Return of the Mac: Operating on low energy

I’m BACK….Like I never left! And just as well as it’s Mental Health month and Black History month in the UK!

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about coping with change and touched on some of the changes I was currently experiencing. Frankly, it was all getting too much, fear of the unknown was holding me back and I noticed that my energy took a serious dip. So, I took my own advice and decided to take some time out to focus on me. This involved a few spinning classes (my love ?), yoga and eating healthier. I also started a new course in counselling skills so looking forward to working through that. Something I have to keep reminding myself of, is that life is not a race – Taking breaks are necessary for positive mental health.

Whilst going through my own slump, it prompted me to think about the impact going through a slump has on your day-to-day, the fine line between going through a slump and depression and what steps can be made to deal with low energy.

Common Symptoms:

  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Change in eating habits
  • Decreased motivation

How to cope:

  • Acknowledge the fact that you’re tired  – It’s hard to acknowledge fatigue when life is pretty non-stop, especially if you live in busy cities like London. But it is so important to acknowledge when to take a break to avoid burnout.
  • Exercise more – It doesn’t need to be a full on cardio session. It can be you taking the stairs at work instead of taking the lift. Any form of activity will encourage feel-good endorphins to be released and reduce any pent-up frustration.
  • Do things that will re-energise – Make time for the things that you enjoy doing. If life is all about work, responsibilities and doing things for others, you may notice that the ongoing pressure will take a negative effect on your mood. Spend ‘quality time’ with your family or partner, socialise with friends, work on a hobby or sport, or enrol on a course. I’m a geek at heart, so love booking onto courses and learning new things. It puts things into perspective that my 9-5 does not define my life, there is more to my existence.
  • Sleep more – If you have trouble sleeping, take time to wind down before going to bed. This can include relaxation exercises like yoga or reading a book. My personal favourite is listening to sleep meditation videos on youtube when I’m having trouble sleeping. More tips for getting better sleep can be found on the NHS website

We all have high and low days. But, when the lows are becoming more frequent and persistent or affecting your work or relationships, please get in touch with your GP or look out for talking therapies in your area. Useful links can be found here


How do you manage your low energy days?

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