One thing you'll learn about me after a brief conversation is that I am always tired. I know that doesn't make me special –– aren't we all always tired? –- but I've had sleep problems for almost five years, and I take a prescription sleep aid to help me sleep through the night. Unfortunately, the medication leaves me feeling hungover, so it's not exactly ideal. I try to "catch up" on sleep on the weekends, but obviously, that doesn't always work!
I am dependent on caffeine to a level that's probably unhealthy, so I've tried to find creative ways to limit my intake and feel better naturally since I'm usually pretty upbeat. I don't want to always depend on a shot of espresso to get going in the morning, mainly because we'll eventually want to try for kids and I know I'll want to drink less coffee as a result. I can't promise that these are just as effective as caffeine or an energy drink, but they'll leave you feeling better.
1. A Full Face Of Makeup
I seriously love putting makeup on because it leaves me feeling ready to tackle the day, even if I haven't slept a ton the night before. Granted, I totally rock a natural face when I wake up late, but it always makes me feel good about myself! I can't recommend it enough.
2. Fresh Flowers
Look, I know that it sounds bougie, but don't knock it until you try it! Flowers at Publix are as cheap as $4 for a modest bouquet, and smelling flowers throughout the day leaves me feeling good about myself. They also brighten up my home, which is a major plus.
3. Spending Time With Friends
I'm a natural extrovert, so if you aren't extroverted, this may sound like a ridiculous way to recharge. But I seriously love spending time with the people that I love, whether in small or large groups. Talking to my friends about life always leaves me feeling motivated to challenge myself, even if I don't feel like it.
4. Fresh Air
I'm not exactly outdoorsy, but one of the benefits of living in Florida is the weather! I work from home, and not having to get up and go to work sometimes makes me feel sluggish. I love taking brief walks to keep myself going.
I saved my favorite energizing tip for last! It's one of the reasons I try to blog regularly -- even though I write for a living, it's still something I enjoy and look forward to. Setting aside time to write for myself leaves me feeling refreshed.
What are your favorite ways to stay energized? The more tips, the better! xo