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5 More Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You're Just Plain Tired

Updated on July 26, 2016

I start a new job next week and I know I will be working long hours and will be exhausted by Labor Day Weekend (yes, my countdown has already started for the first long weekend). In an attempt to fight off this exhaustion, I'm compiling ideas of things to do when I'm feeling just plain tired, things that will help me gain both physical and emotional energy.

If you’re feeling emotionally and physically drained, take a second to look at how you’re spending your time. Are you taking time to take care of yourself? Here are 5 MORE tips to help you take a second for your health in during a busy day to help you get you're energy back and feel your best.


Journaling can really help you reflect on why you’re so tired. Are you emotionally drained? Are you getting enough sleep? Is there something physically wrong with your body? I aim to write until I don’t feel I have much more to write. Somedays that’s two sentences, other days its 2 full pages. And don’t feel you need to go out and buy a journal! There’s an app for that! There’s actually many apps for that. But I love buying new journals so I am constantly scouring the shelves of HomeGoods for a new one.

Tip: Something very popular amongst people who keep a Bullet Journal are trackers. You create a grid (habits are in rows, days are in columns) of habits, emotions, or symptoms you’d like to track and shade in each day it occurs. For the visual people or those who don’t like to write, this could be a great alternative to a traditional journal.

Visit a Favorite Place

Find a place you love and go there. I have a favorite street I walk down often. On my favorite street I found a “secret” garden tucked to the side. It’s actually a public historic landmark! I go there to think sometimes or just to take a quick break in my day. I always leave feeling more alive.

Tip: If you don’t have a favorite place, create one. Whether you have a small piece of wall to work with or an entire room in your house, create a space you love. Explore your neighborhood until you find something beautiful you can return to.

Buy Something Helpful

I’m not necessarily advocating for retail therapy here. Don’t go spending $100s of dollars on things that you don’t actually need. But think about what your needs are right now in your life. Maybe you are feeling stressed out at work. Could you buy yourself a new pen to write with or a new album off iTunes to listen to?

Tip: One of my favorite “helpful” things to buy are personal development books. Yes, those are self-help books. I try to shy away from the rah-rah books and focus more on the tangible habit changing, routine building, science based books. The writing tends to be pretty positive AND you’re learning something!

Find a Gratitude Partner

Last year, a friend and I were both feeling pretty stressed at the same time. Work and school were taking over our lives and we just felt blah all the time. We hatched the plan to be Gratitude Buddies. Every day, we texted one thing we were grateful for in our lives. We didn’t have any rules; it could be the same thing three days in a row, you didn’t have to respond if you didn’t have time. If one person forgot, the other usually remembered and if we both forgot for a day or two we didn’t stress about it. This really helped us focus on the bright spots in our days and gave us a little happiness boost in the middle of a dreary time.

Tip: Don’t feel comfortable asking someone? Set a reminder on your phone and text yourself. You’ll have a running record of all the things you’re grateful for to look back on when you need an extra energy boost!

Eat Something Healthy

My last tip is probably the most important tip. If you’re feeling crappy, you might be eating crappy. I fell victim to the in a rush grab Wendy’s kick all the time until I consciously decided I wasn’t going to eat like that any more. It’s not a meal and it just makes you feel terrible. I’m not saying I eat healthy all the time, I definitely don’t. I love me some late night Wendy’s fries and I don’t consider it a road trip if I haven’t eaten a 10 piece nuggie from McDonalds. But I don’t rely on these foods to sustain me in my everyday life. I batch prep Mason Jar salads (I know, so basic) on Sundays for the week. I cook a casserole or something in the crockpot at the beginning of the week and then have something simple ready for the last few days if I need it.

Tip: Figure out what makes you feel best at each meal. I. unfortunately, learned that I can’t have wheat products for breakfast because they make me drag all day. My favorite breakfast is bean-less chili (so basically meat sauce) with some diced potatoes and a sunny-side up egg or two. At lunch, I NEED a carb or I will not be satisfied and will spend all my mental energy figuring out where the closest snack is. I try to pack pretzels, focaccia bread, flour tortillas or even a plain old slice of bread to eat with my lunch.

There you have it! 5 more ways to have a healthier day and a more energized life. Always remember to take care of yourself; self-care is so often pushed out of our minds when we're stressed but that's really when we need it most. Try one of these tips today and please, let me know how it goes!


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