First thing that came to mind was this Kit-Kat advertisement I used to see on the television all the time when I was young 😂 How ironic it is, that this can exactly what actually hinders you from truly having a break (explained later).
Have you ever felt so sick of your life? Being so tired of it all, yet feeling so helpless and unsure of what to do? It might be due to a stressful period in your job, personal life etc., we’ve all been there.
Im so tired today. Just want to lie down to stay in bed and watch Netflix. Or scroll facebook/instagram/youtube. To waste a couple hours or even the whole day and not have to worry or care about what the rest of the world thinks of me being unproductive. Who cares? Im so sick of it all.
However, we can’t lie in bed forever. Usually after a couple days or weeks, we finally have enough of being tired and unproductive at home. We get sick of not doing anything and decide to listen to that small inner voice telling us to ‘GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!’.
I LOVE THIS FEELING
This feeling of enough is enough. Its time to put my foot down and do something instead of mopping around the house being absolutely unproductive at all. TIME TO GET TO WORK.
What now then you may ask? Here are a couple good pointers on where to start.
- Start eating healthy again. Ditch that bag of chips on the table. Dump that tub of ice cream you binge on when you feel down. Chuck those snacks away! (including lollies, chocolates etc. the list goes on and on) These unhealthy food provide absolutely no help, rather cause way more harm to you than you can imagine. It probably contains way too much sugar that would spike your insulin levels in your body, leading you to feel a crash not long after. This contributes to you to always feel tired and unproductive!
- Start exercising again. Exercising has been linked to the release of endorphins that help make you “feel good”. These are what runners and people who exercise refer to as a “runners high”. Imagine having your current mood supercharged and boosted to an awesomely high level. YES! Thats absolutely what it does. Imagine a drug that makes you feel super good and positive about life and has a side effect of you losing weight, and with no negative side effects. Wouldn’t you take it? Most of us would pop that pill in without a second thought isn’t it? Yes! Its available and absolutely legal. However, its not in the form of a pill. Its even better. You just need to start exercising right now. Its now of never! If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of exercise, read this!
- Start sleeping/waking up earlier. Waking up earlier has been linked to so many positive resultant effects, some of which include weight loss, increased productivity, elevated mood, better quality of sleep and less time spent trying to fall asleep etc. What else? If you wanna wake up early, you gotta get to bed earlier isn’t it? This too comes with its own set of benefits! Refer to this article from TIME. What I like to do is to think of 10pm-2am being this crucial period for my body to rest, relax and rejuvenate itself by detoxifying itself. During sleep, our bodies aren’t just lying there doing nothing! Here’s what goes on! Clearing of metabolic waste products produced throughout the day, regulation of hormones, the day’s memories etc. We all need our beauty sleep and rest from work don’t we? Lets not forget to give our bodies the break it needs too. Its a machine, and if not taken care and ‘serviced’ often, it can break down and we don’t want that do we?
- Write down your goals PHYSICALLY. Not on your phone, not on your laptop. ON A PIECE OF PAPER. Go old school. Although technology has its perks, old school habits have theirs too. This is one of them. By writing down your plans and to-do lists/things you want to achieve, you have a way better mental picture of what you want to get done. Also, whilst writing down, don’t be vague. (E.g. lose weight) Be specific! Outline your steps and how you intend to get it done. Whilst completing my ACE personal training course, we were taught how to create effective workout plans for our clients. Use this acronym. Create a SMART goal. SMART stands for..
- S- Specific
- M- Measurable
- A- Attainable
- R- Relevant
- T- Time-bound
A poor example of a plan would be for me to lose weight. (Why is this poor? Thats because its VAGUE! How much weight? No time limit. No plan.) Unfortunately, the vast majority of us have such plans..
Remember this quote-
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
An example of a SMART goal would be for me to lose 3kg bodyweight (Specific and Measurable), in 6 months (Time-bound, and self-checked with my future work/study schedule (Relevant) that I know I will be able to stick to this plan and thus, Attainable.)
- Last but not least, start somewhere, start with small, baby steps. I don’t think we can achieve a million and one things in a day! The main idea is to be consistent, and just start doing it. I elaborate more in this post!
I hope this has been helpful guys! Always on the lookout for new and interesting thoughts.