It’s a common complaint amongst my friends and co-workers- that midday slump. After lunch when you’re full and happy or when you have simply just been sitting at your desk for too long, staring at a computer, it’s easy to get restless and feel like your energy is draining.
Life is busy and there is often times a lot for us to balance between work, relationships, hobbies, exercise, and fun. I often times feel exhausted as I tend to overbook myself. I am aware of this but I keep going with it because I don’t really know if I have ever gone on a trip or to an event that I have come home from regretting. I always have fun, even when my energy is on empty.
However, I have found ways to make sure that I am prioritizing my health. I don’t want the business to take a physical toll on me, so here are a few tricks that keep my energy pumping.
I drink it hot, cold, plain, with lemon- you name it! Keeping hydrated is good for many reasons but mostly it keeps headaches and pointless snacking at bay. If I get antsy and have a bag of chips, boy do I love it in the moment (Cooler Ranch Doritos please!) but it does absolutely nothing for my energy. If I drink water in place of that moment of craving something salty without nutrients, I usually tend to get in the mindset of wanting something better. It’s like my system is flushing out so I don’t want anything to ruin it. It’s probabaly more mental than anything but it works and keeps me going!
Sleep when you die? Dumbest ish I’ve ever heard. No thanks, I love sleep. Giving my body the time it needs to rejuvenate is absolutely necessary. I’m definitely a solid 9 hour lover but no less than 8 for me. I simply cannot function on a low amount of sleep so it is vital that this is priority if want any semblance of being a normal person throughout the day.
This one is tricky as I tend to feel wiped out after a day at work and an hour at the gym but it keeps my body conditioned for cardio and my muscles limber. This absolutely helps me feel comfortable in being active on those days I get a bit sleepier because my body is used to the movement and mentality of pushing myself a little bit. I’m no expert but I have just noticed that exercise gives my body that boost it needs to feel at home when things are wild and busy and running all over the place.
Listening to Music
I grew up training in vocal performance and technique and though it’s hard to get a chance to perform (unless there is karaoke around), it is still very much a part of who I am. The private concerts I give my family and boyfriend (and my shampoo bottle in the shower) will have to suffice for now but I find that I am more invigorated when I integrate a part of me into my more mundane daily tasks. I can’t make a living out of that (for now…) so I think it’s important to listen to music since I love it so much. Whenever I have it on in the background, it gives me that extra boost and passion I need and keeps me from getting restless.
Writing things down
Work, writing, and managing all the things I have to do can be overwhelming. I’m using so much brain power being focused on doing my job and writing well that I don’t want to think of the minor details of the little extra things I need to remember – ‘send the rsvp to that wedding’ or ‘buy that birthday gift’ or ‘remember to email that company back about the product’. If I have it written down, I get sort of amped since I LOVE crossing things out and since my mind can better compartmentalize all the minor tasks, I feel more at ease and energized to focus on whatever task is at hand.
I drink tea more than coffee but I love both. There is something about coffee flavors and smells that feels so comforting and welcoming to me. In fact, when I was in New York, my friend Stephanie and I found ourselves in a Whole Foods Market and there was s display of different coffee beans and I could not walk by without making sure I smelled them all. Yes! I love it that much, I even have a glass cookie jar in our kitchen filled with beans so I can just open them up from time to time and take a whiff. (It’s also an odor neutralizer so I leave it open when the kitchen smells like a certain food or when I am cooking and need to cleanse my senses to try other flavors.)
Anyway, you get it, I love coffee smells and flavors but sometimes on the go or in the mornings before I can eat something substantial, I just can’t down a cup. So while I’m in a rush or just not in the mood to fill up my mug, il Morso is it! These little coffee chocolate bars (haha oh yeah did I mention it’s the pairing of flavor heaven-chocolate and coffee!) are the perfect option. They are bite size, fit perfectly into my purse, taste delicious, are organic, and have 18 MG of caffeine. It absolutely gives me that jolt of energy without the commitment of sipping a whole cup. Love ’em!