I’m exhausted. I have “newborn baby” levels of tiredness. Broken sleep, early starts and late nights are to blame. Every now and again my beautiful little daughter throws in a week of terrible sleep to keep me on my toes. This has been one of those weeks. It’s a good job she’s cute!
Today I have already had two coffees and at 1pm I feel like I could collapse into a heap. An afternoon slump made worse by the post caffeine crash
So after a bit of time on my yoga mat for some pranayama (breathing exercises) relaxation and meditation, my mind is less fuzzy and I am reminded of my healthy habits quest for this winter.
This week, I thought I would try to tackle my fatigue without the aid of caffeine. It’s like a mini detox, without the starvation! Over the next few days I will focus on the following:
- More sleep!!
- Yoga, meditation and relaxation
- Exercising outside
- Avoiding caffeine
- Drinking herbal teas, juices and lots of water
- Eating lots of fresh fruit and veg.
Obvious stuff I suppose. But unless I really focus and plan, during the day I end up running around frantically and then grabbing what’s quick and available because I’m really hungry. Then by the evening I have to really push myself to cook a decent freshly prepared meal.
I don’t think that I am alone in this, and I don’t think it’s just parents who feel like this by the end of the day. I am almost certain that this would apply to those of you who are working right now too, and wondering what you will have for dinner tonight and whether you will have the energy to prepare it after forcing yourself to go to the gym…..
It is so important that we look after ourselves properly. The food we eat, what we drink, our levels of stress and the amount of rest we get, all have a massive impact on how we feel physically and emotionally. A balanced life with time and space to exercise, eat well and rest properly is vital for us and for our children, so this week I am going to break the fatigue-caffeine-slump cycle and will surely be full of energy by the time I write my next post.
Why don’t you join me in my healthy habits, and please add your own ideas so that we can all feel great this winter