(Closed) Busy Bees–Where do you get the energy?

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Post # 3
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just gotta keep pushing on! I get a lot of energy from loving my job, but right now, I work in the lab 3 days a week, the clinic one day a week, one day of thesis writing, and night classes 3 nights a week. I am tired already! But I am amped by what I’m doing and I think it’s worth it, as I’m sure being an early childhood teacher is too 🙂

But sometimes, you just gotta sit on the couch for a minute! I unwind by cooking dinner with my husband, watching Netflix and eating dinner with him before I dive back into work.

Post # 4
1594 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011



no, totally just kidding.  

I’m already married but when I was planning, I was at work full time and college full time so I was insanely tired.  I was a fan on going to sleep as soon as I could during the week (like at 9 pm instead of 1130) and by the weekend, I was awake and happy being up at 6/7 am to get stuff done.  I’d work on wedding or homework for a few hours, take a little nap around 10 ish, eat lunch, and then I have the rest of the day to chill!

Post # 5
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

Healthy organic non-processed food, with lots of prootein, vitamins and minerals (not vegetarian but lots of veggies and fruit, not too much meat, and low on starches). To drink, RO water and fresh lightly roasted coffee. No soda pop, no candy bars, no fast food or bar food.

You are what you eat (and drink)!

Exercise will (ironically) give you more energy too, especially if you’re busy-but-sedentary (largely desk work) like me. And getting 8 hours sleep per night. No, 6 is totally not enough.

ETA: And when adjusting to a higher activity load, it is totally normal to feel like crashing on the couch when you finally get home. Take some time (at least a month) to adjust before you start worrying about it.

Post # 6
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I definitely remember an adjustment period when I started working full time, but I second the suggestion for exercise. I like to work out in the morning because it wakes me up and keeps my spirit high for the rest of the day. My FH exercises right after work. He’s usually super tired, but goes for a quick run and then feels refreshed.

Do you live in a city that’s bike friendly? When I used to cycle to work, I was refreshed all day long and my productivity levels were so high! There have been lots of studies about the benefits of cycling to work and productivity, but really, it just has to do with getting your heart rate up for a bit.

Edited to add: I AM NOT A GYM RAT. I totally hate the gym and I’m not athletic. Working out to videos in my living room is just how I get over my general lethargy. 

Post # 7
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sheepandbear:  I’ve always felt like that working full time. Up at 6:30, at work by 8, leave by 5, gym by 6..home by 7:30..clean up, make dinner, flop on the couch until bed time. Lather, rinse, repeat.


Post # 8
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Well , anytime you start a new job, it will take time for your body to adjust to your new schedule. Plus, your an ECE teacher so your basically upbeat putting on a show all day for the kids (I used to teach ECE). 


I really have no advice though becuase lately I have been thinking the same thing. I work 8-4 M-F during normal weeks. Right now though, I am taking a class two nights a week so my 8-4 turns into 8am-9pm two nights a week. I am exhausted! Luckily it ends in two weeks but still, I dont know how people do it. I was just having this conversation with Fiance and explaining how I dont want to work full time once we have a baby cause I dont know how people do it…its so tiring…I literally come home grumpy and tired everyday…


Maybe we need vitamins? 


Hopefully someone on here has a cure. lol

Post # 9
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i was wokrking 15 hours per day on weekdays and at least 5 on weekends while planning a wedding.  i found that i have more energy when i eat well.  otherwise i feel like i need an afernoon nap just to make it through the day.  it doesn’t help that i have terrible allergies so my body is tired from fighting allergens.

Post # 10
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sheepandbear:  I work in ECE, too!

I promise, the first week is SO hard! SO is the entire first month or two!

But after that, you’ll stop falling asleep at 7pm, I promise!

Post # 11
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Proper nutrition, supplements, and exercise does it for me!

Post # 12
9124 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

This time of year, I work 12-13 hour days (wildlife biologist). I’m also trying to fit in ~60 minutes of exercise most days. I drink a ton of water and multiple cups of coffee a day…

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