Post in collaboration with Yushoi Snacks
Some days, I’m just really really tired, like all I can do is sit on the sofa and not do anything except cuddle a blanket tired.
Mental exhaustion is something I’ve experienced since I was 17, hitting hard post-GCSE (how I didn’t get it before I’ll never know) and led to me one day coming home between school and work and having a 2 hour nap on the sofa after having my head stroked for 2 minutes. Bliss, but not ideal every day.
As you’ll know by now, I’ve partnered with Yushoi Snacks over the year to talk about the importance of balance in life, and how eating a healthy high-protein snack can help you keep on track with a healthy lifestyle (plus their vegan friendly flavours are fab!), and today I want to talk about how mental exhaustion has led to a few unbalanced times in my life and how I aim to reset and keep on track when it hits.
Firstly, I can exercise for hours, go on a long walk, and spend the day cooking for ten and feel okay, but a day spent thinking, working, and travelling (and days where all three are combined) really knock me out.
It makes it hard to focus on things, demotivates me, and makes me want to sit on my own with no stimulants (aka social media) until I feel normal again.
It makes my energy sluggish and tired but keeps my brain active, and makes sleep hard (unless I massage my head and work those points until I’m zonked out). It’s a time stealer and I have to sign off mornings/afternoons/whole days to it, but by recognising it I’ve come up with a few things that I personally find a huge help in rebalancing my energy and manage any exhaustion that comes up:
1. Have a productive day before and an easy day after
If you know you’re going out or working a longer day than usual, try to fit in what you can around those days and get the things you really need out the way completed first (i.e. for me it’s photographing all my posts for the week and planning the written content) and when you’re needing an easier brain day afterwards, do something less thinky like editing or emails to stay equally on-top of life but a bit easier on the brain. It helps me a lot, and usually by the afternoon I’m ready to jump back into normal work.
2. Listen to music
Most problems can be cured with music; I’ve found plugging myself into my fave album or playlist for 30 minutes allows me to get lost in my own world and disconnects me from my feelings, thoughts, and emotions for a short amount of time that I feel ready to go again. If you can’t really afford to plan days or get everything done productively, just raise your serotonin and endorphin levels for an instant boost (combine it with your faves awkward 80s dance moves for extra stress release)
3. Have an early night, eat good food, and try to have minimum tv/electronic device time
I try so hard to do this one, as I get stuck watching another episode of OUAT or scrolling on Instagram, but if you can find that willpower to eat dinner at a reasonable time, turn the telly off by 8pm, and climb into bed by 10pm, then you’ll be guaranteed a great restorative sleep that will make you more than revitalised for the next day – what mental exhaustion ey?
4. Sit down all day if you have to
Because sometimes, sitting down is the cure for everything. It’s comfy, it’s easy, and if it means a bit of trashy TV to keep you going then be my guest. Enjoy that write off time and let yourself off for a while.
Now I’m going to try and plan ahead for the week and get ahead of my impending ultra busy week – cue Haim on repeat and lots and lots of blanket breaks!
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