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I always found myself asking, why the am I so exhausted all the time?
It was driving me crazy being so tired all the time.
I was sick and tired of being tired. It was so frustrating to wake up in the morning feeling great, ready to tackle the world... telling myself I would get so much done today. Then, by afternoon I was ready to crash again and the fatigue felt more powerful than my motivation to get up and clean the kitchen.
I was overwhelmed. I felt like there was constantly so much on my plate.
Being a working mom is tough. Between nonstop housework, yard work, my full-time business, cooking dinner, packing lunches, running errands, taking the kids to school, picking them up, helping them with homework... taking care of the dogs, helping my husband, being there for after school activities, sports practices and games... the list goes on, and on.
Sometimes, I didn't know how I would get it all done.
Focus was a Struggle
At one point, the fatigue was starting to just feel like a nightmare. No matter how much I slept, I felt exhausted all the time. It was hard to work and actually be able to focus to get a project done, because all I wanted to do was crawl back into my bed.
I felt like I was a terrible parent because I didn't have energy to do anything fun with the kids after work, I barely got through the days as it was. I started sending them to their father when they asked for something.
Dishes kept piling up, housework kept getting put off for tomorrow... and my work performance started suffering! If someone showed up at my house unannounced, I would be mortified for them to see how messy it had gotten because I just didn't have the energy to clean it up. What was wrong with me? My motivation had seemed to have flown out the window right with my energy. It was a struggle just to get the basics done each day.
In fact, I felt like I was just going through the motions each day, and I didn't like it. I guess the best way to describe this feeling is like a "brain fog"... I didn't have clarity, energy and motivation to live and power on!
Fast Forward to Today
Because it was driving me crazy being so tired all of the time, I got really serious about my fatigue. I wanted to look at what I was doing that might be causing this and see if I could do better. My exhaustion was killing the quality of my life, and affecting everyone around me.
I have to say, today, I feel absolutely awesome and I'm so excited to be writing this post. If you're struggling with fatigue, then I know you understand how frustrating it is! I know what it is like to feel like crud all of the time and just want to have energy so you can get things done and be productive.
Here are some things I started doing:
#1 - 4D Drink Powder
You guys...I can't do Red Bull or ANY of those kinds of energy drinks, just no. Anyway, you know those little flavor packets you can put into water bottles? I had always hoped there was something like that out there that was full of VITAMINS and other natural ingredients like herbs and supplements, but I could never find anything like that. Until now!
4D reached out to me a while back and I'm always hesitant to write about any brand unless I try it and see for myself if it works. I've yet to find any drink supplement that tastes good, isn't a hassle to make... or doesn't cost an arm and a leg. So, I didn't have super high hopes to be honest.
When I researched their product, I did get excited because they had great reviews and their drink mix has 30 ingredients with some cool benefits for stuff besides energy like: focus, immunity, hair, and more. It was just what I had been looking for. It has Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B2, B6, B12, and others. It has Potassium, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Maca Root Powder, and more. It has zero calories and zero sugar. They gifted me some of their packets to try out.
It Worked Fast!
Within 10 minutes, I started to feel extremely focused. My brain fog lifted, I had energy and it lasted all day.
I take two 16 ounce water bottles, ice and 1 packet of the drink mix and put it in a big cup or bottle. The flavors are DELICIOUS, and I don't feel like I'm drinking any kind of supplement.
Tip: I recommend using a lot of water, I use 32 ounces minimum for 1 packet + ice. On the package it says just do 16 ounces, but for me it's way too strong tasting. When I add more water, the taste is really good, and has become something I look forward to drinking.
Now, when I drink this, I feel like I'm pumping energy into my body. I only drink it once a day and only if I need it now.
I love the focus it gives me so I can work. I find myself motivated, working, cleaning, handling life... and not feeling run down or skipping a beat. I am a customer for life on this. If you do try it out, you can use the code SAVE30 for 30% off any single unit box of 4D.
Always consult with your Doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
#2 - Drink Enough Water
I know you're probably thinking, oh what a boring tip! However, this one is one that I've been recommending to everyone I know lately that says "I'm so tired all the time!"
A while back my friend kept telling me, "you don't drink enough water." I was like, yes I do. Then, I stopped to think what my day looked like when it came to drinking.
