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That picture you see up there was taken yesterday afternoon. What you might see when you look at that photo are some groceries that eventually need put away.
No big deal, right?
What I see is an impossible feat of physical and mental endurance. Sort of like climbing Mt. Everest…or running a marathon…or competing in the Olympic Games with one hand tied behind my back.
I have felt so tired lately that simple tasks, like putting away groceries, are enough to make me want to go cry in a corner somewhere. Oh, how I wish I was joking!
But since there’s no crying in homemaking (now I’m totally joking – I cry all the time!), I don’t have the luxury of giving in to a breakdown every time I feel exhausted to the point of tears. There’s work that needs done, and I can’t sit around waiting for some magical energy to land on me. My world isn’t going to slow down just because I do.
One obvious solution to my exhaustion problem would be to get more sleep (well, duh!). For me, that isn’t a solution I can make happen right now.
My husband is working crazy hours, and it’s more important to spend time with him than it is to get extra sleep. And, honestly, not spending time with my sweetie has a much worse effect on me than missing sleep. That’s a proven fact.
While there are lots of things we can do to help fight off exhaustion, I think we all go through seasons when dealing with the root of our exhaustion isn’t possible. Maybe the baby isn’t sleeping through the night, or you’re working two jobs, or you’re trying to finish some home renovations before moving into the new house.
Whatever the cause, sometimes exhaustion doesn’t play by the rules. Sometimes, we need to need to figure out how to survive the season, even if we can’t solve the issues.
Here are some tips for pushing through the burn and making it to the end of the day:
1. Drink a glass of water.
I honestly think that dehydration is one of the leading causes of feeling tired. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make me drink the amount of water I should. I actually bought this glass water bottle to give me a little incentive to drink the water I need (it’s working so far!).
2. Brew some tea or grab a drink that makes you feel human.
First of all, drinking some coffee, tea (I really like this kind), juice, or whatever you like can make you feel a little bit of happiness. That’s a good thing! And if it takes a few minutes for your yummy treat to brew, you can use the “reward” as motivation to toss in a load of laundry or unload the dishwasher.
3. Eat a quick energy snack of some protein or healthy carbs.
When you feel like you can’t move a muscle, try to eat a little something healthy. A piece of fruit or some nuts are the perfect choice. I, on the other hand, decided to eat a piece of pizza. Or maybe two pieces of pizza. Don’t judge.
4. Do something.
It defies logic, but for some odd reason, working at a task gives energy. If you can just pick yourself up out of the chair and try to accomplish something – anything – the adrenaline starts pumping out energy you didn’t think you had.
I like to start with some easy tasks first for quick success. I give priority to tasks that make me feel peace, like making my bed. And I force myself to attack the necessities, like putting those groceries away and washing the dishes.
Once the house no longer looks like a complete disaster area, I give myself permission to quit. I can sit down and enjoy some relaxation. But usually, once I get moving, I’m ready to keep on working so I feel like I’ve done more than just survive the day. In the end, I always feel like I’ve been productive.
Different seasons of life will come with various challenges, and sometimes exhaustion hits us just when we need our energy the most. But thankfully, we don’t have to give in to feeling like our energy has run out. These basic steps will give us the boost we need, even when we don’t have the luxury of a long nap!
How do you fight exhaustion and push through a sluggish day?