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How to STOP Being TIRED All the Time

  • Are you tired all of the time? 
  • Do you catch yourself wishing you could lay your head down and take a quick nap? 
  • Does your mind wander and then you find yourself trying to remember what you were doing? 
  • Are you hitting the snooze button every morning? 

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to break the cycle and develop new healthy habits.  Here are some suggestions:


1.  Sleep

•      Know how much sleep you require – most adults need 7-8 hours per night

•      Keep consistent times for going to bed and getting up

•      Build a “wind down” time into your nightly routine

•      Look at a sleep cycle chart and become aware of your own sleep cycle

•      If you wake up at the wrong stage of your sleep cycle, you will feel awful

•      Use your alarm clock as a back-up

•      Too much sleep can cause you to feel sluggish


2.  Exercise

•      Our bodies were designed to move.  Most adults are fairly inactive throughout the day

•      Just 20 minutes of low energy exercise 3 times a week can make a big difference in your energy level

•      A walk outside gets your blood circulating and helps get oxygen to your brain


3.  Get Some Sun

•      Exposure to the sun provides vitamin D and helps your body produce melatonin

•      20 minutes of sun exposure each day is enough


4. Eat Well

•      Eat balanced meals

•      Avoid eating fast food

•      Control portion size

•      Choose healthy snacks


5.  Drink Water

•      Drink plenty of water – carry a water bottle

•      There really is no right amount of water for everyone.  If you are thirsty, drink water, your body needs it!

•      Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning

•      Add lemon to your water to add a little flavor

•      Limit caffeine – especially 6 hours before going to bed

•      Switch from coffee to tea


6. Be Positive

•      Take deep breaths

•      Reduce stress

•      Meditate

•      Play happy music

•      Find reasons to laugh

•      Take cat naps

•      Avoid alcohol

These suggestions may not be new to you, but in the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to let distractions prevent you from taking care of yourself.  The suggestions below will help you get back on track.


Start TODAY and feel good again!

·         Think about the healthy habits that you do have and continue them

·         Choose 2 or 3 of the above suggestions to focus on first

·         Add more as your habits improve

·         Find someone to be your encourager

·         Keep your “eye on the prize"

·         When you are no longer tired all of the time, you will find that you are more productive