subconscious habits

7 subconscious habits that made me feel sluggish and drained of energy the moment i woke up in the morning

why do i feel sluggish and drained of energy the moment i wake up in the morning?

This was one question that I always kept asking till the time that I discovered that…

How many of us, when we wake up in the morning,  feel sluggish and drained of our energy in the body? How long does this feeling last? An hour? Two Hours? Sometimes, this feeling carries forward throughout the entire day and impacts our performance on day-to-day tasks, some of which are important.

We all have days in our daily lives where we feel drained of energy and sluggish. Sometimes, we feel like no matter what we do, we just can’t seem to shake off that lethargy and that feeling of laziness. It’s frustrating, and it can make it difficult to focus on productive tasks or enjoy our day-to-day activities.

However, did you know that this sluggish feeling may be the result of subconscious habits without you even realizing it? Here, we’ll explore some of those daily little habits that unknowingly drain the body’s energy levels without even realizing it.

subconscious habit # 1: i was guilty of skipping breakfast as part of my subconscious habits.

Having breakfast, as part of subconscious habits over time, skipping breakfast or a breakfast without the required nutrients can often leave us feeling tired and sluggish and can even lead to overeating later in the day with our already depleted energy levels.

In the rush hour weekdays, breakfast for me was a quickie with a sandwich stuffed in my mouth while hurrying through the door!

On weekends, after a party on Friday, waking up late in the day, it was a late brunch in bed, with bouts of sex by the side!

No wonder then that breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. It’s supposed to rev up the body’s metabolism and provide the energy needed by the body to get through the morning till noon.

The logic is that after having rested through the night, the body is depleted of all the nutrients and it needs a healthy refill of fuel to run effectively throughout the day.

However, as part of subconscious habits developed over a period of time, many of us are guilty of skipping breakfast in the rush to get out the door in the morning. This is true particularly of youngsters. Most of us are stuck in the rush hours between home and work, running short of time thanks to the late night show on TV and having forgotten to set the alarm clock.

We need to rush to the office as we have no other option. Make it a habit to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast, even if it means waking up 15 minutes early in the morning. Sacrificing 15 minutes of sleep for a healthy breakfast will be one habit for which your body will thank you once you grow older.

SUBCONSCIOUS HABIT # 2: not paying attention to hydration levels

The sight of drinking water reminded me of the water bottle that I carried to school and the lecture that I got at home, if it was full by mistake till the time that I reached home in the afternoon! It is common knowledge that nearly 75% of the human body consists of water. The irony is that most of us, as a part of our subconscious habits, often neglect plain water or replace it with more tastier options like soda or coke.

What is uncommon is that at night, the water levels in the body are depleted as the body uses it up for carrying out various functions, particularly detoxifying the kidneys. Early morning dehydration in the body is the cause of a whole host of health problems, including fatigue and constipation issues.

Make sure you’re drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water per day. You can also incorporate other hydrating beverages or water-based fruits and vegetables into your diet to compensate for the fibre levels in the body. Instead of the unlimited cups of coffee available at the coffee machine in the office, or the soda cans, switch to healthier alternatives, such as herbal tea or fresh coconut water, in your routine.

subconcious habit # 3: a desk job kept me sitting all day long!

Most of the white-collar jobs involve sitting on the desk in front of a computer or a laptop. Studies on the body’s physiological aspects show that sitting for long periods of time in a stationary position is not only bad for your posture, but it also drains your energy levels, both physically and mentally.

As part of our subconscious habits, most of us tend to get involved in our work so much that we tend to forget about everything else.

This was what I was guilty of on a subconscious levle. Sitting in the same position for too long without moving my body for hours together!

This not only caused pains in the shoulders and the lower back, it also caused the body’s metabolism to slow down, and the blood circulation in the various parts of the body to become stagnant, particularly in the lower parts of the body.

To avoid this, take a break for 5-10 minutes after working every hour or so. Exercise the lower parts of the body by walking or stretching to improve the blood circulation You can also incorporate standing desks or exercise balls into your workspace to encourage more movement throughout the day.

Habit # 4: i was guilty of multi-tasking to save time due to my subconscious habits!

Multi tasking automatically develops as part of a subconscious habit over time, where we tend to look for short cuts in the daily routines in order to save time.

I had subconsciously got into the habit of multi-tasking with the thought process that it would save my time and improve my productivity. How many of us are clearly focused on one task at a time?

When we try to do too many things at once, our brains become overloaded with information, and we end up feeling exhausted and overwhelmed as the body starts draining more energy than what is needed for doing a particular task or a process.

Certain tasks require a lot of attention and take up the maximum amount of mental energy. When we set out to to do those tasks, with already depleted levels of energy, the results are going to be completely different from what we expected. To add to that the already high levels of stress.

Instead of trying to do everything at once, try to focus on one task at a time and give it your full attention. This will not only help you to be more productive, but it will also help you to conserve your energy and feel less drained throughout the day.

SUBCONSCIOUS HABIT # 5: munching on my favourite pack of chips while sitting in front of the tv set!

In the evening, after getting home, before or after dinner, sitting in front of the idiot box, I would pop down a packet or two of my favourite brand of chips before or after dinner!

This eating pattern had emerged as part of my subconscious habits, where, while being involved in the TV, I would be binging matter whether I was hungry or not.

Processed foods are often high in sugar and fat, which can cause a spike in energy levels followed by a crash which can leave you feeling even more tired than before.

The chemical ingredients in these foods that include high levels of processed sugar and sodium, are responsible for two common lifestyle related diseases blood pressure and diabetes. 

To avoid long term health complications, it would be a wise choice to drop the processed foods from your diet chart and replace the same with healthier natural options. This could include fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, or a handful of nuts in case hunger strikes.

My eyes were sore from continuously glaring at the blue screens

Not a single day passes by without the use of modern day technology, that uses blue screens, whether it is the smart TV, smart phone or the computer. As part of our subconscious habits, these blue screens have become an integral part of modern lives and many of us are guilty of spending spend hours at a stretch each day staring at screens, without giving a break to our eyes. This can lead to eye strain, headaches, and mental fatigue.

To combat this, try to take regular breaks from your screens throughout the day. To distract yourself, you could go for a walk, splash the eyes with cold water, do some stretches, or simply close your eyes and rest for a few minutes. This will help give your eyes and brain a break and can help you feel more alert and focused.

not hitting the snooze button at the right time

This one advice may seem obviously boring, but it’s worth repeating: no matter how interesting your daily late night soap on the idiot box, not getting enough sleep at night can seriously drain your energy levels in the morning. Most working adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s also important to be mindful of our sleep habits. While getting enough sleep is important, what matters is not the quantity of sleep, but the quality of our sleep. By prioritizing our sleep and creating a sleep-friendly environment, we can help to ensure that we wake up feeling rested and energized each day.

Caffeine and alcohol in the hours leading up to bedtime, interfere with the quality of sleep. This should be breaking news for those who enjoy their peg of whiskey or rum before or after dinner at night. Instead replace the peg with a glass of warm milk or herbal tea. And yes, do remember to add a dose of sex before bed as it tires the body out and is helpful for a good night’s sleep!

Why do subconscious habits matter in a healthy lifestyle

In conclusion, our daily habits have a significant impact on our energy levels and overall health. By being mindful of our habits and making small changes in our lifestyle wherever necessary, we can help boost our energy levels and feel more productive and focused throughout the day.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to our daily habits is that they have a cumulative effect. Even small habits that seem insignificant can add up over time and have a significant impact on our energy levels and overall health. This is why it’s important to take a close look at our habits and identify any areas where we might be able to make improvements.

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