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Four Ways to Get That Second Wind

There is a phenomenon called a “second wind” known by athletes who thought they could not physically go on who get a new surge of energy when their endorphins kick in. They cannot summon the strategy on demand, but the good news is one does not have to subject oneself to an extreme workout to find ways to experience a second wind, usually needed in the late afternoon.  Here are some tips to help you sail through your day.

Hydrate  Most people do not drink enough water, and any other fluids do not count. Avoid coffee or energy drinks as these use drugs to race the heart which is like whipping a tired horse. They, as well excito-toxins like sugar, fried starches, junk foods make the body work harder to try to get rid of it.

Stimulate  That can seem counter intuitive, but we can be tired from a monotonous task, or from sitting too long, or a long engagement of mental activity. Purposefully move to the intensity that you need: a brisk walk, running the stairs, jumping jacks…. Perhaps some good stretches are in order, or a splash of cold water to the face would do the trick. Maybe you are not in a place to get some exercise or stretch in, try drumming with your hands on your muscles like a stimulating massage. Take a couple of deep breathes, inhaling, pausing, and then exhaling. For a quick pick up, try taking a whiff of peppermint oil.

Power Nap  If you are having trouble staying awake, the body is signaling the need sleep (unless you are dehydrated, that can make one sleepy!). Set a timer for 20 minutes, or use a Nap app to wake you up before you go into a deeper stage of sleep. If you have more time, 90 minutes will take you through one cycle of sleep, so you won’t wake up in the middle of being in deep sleep, when you’ll feel more groggy than you were before you went to sleep!

Pep Up  Generate a burst of energy by being your own cheerleader, tell yourself, you can do this! You’ve got what it takes! Nobody does it better! Another option can be listening to energetic, uplifting music to pump you up. If that isn’t practical, set a timer for about 10-15 minutes and challenge yourself how much can you effectively get done before the timer goes off, and then tell yourself, Good job! Sometimes giving it an end point helps us to focus, and we need to acknowledge and affirm ourselves for doing a good job.

If you are regularly dragging mid-afternoon, or feeling tired all day, it’s time to take a good look at your self-care. Nutrition is the foundation of our health. Are you getting 9-13 cups of fruits and vegetables of all colors in your daily diet, making half of each meal a variety of plants to get plenty of phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber? (a multi-vitamin does not help, it is not food). Are you getting your daily multi-Omega (important for brain health)? Are you mindful to avoid artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives found in processed food? Avoiding toxic chemicals and pesticides in some produce? Avoid eating after 7 PM (eating late interferes with sleep)? The other important strategy is doing a monthly detox. We are constantly exposed to pollutants which gets stored in our fat until we have the needed support to help the body get rid of it. (I found doing a Shred10 to be helpful).


Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1: 2-4


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