In today’s episode I answered a listener’s question – Josiah asked: “How can I combat tiredness and laziness?”
To answer your question, Josiah, you are not lazy. There are very few people who do things out of pure laziness, and I want you to stop calling the experience you re having by using this word.
Tiredeness – this is something we can talk about. So, there are a few things you can do to combat tiredness:
First, and probably the most important is to keep track when you feel tired – are there certain hours of the day you re more tired? May be you re not focused at 10am? 12pm? maybe afternoon hours are your bane?
OR, perhaps, there are activities that make yo feel more drained – like after days with gym class, or many hours of math or science? Once you figure out what triggers the tiredness you can pre-plan your days to fit your needs – so for example, if days with gym class are draining physically and you feel more tired afterwards, you can plan ahead that on gym days when you get back home you ll have extra hour to refresh yourself and rest.
Also, if you feel that there is NO trigger, that you ALWAYS feel tired after school or work, you can decide that every day once you re back home, you start with 30 minutes of complete rest.
Many times, when we feel tired, we try to push-through, which leads to us doing a crappy job AND makes us even more tired – so we basically didn t do what we wanted, we are more tired and we feel like a failure. Allow yourself to rest if your body and mind need it – but don t create too big gaps of it if you feel you need a rest, give yourself 30 minutes. If you re completely exhausted, take a quick nap.
Another thing to do is to combat procrastination: If you just don t feel like doing your tasks – think of something you WANT to do, a video game, calling a friend, going out for a walk, watching your favorite television show, reading a book – it can be ANYTHING – and decide you re giving yourself 20 minutes to do this. 20 minutes of fun and adventure, which you will follow with 1.5 hours of working on what needs to get done. After that you can have 20 more minutes and so on. Allow yourself to do breaks not only when you need to rest but also as a reward for your hard work; all work and no play is not a good solution.
Healthy breaks are another issue – instead of reaching for the cookie jar or the chips while watching your fave show on your fun-break, try to have something that will nourish you – a banana, a healthy snack, but most importantly – EVERY break you take needs to have a physical element to it: 2 push-ups, 5 jumping jacks, 1 pull up – ANYTHING that will get your blood flowing and lead more oxygen carrying blood to your brain. Plus – make a rule that eVERY break you finish by having a glass of water. You will not believe how much tiredness and exhaustion can be eliminated by keeping yourself hydrated!
Finally – sleep. The most common reason for being tired is not getting a good enough sleep. Make sure you have enough hours to sleep, as well as leaving you enough time to fall asleep – this way you guarantee enough time for your body and mind to relax and unwind.
Try not to snack during 2 hours before sleeping, so to not overwhelm your digestion; Make sure you do stuff that relax you before bed – but you will need to figure out what works for you, because for me- a power walk outside makes me tired and makes falling asleep easy, while my boyfriend finds walks to be invigorating and he can t sleep after them.
So to sum it up – keep healthy, allow yourself to have breaks, make sure your breaks are good for your mind as well as for your boy and sleep well!