How to have more energy for those Monday mornings and long uni days
Ever find yourself falling asleep in lectures? Barely able to keep your eyes open? Want to die every time your alarm goes off? Read on and find out how to have more energy for those Monday mornings and long uni days:
Get in a good routine
This sounds obvious – but stick to it. A routine will especially help if you suffer from insomnia. Try to be in bed by 11 pm and wake up early – 7 or 8 am is a good time to wake up as you’ll still get plenty of hours of sleep in but be able to make the most of the day. Even if you don’t need to be up that early – say if you have uni at 1 – don’t sleep in until 12! Make the most of the morning. A lot of people have trouble falling asleep or getting an early night simply because they aren’t tired enough. If you’re only awake for 6 hours of the day, that’s probably you.
Tire yourself out
Linking on from the former, make yourself tired! This may sound contradictory as a way to get more energy, but if you just keep going through the day and collapse (not literally because that isn’t healthy obvs) when you get home, it’s not a bad thing. Ever feel MORE tired when you decide to give yourself a day off and lounge around the house? Yeah, it’s a thing. Whether you busy yourself with uni work, do a food shop, do your laundry, go to the gym… do enough to make yourself absolutely pooped by the end of the day.
Caffeine – but in moderation!
Around 11 am, I often find myself craving a cup of tea just to perk myself up a bit, and if you’re the same, that’s fine. Get your caffeine fix. But don’t chug espresso after espresso before 9 am in the hope that it’ll sustain you for the day. You’ll crash by noon and then you’ll be really exhausted for the rest of the day. It’s better to treat caffeine as a pick-me-up or a little boost rather than a means of literally keeping you awake.
Sugar – but also in moderation!!!
Similarly, after lunch, I like to nibble on something sweet for a bit more energy. I try and keep this a little healthy as I will crave something sweet most days – maybe a chocolate-covered rice cake or a breakfast bar – but you can have pretty much anything you want. Again, keep this in moderation, as like with caffeine, you can crash after a sugar high and obviously loads of sugar isn’t great for your health!
One of my mistakes used to be skipping breakfast because I wasn’t hungry. In truth, I still don’t get hungry in the morning, but even just eating a single slice of toast does wonders and affects your energy levels for the rest of the day. On days where I don’t have breakfast, I find myself craving a snack before lunch, and it upsets my eating pattern – whereas when I do have breakfast, I can concentrate right up until lunchtime and generally feel more energised throughout the day.