Ask anyone to give you their three first associations to the mention of the term ‘millennial’ and you can bet at least half of people will mention something related to tiredness and burnout. It seems like generation Y is suffering from the biggest disease of the modern age – constant feeling of tiredness. While the reasons for that may vary, if it’s not for medical reasons, then it must be rooted in millennials’ lifestyle so here a few things that can make a change and boost your energy and productivity.
Count Your ZZZs
Sleep deprivation won’t just give you dark circles around your eyes. It can also lead to many health problems, not to mention the damage it can bring to your energy and productivity levels. We all know how hard it is get eight hours of sleep every day, but there are some things you can do to make your ZZZs a better quality. Make it completely dark is step one; no lights, no TV, no buzzing smartphone under your pillow. Just you and the bed in the darkness to get quality sleep. Also, make use of power naps. 20 minutes during a day can feel like an energy boost, so go for it.
Eat Your Way To Productivity
It’s no secret that the way you eat and the way you feel are closely intertwined, meaning that you can tweak your diet to give yourself energy boosts. You will want to keep the glucose level in your bloodstream steady, because that’s what gives your brain mental energy. The best way to do that is by choosing what you put on your plate. Avoid sugary foods since they provide you with short-term energy only. Go for lean proteins, nuts, and, of course, fresh fruit and vegetables. You will surely feel the difference. It’s also a good idea to take natural supplements that serve as a powerful antioxidant and, as such, are essential for boosting your energy levels.
Move Your Body And Mind
It goes without saying that physical activity is a must for forever-tired millennials and it doesn’t have to be a rigorous, hitting-the-gym-five-times-a-week routine. Your brain will benefit from any kind of exercise. It’s also a good idea to include meditation and stretching in your everyday routine. That’s what will increase your focus and prevent your brain from wandering in critical situations.
Besides physically, you should also be mentally engaged as well. Step out of your comfort zone and do something for the first time. For example, living abroad can benefit your productivity and work motivation, so why not try that?
Use Every Chance To Get Up
For millennials, sitting is proved to be as harmful as smoking. That’s how harmful it can be to your health. Besides physical pain, sedentary lifestyle contributes to the constant feeling of tiredness so using every chance to get up is a must.
Young people today have every predisposition to live the sedentary life since most jobs are desk-oriented. However, you can pull a few tricks to avoid sitting all day long. For example, try a standing or adjustable height desk. Sit on an exercise ball to keep your back straight. Take a walk or stretch breaks. Anything that gets you moving is good for you.
It’s not a coincidence that decluttering is such a hit lately. Getting rid of unnecessary things in your house, office, and head is necessary if you want to live and work more productively. When your environment is full of clutter, your mind can’t focus and something always distracts you.
The same happens inside your head – cluttered mind gets tired easily and loses motivation quickly. So, clean up your office space and bring some order to your desk. But, more importantly, take a deep breath and put in some effort into decluttering your mind – you’ll feel so much better after that.
Try these five things and see for yourself. Sleeping well, monitoring your diet, getting active, and decluttering your life are the very basics of starting a new, energized life. It will also make you a lot more productive, so why not give it a shot?
Author Bio: Nicole is a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife passionate about yoga and healthy living. She enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas on how to lead a happy and healthy life. If you want to read more from Nicole you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.