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In case you haven’t noticed, many of these posts and titles stem from what I’m currently experiencing. It’s Wednesday afternoon and quite frankly, I’m exhausted. After waking up at 5:00 a.m. to help my boyfriend guide his kindergartners (and their parents) on the first day of school, seems like it’s time to take a nap. But no, I have a community pot-luck to organize with residents scattered across 8 properties, a Behavioral Intervention Process to draft and implement, plus a forum to solidify so we can begin hosting monthly Resident’s Community Association Meetings. And this itinerary doesn’t even include my day to day responsibilities as a SOAR Program Coordinator. Phew!

As if that’s not bad enough, my final is due Friday, and I still have yet to complete my discussion questions for this graduate research course. 2 friends have birthdays this week, 8 total for this month (so many August birthdays) AND we still need to pack for the upcoming move.

If your schedule is anything like mine, read ahead for ways to sustain your energy.

Watch What You Eat

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Aside from the fact that skipping breakfast kills your metabolism, it depletes your energy as well. Reader’s Digest offers energizing breakfast ideas, while WebMD suggests increasing your fiber intake for better, sustainable energy. Other obvious suggestions include eating snacks throughout the day and staying hydrated. If you’re sick of drinking water, try Yerba Mate. The versatility of this “wonder drink” will leave you feeling revitalized. I always feel a sense of mental clarity after sipping a cup of Yerba in the mornings.

Stretch

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Don’t feel guilty if you need a five minute break to recoup, especially if you’re working a desk job. Overtime we tend to hunch and turn in towards ourselves. Take a moment to stretch your arms above your head into the victorious V pose. OR try this yoga position called the Reclining Open Chest Pose if you have a quiet, comfortable space to do so. Ironically enough, taking a moment to relax can ultimately help you focus and remain alert.

Sniff Citrus

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As a firm believer in aromatherapy, inhaling particular fragrances for optimal energy levels is a fool-proof tactic for me to feel my best. I strongly recommend citrus scents such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines to revitalize your spirit. For more information regarding aromatherapy, follow this link.

Aim for Better Rest

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Maybe you’re tired, because your sleep is interrupted? Here’s a few pointers: Become familiar with your body clock, aka, your Circadian Biological Clock. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Develop a bedtime routine and stick with the same bed-time each night, if possible. Or click here for additional tips regarding better sleep.