The end of the year is crashing down upon us. And after a year like 2020, it’s no wonder the majority of us feel like we’ve been hit by a freight train most days. If you’re feeling a bit blah. Why not try these TastyMoments – approved tips to recharge those batteries so you can make the home stretch to December with ease.
We know, we know. It’s the last thing you feel like doing after a long day. BUT, there is some science to back the recommendation. According to EverydayHealth.com, “any exercise or physical activity that gets the heart rate up and the blood flowing and releases endorphins is going to raise your energy level.” They recommend you choose something that you enjoy doing, otherwise it will most certainly feel like a chore. We’re fans of yoga because it has the added benefit of lowering anxiety and improving our mood. There are a million and one free yoga classes online, so you have no excuse NOT to grab your phone and follow their instructions. Trust us; you will feel better.
Take A Break From Screens And Social Media
After a year of doom-scrolling on Facebook, we’re even more addicted to our devices than ever. It’s time to ditch the device and be present in the real world. Social media is full of news and commentary designed to get as many clicks and ad-impressions as possible. It is in their interest to serve us bad or shocking stories. All this does is make you feel powerless, tired and often depressed. And, it makes you compare yourself to others, a surefire way to further exhaust a tired mind. You may ask, “how can I be so miserable when everyone on Instagram looks so happy?” It’s easy to forget that social media is a platform in which people can control what they share. No one shares photos of the day their child was sick, the car broke down, and they had a fight with their loved one. Those days happen, trust us, you just don’t ever see them in your feed. If you’re feeling burnt-out, put down your phone, play with your kids or do something nice for yourself. It really will help you feel a bit better.
Eat Good Food, Frequently
Look, we’re the first people to admit that nothing soothes our souls like a slice of Ital Pizza Thicka on a bad day. Nothing wrong! However, these aside, you should try and eat as many whole foods and plants as you can. Also, try to dump the fizzy, sugary soft drinks and opt for sparkling water instead. Sugar is a temporary energy booster but leaves your fuel tank even emptier once the sugar rush has worn off.
As George Bernard Shaw once said, “we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”. We will take it even further and say, we get tired when we stop playing too. Whatever you think is fun, do it. Jump on a trampoline, get an adult-colouring book, roll around in the yard, play hide and seek with the kids. Do anything that makes you laugh and forget about your problems for a while. We often get so self-involved that our challenges can feel insurmountable. By playing a bit, you not only distract yourself, but you also develop a sense of perspective. Things that may feel like the end of the world, just aren’t that bad when you’re hugging your kids (or dogs).
And if all else fails, remember, there’s always pizza in the freezer.
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