When I teach time management workshops, I ask “how many of you find yourself feeling tired by Tuesday?” Typical responses include smiles, laughter, and sighs of “how did you know!?” The point of each workshop is to provide tips and ideas for NOT feeling tired by Tuesday or by Friday. Reducing the time we spend on time-wasting activities and projects that do not help us achieve our goals is one way to become more productive and overcome tiredness. Managing interruptions in two-minute time blocks can also help overcome tiredness by the end of a day.
When tired, we typically hunker in at home to find comfort and create a rejuvenating nest. When I’m feeling worn down, I find myself reading, cleaning closets or bookshelves, or baking dozens of items and freezing them for later enjoyment. Going to bed one hour earlier than typical also helps me rejuvenate. What brings you comfort when you are tired?
Sometimes, getting away from work and home is the key. In February, I know many people who travel to find more daylight and overcome feeling tired. Days in natural sunlight help overcome the blues and tiredness. During vacation weeks, people some people seek exhilarating adventures – making themselves tired but loving it; and others seek low-activity time in the forest or on a beach to rest and relax. What get-away places help you overcome tiredness?
Solutions that have worked at our house and for people I know include:
- Get more walks, hikes, or exercise in. You’ll rest better.
- Use a “sun” light designed for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It creates a good daily light pattern in the mornings and encourages good sleep at night.
- Some use melatonin or other natural sleep aids.
- Lavender oil on the bottoms of your feet at bedtime. Works wonders for the teen at home.
- Lavender oil, one drop, in a diffuser at bedtime creates a restful space for sleep.
- Eat well and healthfully.
- Travel and trips for the purpose of resting, relaxing, and rejuvenating.
What helps you overcome feeling tired?
Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. –Jana