Monday, November 23, 2009

Overcoming Exhaustion

In a time when we are asked to do more with less, it is difficult to maintain our energy levels. So much is expected and support may be limited, leaving us to deal with the fact that we are overstretched, tired and flat out exhausted.

Here are some ways to help overcome exhaustion:
  • Exercise. 30 minutes a day will limit the stress from going astray. Exercise helps to increase energy. Find out what time works best for you. Some are better in the morning, some mid-day some in the evening. Make time for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. Every time you make an excuse not to do it, you are reducing your energy levels. It hardly makes sense, but it’s true and scientific.
  • Know when to take breaks. In a time where the expectation is exceedingly high at times, it is important to address what your limitations are. Taking a break is okay and natural.
  • Do not overwork yourself. The majority of people are extremely productive by nature. It is important to not overwork yourself. In previous articles, I have recommended not working more than 10 hours a day to prevent exhaustion and to ensure that other areas in life are getting attention.
  • Eat regularly and healthy. Food is fuel. Eating regularly keeps energy levels optimized. Eating healthy ensures that the fuel is premium. It is recommended to eat six small meals a day in order to maintain energy levels. Eating large meals makes people feel sluggish and slower, therefore reducing energy levels.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Getting at least 7-8 hours a day is critical. It is scientifically proven. Getting less than 4-6 hours of sleep increases the heart attack rate by at least 30%. In women, this is the number one killer.
  • Find your balance. Life is not just about work. Make sure that you are balancing the other important aspect in your life. If not, your happiness will not be balanced.
  • Ask for help. There is nothing wrong with this statement. Many people work themselves too hard and not too smart. There is help out there and there are people who can help. Ask the question. People tend to want to help.

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