Stressed? 8 Ways to Go Funky Like the Pink Bunny (with the drum)!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Working in a call center is like digging my grave between cubicles under  fluorescent lights.  I have been in this industry for 4 years now but luckily I did not experience a burn out.  Sure, I have been hospitalized 4 times already but I never really said I would give up and just lay on my death bed full of stress nails.

My secret to taking away all the tiredness is this list.   Take it to heart carefully, it might save your life.

1.  Pamahaw.

It's not called the most important meal of the day for nothin', and if you're looking to boost energy, this one's non-negotiable. 
Studies show people who eat breakfast every morning enjoy increased energy and a cheerier mood throughout the day. Aim to get a mix of lean protein, carbohydrates, and good fats. A tablespoon of peanut butter on a whole grain English muffin is a good start.

2.  Deal With A Stressor.

Stress zaps energy like nothing else. If you have an emotional or work stress that you can address head on, it's worth it to nip it in the bud, if only for your energy levels. Addressing the stress in your life can be something simple: maybe jostling for a seat on the Ceres economy bus starts your day off in a huff. Can you leave earlier, find a seat on the local, and spend the extra commute time reading a novel? Our world is a stressful one, no doubt, but look for the areas where you can minimize the daily hassles as much as possible.

3.  Have A Handful of Mani. 

Protein-rich mani can give you a boost, but it's actually the magnesium in almonds that might be extra helpful. Magnesium plays a vital role sugar into energy, and research shows that a deficiency in this mineral can leave you feeling sluggish. You can also get magnesium from whole grains and wheat bread from Baker's or Foodman.

4.  Switch things up.

Sometimes a simple case of the blahs can zap your energy. Switch up your routine in little ways to give yourself a burst of energy -- dare to wear spring's prettiest pink lipsticks or try a new vegetable or fruit you've always wondered about. Mangosteen, anyone? 

 5.  Make the most of the sleep you get.

If your room is overheated and filled with ambient light from your clock radio or the street light outside, you're not maximizing the sleep you're managing to get. Make your shut-eye as restful as possible by making your room cool and dark (or wear a sleep mask). Might as well throw some clean sheets on there to make bedtime feel as luxuriously restful as possible.

And always, always...take a bath before jumping in the sheets.  Okie.  That is to keep the itch away.

6.  Drink a glass of water. And if that fails, try tea.

Dehydration and fatigue are bffs, and some studies suggest even mild dehydration can slow metabolism and sap your energy. Hydrate with a glass of water, or ideally, drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you still need extra juice, try a cup of tea. Research suggests that tea’s combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine can improve alertness, and black tea has been shown to lessen the effects of stress.

Unfortunately, coffee doesnt work best with me.  So I just drink a whole mug of water every two hours in my 9 hour shift and a couple 4 times more before I go to bed.

7.  Take a quick walk outside.

We all know exercise is an energy booster, and of course, it's often the last thing we want to do when we're dog tired. But just taking a 15-minute spin around the block can be energizing. Furthermore, our circadian rhythms respond to the natural blue light of sunshine more than dim office lighting, so stepping outside can provide a natural boost before a graveyard shift.

8.  Step away from technology (biskan ka dali lng).

Our smart phones make us available to anyone who sends an email or text. The entire world wide web is at our fingertips. But all that connection can be exhausting. Set boundaries so you can have phone-free time. A simple way to start: power it down while you sleep or keep it away in your locker at working hours.  Just be careful with the locker snatchers though.



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