Hey gang. Long time no talk, I know. My bad! You may remember last year, when I tried to use moving as an excuse for being so MIA around here.
Well, shit. I’m about to do it again.
Because, yep. I moved. Again. Apparently it’s a favorite pastime of mine.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but Lucy, my roommate and I are settling into our new pad in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Despite a few hiccups (cough, our movers showed up four hours late, cough), and a temporary sauna-like situation sans air conditioning, things are looking good.
I’m also feeling good. That’s new – feeling good during transition.
Last year around this time I was incredibly stressed, and the result was a constant state of exhaustion, so I was determined to do it differently – better – this time.
I’m taking care of myself. Working out in the morning, saying no to things I don’t want to do (and not feeling guilty about it), eating well with a side of nightly vino.
I didn’t buy a ton of new shit. I spent enough time at IKEA last year to hold me over for about 15 years. #minimalism4lyfe
I also took care of things right away. Oh man you guys, this is big for me. Last year I dragged everything out: nailing down Lucy’s daycare situation (aka me at my desk all day thinking about how sad and lonely she must be), organizing my room, hanging art, changing my address, etc. etc. etc.
I was thinking about it all this morning, and realized that while these seem like things that are specific to a move, they actually aren’t at all. These (plus a few others) are habits we can get into everyday to feel better and have more energy.
Next time you’re feeling exhausted and not exactly sure why, ask yourself a few questions. If you answer “no” to any of these, you can nail down why it is you’re tired all the time, and how to adjust.
1. Are you sleeping well?
This is a biggie. Aim for 7-8 uninterrupted hours (or however many you need), in comfortable conditions. Try shutting off any technology an hour before bed. Trading the TV for a book can make a big difference.
2. Are you exercising regularly?
It can be reeeeal tough to get a workout in when you’re tired, and it can be really easy to blame moving for not exercising (I haven’t joined a gym yet, I’m too busy, etc.). While you shouldn’t compromise sleep, fitting in 30 minutes can actually help you feel more energized.
3. Are you saying “no” to things that drain you?
We’ve talked about the importance of saying “no” and why it matters for your well-being, but this doesn’t exclusively apply to activities or events. This could also include things that are mentally draining, like toxic relationships (is every conversation tiresome?) or stressful work situations (are you always working weekends?).
4. Are you hydrating?
This one is often overlooked. Not only does the amount of water we drink affect our energy levels (aim for more than you think you need), but the amount of other stuff we drink does, too. I love my coffee, but I know when I have more than one or two cups a day, it affects my shut-eye. Too much caffeine can lead to a massive crash when you’re already tired. If you feel reliant on it, try going one week with a cup less than your regular amount, and then another week with another cup less. See how it affects your sleep, and stick to that intake no matter how tired you feel.
5. Are you eating well?
I know … duh. But you’d be surprised at how much a lack of sleep affects our eating habits. That means, when you’re tired you are prone to eating poorly, which leads to a vicious cycle since eating poorly affects the ability to sleep well. Bottom line? Cut back on sugar as much possible. If you’re really struggling, eliminating gluten can help with energy, and of course, our old pal alcohol plays a major role here. The more you drink, the less energy you’ll have (…the next day that is. You’ll be just fine powering through that karaoke duet.)
6. Is your home clean and clutter-free?
This may have a bigger effect than you anticipate. If any space you live in, work in, or spend time in is cluttered, it can really drain your energy, no matter how Type A or B you lean (and that’s coming from a serious B-er). It’s a quick fix that’s majorly worth it: clear out all the crap.
Do you have any habits or tips for increasing energy? Share ’em below!