We’ve all been in unhealthy ruts. Maybe it’s a bad day, or maybe it’s been a hard month, but sometimes just getting out of bed is the closest you can get to “normal.” I’ve seen some lists where they frame their advice as “healthy tips for lazy girls!” But that’s not quite accurate. Sometimes you’re not lazy — you’re just mentally or physically struggling. And that can be exhausting.
So to fight off those blues, I made a quick list of four easy things you can do even when you’re in a funk. The list has some things for home and some for being out and about, so read along and take things at your own pace:
1. Drink water.
Come on. You knew this was coming.
Even though “drink more water” is on pretty much every health list ever, I think it’s extra important to think about if you’re dealing with chronic tiredness. Dehydration can quickly sneak up and leave you pretty much wilting. And the worst part? All those energy drinks we often chug to “fix” the problem (sigh) usually make things worse.
If you’re having a rough day and there’s only one tip you can follow, try doing this one by grabbing a glass of water. Just place it by your bed or wherever you’re relaxing. And your water intake gets even easier with a handy bottle to keep it in! I personally like bottles with soft spouts – like the Camelbak ones here – since you can just sip away for the rest of the day without worrying about spills.
2. Buy frozen veggies.
After the “drink more water” section, it makes sense I’m coming to the “eat healthy” option. Buttttttt let’s be honest: eating healthy is easier said than done. I logically know that when I’m in a bad mood I should be eating something with nutrients to help pep me up. But when you’re super tired, cooking a big meal is the last thing you want to do.
My tired girl solution: get frozen veggies! While all fruits and veggies can help your body out, I say “frozen” in particular because you can save them up for whenever your tired times hit you. And fun fact: contrary to what you might have heard, frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh ones. They’re super versatile and I always feel a bit better knowing I’m eating something that helps my body. Even on your most exhausting days, you can just whip up a packet of instant rice or pasta, throw in some veggies, and know you’re making a good decision.
3. Download a relaxing app.
If the world outside just seems like too much, you can start making progress from right inside your own bedroom. An easy step without much effort is to download mental health related apps.
I don’t know if it’s because people are more open about mental health these days, but the app store has more options than you’d expect. While there are plenty to try out – and I may even make a app round-up post sometime – my personal favorite is myNoise. It’s a sound generator with everything from calm nature tracks to gentle rain effects. And one of the best parts is how you can literally go in there and custom edit the specific tones and qualities all you want — and all for free.
As for physical health, there’s other great options to keep you in check, like water trackers or self check-ins (one of which I review over here). Taking some time to get in touch with your body always pays off and it’s all easy to access from your phone.
4. Think of something you want – and walk to it.
This one is my personal favorite since I’m a total homebody. It’s sometimes a bit to easy to forget about the simple things that can make you feel better…like, well, the outdoors. And moving. And sunlight. But since this post is about us tired girls, this is an easy option that doesn’t involve running a mile or heading to the gym. Heck, you can go walking in your sweatpants if you really wanna.
First step? Pick a place or a thing that would make you happy. I talk about this personal technique a bit in another post, but a self-care tip I enjoy is thinking of one activity that would make me happy, right in that moment, and quickly knocking it out.
Perhaps you’re feeling a Starbucks run? Or maybe you just head to the local park and take in the fresh air? I’m lucky enough to live in a city with great weather year around, so it’s always nice to take a walk outside and (slowly) get moving. You don’t need a crazy workout routine to start making healthy changes. Sometimes just enjoying the world outside your house is enough to put your mind in a better direction.
Being tired out is never fun, but some of these tricks making staying healthy a bit easier. Do you have any tips for staying healthy even when you’re low on energy? Let me know and share the love. 😘