Everyone knows someone who can fall asleep anywhere and at any time, and if you don’t, now you do. It’s me. I am that someone. I have a habit of falling asleep in the car, on a plane, at someone else’s house, at a movie theatre, at a bar (OK, that only happened once), but you get the point. I am always down for a little nap, but it’s not because I’m lazy, I’m just always battling exhaustion. It’s a great problem to have when I am on a long flight and want to fall asleep, but overall, exhaustion isn’t so great because I’m an adult who has a career and responsibilities that need tending to.
After yawning one too many times on a Zoom call, I decided it was time to make some changes in my routine because I needed more energy and I needed it stat. Always one to lean on products and routines that prioritize wellness over quick fixes, I have found five things that have helped me combat exhaustion, and I am sharing them with you all here:
1. Energy Capsules
I am a coffee girly through and through, but I know myself better than to think I can have more than two cups of coffee. Especially if I reach for a cup in the afternoon, I start to bounce off the walls, immediately get a headache, and then crash from the jitters. For this reason, I have not allowed myself to have coffee past 10 a.m. in a long time. But when I do need some extra caffeine, I always reach for Equilibria’s Energy Capsules because they have the same amount of natural caffeine as a standard cup of coffee but the caffeine is paired with L-Theanine which is an amino acid that helps reduce mental fatigue and supports calm alertness. Taking up to two of these capsules when I need to get in the zone and have focused energy has been a game-changing addition to my routine. Try them out for yourself and use code THEEVERYGIRL for 20% off your first order at Equilibria!
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2. Low-Intensity Exercises
Back in the day (AKA before I turned 25), I would wake up and head straight to a high-intensity, bootcamp-style workout class 5-6 days a week. Looking back, I don’t know how or why I did that, but my routine looks a lot different now. While I still love a sweaty HIIT class every now and then, adding yoga and pilates into my routine has drastically helped me feel less run down and tired on a day-to-day basis. I have also been incorporating long walks on the weekends and even during my lunch break sometimes for a little refresh and boost of energy.
3. Greens Powders
Greens powders are absolutely everywhere right now including, but not limited to, all influencers’ morning routine videos, ads on Instagram and TikTok, commercials on podcasts, and even the end caps of my local grocery store. I can’t escape them even if I tried, and trust me, I did. But after a long time of trying to avoid buying into the hype, I gave in and to my wallet’s despair, I truly am better for it. Instead of starting my morning diving headfirst into a pot of coffee, I start with a huge glass of water and my greens. The vitamins, minerals, and adaptogens that are included in some of my favorite powders help deliver steady energy that lasts throughout the day.
These tablet support your energy with instant nutrients. All you have to do is drop one tablet in a glass of water, let it dissolve, and drink up.
I know that breathwork sounds woo-woo, but studies have shown that by incorporating high-frequency breathing, people can increase their ability to sustain attention. And when I am dosing off midday, it’s just what I need to get back into action. After a few minutes of guided breathwork (I love the Breathwrk app!), I feel better equipped to stay on task and power through my to-do list. And the best part is that it only takes a few minutes, so whenever I am feeling the effects of exhaustion and need a pick me up, I like to rely on this super quick but effective practice.
5. Balanced Snacks
I really do wish that popcorn and chocolate were enough to power me through the day, but your body runs off what you feed it, and I need a little more support than my favorite movie theatre snacks to beat exhaustion. In between my regular meal times, I reach for snacks that have whole grains (like oats, brown rice, and quinoa), healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, and avocado), protein (like eggs, chicken, and protein powder), and fiber (like beans, berries, and chia seeds). While I might not always check all the boxes, I notice that when I reach for more balanced snacks, I don’t feel as tired throughout the day. Some of my favorite snacks are protein bars, crackers or veggies with hummus, smoothies, and apples with peanut butter.
RX Bars are the snack I reach for the most—both at home and on the go when I need a pick me up. They have simple ingredients, come in tons of flavors, and are high in protein.
This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Equilibria, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.