Do you feel sluggish and tired all day long? Does your coffee pot feel like your only source of energy throughout the day? Believe it or not, you don’t need caffeine to feel energized. In fact, drinking too much caffeine can diminish your body’s natural ability to produce energy. Let’s take a look at how you can improve your mental health to get more energy without caffeine.
Get More Sleep or Better Sleep
Sleep has a lot to do with how much energy you feel during the day. If you’re getting very little sleep or the sleep you do get is not solid, you probably feel fatigued the moment you wake up. This is because your brain did not have enough time to sort through the emotions and memories of the day before. It’s as if your personal secretary called in sick for the day, and now you’re left with a big mess to clean up.
Your lack of sleep may be the result of a busy schedule, but it could also be from over-caffeinating in the day, or dealing with emotions like depression and anxiety. If you work with a therapist to overcome your depression, you could start to see positive changes in your sleeping patterns. What’s even better is that more sleep will make you feel less depressed, so the cycle continues to work in your favor!
Eliminate Sources of Stress
Stress is s surefire sleep killer. Rather than getting the rest you need, you spend half the night worried about the previous day or the next day. Try not to put yourself in that situation. If you are overstretched at work, talk to your supervisor about that. If you need help around the house, talk to your spouse or a close friend. If the bills are piling up, figure out ways to reduce or eliminate them. The more stress you can get rid of, the more energized you’ll feel.
Focus on One Task at a Time
When you feel overwhelmed, you suddenly become more tired. Your brain says, “Hey, I can’t handle anymore!” and it stops working the way you need it to. You may not be able to get rid of everything on your schedule, but you can change the way you perceive it. Rather than looking at a long lit of tasks to complete, focus on one task at a time. Your goal should be progress, not perfection, because no one is perfect. If you start to acknowledge your progress, you will feel better about yourself and your accomplishments throughout the day.
Talk to a Therapist
Your energy drain may be the result of depression, anxiety, or some other underlying issues. By talking to a therapist, you can work through these issues and find energy you never thought you had. Many of our clients say they feel more energized after just a few sessions with their depression therapist. That’s because they’re learning how to manage their depression, and they’re reducing their stress along the way. You can experience this for yourself by contacting one of our counseling centers in Wisconsin. We look forward to working with you.