There are many reasons why this is the case but the two biggest are 1) I have a 9 month old who is just now (more often than not) sleeping (almost) all the way through the night, and 2) in an attempt to grow my business, I have been blessed with more work than I should really be taking on right now, with only about nine good daytime hours in a typical work week to actually work. That means some late nights. So there is some context (whining) for you.
What to do about it?
Get more sleep. But that is just not possible right now.
After some extensive research (about 20 minutes of internet searching), I have compiled a list of strategies that may help boost my energy and don’t include increasing caffeine intake. Rather than take on all items from my list at the same time, which is sure to fail, I will be gradually adding them into my daily routine. First up: food. (Those who know me would not find this surprising.)
So over the next few weeks, I plan to:
1. Eat protein or whole grains within thirty minutes of wake up
2. Fill up my water bottle and drink it throughout the day
3. Take my multivitamins at lunch instead of breakfast
4. Make an effort to have a protein + fiber snack during that afternoon drag from about 2-4 p.m.
5. Drink a glass of milk before bed
Most of this should be pretty easy; a lot of food I need should already be on hand. It really comes down to being mindful about eating at certain times of the day. I’ll check in later with some whys (because that fulfills another resolution) and observations.
How about you? Can you add one or all of these into your routine? Tell me how it works for you.
Now, I am off to bed.