We have all been there, where our tired is even tired. If you have been there, then it is time to hit the refresh button. Here are practical ways to help you relax and leave you feeling like a million bucks.
Cut back on the caffeine
For caffeine lovers, this may seem sacrilegious to your morning routine, but caffeine could leave you feeling worse off. Caffeine which is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks may have you feeling good for a few minutes, but the crash that comes after the high is a recipe for fatigue. High doses are also known to increase anxiety which can be contradictory for anyone who wants to relax. Remember to drink it in moderation rather than as a coping booster to give you energy.
It's time to cuddle
Preferably with someone you stay with to avoid breaking the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Cuddling and hugging are known to relieve stress. These interactions release oxytocin in our blood stream which can help lower blood pressure, heart rate and leave us feeling good.
Surround yourself with good things
Decluttering your space and lighting a candle with relaxing essential oils can be a fix, especially when you are winding down for bed. Surrounding yourself with good scents in the form of lavender, rose, sandalwood or orange can be soothing. Take time to do an activity that helps relax you.
Did you know that dehydration can slow your brown brain? It can also lead to frustration. Instead of reaching for a sugary drink to get your fix, balance it out with a glass of water. Looking for a bit of flavour? You can always add fruit pieces, lemon and organic honey or switch to green tea now and again.
Avoid hitting snooze
If you feel your sleep pattern is no longer a pattern, but a freestyle then it is time to put in measures that can make falling asleep and waking up doable. When it is time to wake up, avoid hitting the snooze button as this can interrupt your pattern and leave you more tired. Try to set your alarm for the time where you are supposed to be up so that you sleep with no interruptions.
It is crucial to have a wind-down routine 30 minutes before you sleep. Make sure that you remove any distractions and electronics that can make it hard to sleep. It's normal to blink away in the dark before you sleep. Make sure your room is at a comfortable temperature to help you relax. Should you find yourself struggling to sleep opt for reading a book instead of looking at a screen or listen to relaxing music.