But how can we feel more rested without changing our lives completely?
One of the best things you can do for your brain, body and overall well-being is to exercise regularly. Even taking a 15-minute walk helps us to feel more energetic, alert and rested throughout the day.
2. Sleep 30 minutes more per night
Forgoing sleep for a busy lifestyle is a big mistake. Lack of sleep impairs cognition and negatively impacts mood. Sleeping even 30 minutes more a night would be useful for many people.
3. Stop trying to multitask
Studies show that when people think they are multitasking, they are actually doing a lot of quick task switching, which impairs concentration and the ability to consolidate information and learn. Doing one thing at a time helps us to feel less frazzled and more rested.
4. Encourage wakeful rest through meditation and mindfulness practices
In addition to sleep, we need to experience wakeful rest to be able to allow our brains to process all our myriad of daily experiences. Even short amounts of daily meditation and mindfulness practices help us to relax, make sense of our experiences and prepare for the next burst of activity.
5. Prioritize relationships
Relationships provide meaning, social support and give us energy and motivation to be our best in our daily lives. Even short conversations and face time with friends and family can be beneficial to our sense of well-being and energy levels.
6. Learn to say "no"
Learning to edit our lives and say “no” can be a challenge, but pays off when we have fewer, focused tasks and responsibilities. The power of “no” can increase a sense of control and mastery in our daily lives.
7. Think of busyness as expensive
There’s a difference between being active and productive, which is good, and “busy,” which often means: too much to do in the time that’s available. Think of your time in terms of money, and think of busyness of being particularly expensive — it often comes at a high cost to our mental and physical health and our relationships. Just as you wouldn’t recklessly spend all your money on expensive items, all your time should not be spent in a high-cost mental state without incorporating adequate exercise, sleep and rest.
This article originally appeared on the CBC Parents website