Post # 1
So, I’m a teacher. I currently have a school day that runs from 7:50-2:30, so I get out earlier than any other schools around. That also means I have to get up pretty early.
My fiance gets off work at 5:30 and is typically home by 6. But by that time I’m just worn out, and we miss out on “us” time by how lethargic and tired I am. I usually am ready to sleep by 7:30-8, but go to bed at 9-10 to be with him more. I also try to get my errands done early in the week so I can head straight home from work (which is a rarity this year since I’m planning a wedding). One day a week I run an after-school activity that sometimes requires me to drive kids around town until about 5. Most days I’m too tired after all this to work out or do all the things I really want to do, like sit and read.
When I started teaching in 2013, I was really good about getting up early (5:30-ish) and having some time to kill before school. Now it’s a struggle, and I get out of bed at 6:15. In my mind I know that if I got up at 5:30, I would have time to use my at-home elliptical and to shower, eat, pack for the day, etc.
How can I end this cycle of perpetual exhaustion? I know that exercise plays a key role here (consistent exercise). I also can’t drink coffee because I have interstitial cystitis. Just looking for a little wisdom in getting the pistons to fire a bit better than they are.
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library
This may be an obvious suggestion, but have you tried taking a nap before your fiance gets home?
Post # 3
I’m in the exact same boat as you. My day goes from 7:30-3:00 and I like to try and stay after school to do work but I’m always so tired, I’m home by 4:00. I also run a few youth programs at night so my time from 4:00-6:00 is usually spent laying on the couch because I’m tired. Then I get home around 8, shovel food in my mouth, Kay around some more, then go to bed.
I have all these grand plans of getting up early to work out, cook healthy meals at home, projects I want to get done, wedding planning (which I’ve barely touched or enjoyed since November) but I’m just so exhausted and fed up. Part of it is I’ve stretched myself too thin (and I’m currently making moves to correct that) but there must be something I can do to get more energized.
Post # 4
Set your alarm clock across the room, set it for 5:30, and DON’T GET BACK IN BED EVER. It’s so hard, but once you’re doing something else, it’s not nearly as easy to lay back down. I get up at 5:20, and am out the door running by 5:30. There isn’t a single day that I don’t want to go back to sleep right after my alarm, but once my exercise clothes are on, there is no point. And every day that I run I have a million times more energy for the rest of the day.
I haven’t needed coffee since starting this routine. Good luck, lady. Remember, just get past that first step between turning off your alarm and laying back down. Do ANYTHING ELSE but lay down and it will be easier. YOU GOT THIS!
Post # 5
justwondering2015: Start working out. And I know working out is the LAST think you want to do if you are tired, but trust me, it will help. When I don’t work out for two weeks I get SOOOO tired, and then I don’t want to go, but once I do go it takes about 48-72 hours and my energy level goes up a lot. Plus taking a cat nap when you get home should work. I have a friend that is on the radio and she is up every day at 12am (yes, 12am). She gets off work at 10am, and then takes a nap before her hubby gets home in the evening. She’s been doing it for years and it works for her!