Small Ways to Re-energize When You Didn’t Sleep Well the Night Before

Small Ways to Re-energize When You Didn’t Sleep Well the Night Before

via Thrive Global by Marina Khidekel

While getting quality sleep each night is always the goal, sometimes life gets in the way and interferes with our shut eye. When it does, it’s important to have strategies that help us show up as our best selves the next day. 

We asked our Thrive community to share with us the little ways they re-energize when they didn’t sleep well the night before. Which of these tips will you try?

Do a 10-minute meditation

“When I need to re-energize myself, I do a 10-minute meditation using a meditation app. I am usually fine till after lunch and I make sure I get this meditation in before my afternoon meetings. I also make sure I focus on a reset breathing method throughout the day. You begin by exhaling, pretending you are blowing out a candle, and then you inhale two times. You do this set three times and you will feel the reset it gives to your tired brain. I often do this set in the morning and then again in the afternoon!”

—Beth Benatti Kennedy, leadership coach, Beverly, MA

Give yourself a relaxing morning

“When I have a sleepless night, I take the following morning off, make a nutrient-filled breakfast, put on one of my favorite movies, and chill out for a few hours. Taking some time away is essential for me. It’s also essential to provide time off to employees that have been working late into the night. Burnout leads to anxiety, depression, and poor decision-making.”

—James Petrossi, president of PTNL, Austin, TX

Try an outdoor workout

“After a bad night of sleep, I get out of bed, shower, put on my exercise clothes and get out the door to walk, run or get on my bike. Just breathing the morning fresh air and enjoying my body’s exercise rhythm helps to wake me up. This ritual works for me. My thoughts turn to the weather of the day, the moving clouds and sky, the trees and nature. It is also an opportunity to think about a creative writing project or to think outside the box. When I’m done, I can look forward to the good sleep I’ll have tonight.”

—Jill Shanks BSN MCEd, writer and researcher, Saskatchewan, Canada

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