I started with coffee in the morning, and would usually have a soda with lunch. I then might have an iced coffee in the afternoon on my way home. With dinner I would have another soda, or possibly water. Before bed, I would drink some water or juice with a snack. I realized I literally wasn't drinking any plain water throughout the day, and if I was... it wasn't enough.
SO, I just experimented to see if it would make a difference. I grabbed a cup, ice, water and a straw. I sip things so much faster/easier with a straw for some reason. I drank 8 glasses of water throughout the day, and realized... wow, I had steady energy all day! I felt really good and it's truly been life changing. I feel like my skin is more hydrated as well. I don't over do it, I know some bloggers have posted about drinking a gallon of water a day. I don't do that, because I'm not sure if it flushes out other nutrients in your body. I've read you can actually drink too much water, so I stick with the recommendations. I'm telling you, just giving my body the right amount of water it needs to function, it has given me more zest for life!!
#3 - I Cut Out Processed Foods
When I eat a bunch of junk, I pay for it later. I have tried to limit the amount of fast food and processed food I consume. I do my best to eat more organic fruits and vegetables, drink more water and eat less processed meals like frozen microwave dinners. I got really serious about my diet, and what I was putting into my body. What I eat plays a huge role in how I feel. When I get tired, I get lazy and don't feel like cooking or eating healthier. That's when I start grabbing the easy stuff... but that easy stuff just makes my fatigue worse!
#4 - Don't Oversleep
I'm not sure if this is a thing but, the more I sleep the more tired I am throughout the day. When I actually get in a routine and go to bed at a normal time and wake up when I'm supposed to... I have a lot more energy throughout the day. I always aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and I'm good to go. The second I start letting myself stay up late and sleep in late... I'm toast!!
#5 - If I Start to Feel Tired
In the past, when I felt tired I would immediately tell myself I couldn't go anymore. I would lay on the couch with a cozy blanket and snuggle up to a TV show and sleep for 45 minutes to an hour before anyone got home from school.
I swear, this made me more tired later and then I would get a second wind late at night and not be able to fall asleep. This was a vicious cycle!
Now, instead of aiming for the couch... I go outside and go for a walk. Just 10-15 minutes of walking in the sunshine literally does so much for me. I also grab some water and hydrate (this is so important!) and the tired feeling leaves and I'm back to work! My Doctor once told me, "if you MUST take a nap, make it a power nap and do not let yourself go over 20 minutes." Power naps have been great for me as well and really do give me some quick energy to get through the rest of the day feeling more "reset/refreshed."
A lot of times for me, it's just about making myself "get up and go" and not running to go lay down. If you can do that when you're feeling tired, you would be surprised how quick you'll get some energy. Exercise is also something that gives me a boost!
#6 - Take Vitamins
I take a multi-vitamin daily and I feel really good taking it. I'm going to be honest, I don't know for SURE if it changes my fatigue levels but I do think it helps. Just like we need water to function, we need other vitamins and nutrients. I love taking gummy vitamins because they taste good and are so easy to take every day. Always consult with your Doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement.
#7 - Self Care - Are You Doing Too Much?
Sometimes, you might just be doing too much. Make time weekly for YOU. Time for you to sit, relax with a book and a cup of tea. Take a relaxing bath with essential oils... your body needs you to relax and take care of it so you can keep going. You don't want to push yourself over the limit.
I did this once, and kept getting sick. I was constantly on the go, pushing myself like crazy. I went from having strep throat one month, to the flu the next. I went to my Doctor freaking out asking her to please do something because I had a basketball game on Tuesday, family photos on Wednesday, Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Black Friday shopping on Friday... I just kept listing the days off. She cut me off, looked at me calmly and said... "stop, your body is telling you something right now. Listen to it."
#8- See Your Doctor
This brings me to my next point: You could have something underlying that is causing your fatigue. If water doesn't help, exercise, diet, rest, etc... (you know, the basic things!) you could have low levels of certain things in your body, or something else going on. Your Doctor can run tests and find out! ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR!
Thank You For Reading!
I hope this helped you. Remember, I am not a Doctor I am just a blogger sharing my experiences. None of this is meant to take place of medical or professional advice.
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