Are your batteries running out faster than your iPhone? Find out how the perfect recharge has nothing to do with extra sleep.
You just got back from an awesome holiday, a work promotion is on the cards (woot!), your 5km-a-day run means you’re looking (and feeling) fit, and things are actually going well with that guy you’re seeing. But when anybody asks ‘How are you?’ your automatic response is to regale them with how hard it is to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, despite getting hours of ZZZs.
So why, oh why, are you so freakin’ tired all the time? In an explanation fit for the digital age, Dr Libby Weaver, author of ’Exhausted To Energised’, says that we should be as concerned about our depleted energy levels as we are with our phone batteries. “All these tasks zooming around in your head never close because you never complete them.
We flatten our battery so fast when we have all those open tabs of tasks that we haven’t
completed.” So how do we plug in and power up? By closing those tabs, that’s how.
THE HELL-YES TEST
Sometimes life can feel like a series of relentless requests. Whether it ’s your boss wanting you to manage the intern, or your mum pressuring you to have dinner with your cousin, the desire to please is hard to shake. We often end up saying we’ll do things when we don’t actually want to, creating even more open tabs in our life.
“A lot of people are yes-a-holics,” says Dr Weaver. “We aren’t taught to have boundaries and it can make us fatigued.” Learning to flex your “no” muscle is challenging, so Dr Weaver recommends using the ‘hell yes’ buffer when deciding whether you want to do something.
“If the answer is not [an instant] hell yes, then it needs to be no. You can say no simply, with kindness, graciously, and you don’t have to give a reason.”