5 Ways To Stop Feeling Mentally And Physically Drained

5 Ways To Stop Feeling Mentally And Physically Drained

Stop saying you're going to do it and just do it already.
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Drained (adjective): A deprivation of strength and vitality.

I'm pretty sure we've all been there. We've all experienced feeling a sudden lack of enthusiasm for life itself. Yes, majority of the times when we feel drained, there is a definite correlation between our eating habits and the amount of daily or weekly exercise we do. But there are certainly other factors besides the ones you're so used to hearing, that drain you both physically and mentally. You've probably heard of these too, but the real question is, have you actually attempted to put an end to this feeling of fatigue and weariness? Even though these are five common ways to avoid feeling drained out, I think it's actually time that we all start putting them into practice.

1. Stop over thinking.

Speaking from personal experience, if there's anything I believe I've done the most during my 20 years of living, it is overthinking. It is fair enough to say that I've almost gone mad from over-analyzing things, people and situations simply because I just want everything in my life to be perfect. Stop. Point blank. Whoever can identify themselves with being an "over thinker," you know very well that this is an action that sucks the breathing life out of you. But I'm here to tell you, it is best to stop. Start to let things flow. I know it may be hard to break those chains you're so used to being involved with, but once you begin to "let go and let God" (as the remarkable phrase states), you will notice huge changes in your life.

2. Stop striving for perfection.

If you're one of those people that strives to make every single little detail perfect, then this one's for you. You've probably heard this countless times already and you're probably sick of hearing it again, but nevertheless, I'm still going to restate it. You cannot control every single thing that happens in your life. This goes back to overthinking itself. Some things are in your control and some things are just simply not. Instead of thinking, "Why isn't everything in my life going perfectly?" Ask yourself, "What can I do to make certain things better than they are right now?" Perhaps, not entirely perfect, but just overall better.

I'm not saying you should settle for less or that you should stop going after your goal once you've reached a level of comfort. What I am saying is that it is OK to focus on steady improvement over time.

3. Take some time to focus on yourself.

Work on your craft. If you have a talent, then invest time and practice into it. Showcase it. Share your talents with other people. Collaborate with other human beings who are just as passionate about the things that excite you. Do things that are outside of your comfort zone. Going out and doing these types of things will re-energize you and spark passion in your heart once again.

4. Start reframing.

Instead of focusing on everything that you feel is going wrong in your life, start looking at the things that are going right. It all starts and begins with you, as cliche as that may sound. Instead of giving yourself negative self-talk, start by giving yourself positive pep-talks.

5. Change the direction of your ship.

If you consciously know that there is a "certain something" (whatever that may be) that is making you feel worn out, drained and overall depressed, then put a stop to it. Yes, I'm talking about anything and everything that is making you feel like a piece of dirt (whether it may be drugs, laziness, low-self esteem and so forth). If you truly want to ameliorate all feelings of exhaustion and burdens, take that leap of faith and if you need help, seek it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Even if you begin to take small steps towards the new lifestyle that you desire, that's all that matters.

Take authority of your life. If you don't, then who else will?

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Your Health Journey Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Perfection takes time.

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When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

You need yourself. You need to know that if you don't entirely put yourself in this journey, then you won't fully succeed. Your commitment to bettering yourself can keep you going even if you want to give up.

Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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