3:00 AM 15th January 2022
Brits Feel Tired 'All Of The Time'
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New research has found that one in eight Brits feel tired ‘all of the time’
As we enter the new year after the busy festive period, many of us may feel it takes time to get back into a routine without feeling exhausted.
If you are still feeling run down post-party season, Essential Living has shared five mindful ways you can revitalise your mind and body throughout the day to maintain those positive vibes.
Mindfulness meditation has a number of positive health benefits, including improving your immune system function, improving interpersonal relationships, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Meditating is surprisingly simple. All you need to do is find someplace quiet and relaxing, and dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes to freeing your mind of thoughts, deliberately letting each thought go until you achieve a pure state of mindfulness.
Whilst it may take some practice to get used to the process, once you do, you'll start noticing yourself more hyper-focused in everyday situations.
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Particularly for those who stare at screens all day, your brain can start to feel tired and lacking in creativity. Therefore, reading a piece of fiction or perhaps something related to your job before a meeting will help reactivate your brain.
The more often you read, the more accustomed your brain will become at storing information, improving your intelligence. All that information will eventually come in handy as you engage in conversations, work on projects, and try to solve complex problems.
Now that remote working is a permanent part of many peoples lives, it is easy to go whole days without socially interacting with work colleagues or friends. However, social interaction is extremely important for keeping your brain energised and educated.
You'd be amazed what you can gain from a simple conversation. Social interactions allow you to learn new facts, new perspectives, and new ideas, and all the while, you'll develop your abilities to focus, learn, and analyse a situation.
Physical exercise is proven to have a positive effect on your mental health, providing more oxygen-rich blood to your brain, giving you direct and temporarily greater mental stimulation.
Even a small amount of exercise, whether it be a few minutes walking, jogging or a few stretches, will help to stabilise your mood and increase focus and attention.
The short-term and long-term benefits of physical exercise (both aerobic and anaerobic) are well worth the time investment, particularly if completed once or twice a day.
Deep breathing (the kind used in meditation) will help you focus and feel energised throughout your day. Try to conduct breathing exercises whenever you start to feel tired or stressed.
Then inhale slowly and deeply through your nose and into your abdomen, until your lungs are full.
Pause for a few seconds, then exhale slowly through the mouth, making a quiet whooshing sound, until your lungs are empty. Repeat the process until you start to feel calmer and more mentally prepared to continue your day.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position, keeping your legs and spine straight and place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.
Despite the uncertainty of further restrictions, there are still safe ways you can socially interact following social distancing guidelines.