  Save the lavender for when you want to relax or sleep.  Avoid naps, as they make it harder to sleep that night setting you up for another day of misery.  Instead take meditation breaks.  They are more effective than naps when you master this practice.  See my article on How to Relax for breathing tips and a meditation you can use.  If you feel this tired most of the time, and follow the prevention tips, and don’t have a known medical condition such as CFS, thyroid problems or endometriosis…, then you might want to consult your physician.  Otherwise, try these tips and WAKE UP!




Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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