Blame the food or blame their cell phones, the young Pakistani generation is as sust aur kaahil as it can ever be and these are the best form of couch potatoes that you can ever pick. All those memes about love for our beds and the neverending ishq for chai are there on Facebook for a reason. Because we are a one dhakka start nation that simply cannot do without chai and even if they do take a cup, you would find more than half of our youngsters literally dragging themselves around with their eyes glued to the cell phone screens. And oh the struggle of getting out of bed each day and staying awake during lectures is unexplainable and simply tragic.
With that being said, the question is how can we, as a qaum, get rid of this sluggishness and restore that lost energy? The solution is simpler than you think and includes just a few alterations to your lifestyle.
Adjust Your Meal Plan
If your body is a dhakka start vehicle, you need to get it back on track by fueling it every once in a while. Hold on though, that does not mean you start binge eating and blame us for the fat belly! It means munching on small meals every three hours instead of taking three huge meals throughout the day. This way you can also maintain your weight by monitoring how much you are consuming. It might take a while to get used to but you would eventually get there.
Start Working Out
Oh, you saw this one coming now, didn’t you? It’s certainly about time you get those running shoes out and get out. Even an hour of brisk walking is enough for starters, at least give your muscles some stretching here and there. You can then switch to simple workout basics like squats and lunges. Your body needs physical activity to stay active and staying in bed all day isn’t really a good idea for that to happen.
Regulate Your Water Intake
Another one that has been emphasized on over time. You may not understand this but more than half of the times when you are feeling lethargic, it’s because your body is dehydrated. Also, water is needed to remove toxins from the body that drain your energy. Focus on the ‘six to eight glasses of water’ thingy.
Reduce Stress Level
It gets pretty obvious when you are exhausted mentally and are literally dragging yourself around. Getting out of bed and starting the day is one of the hardest things to do for a person who is depressed, in a constant state of anxiety, or worse: both. If you feel constantly stressed out, talk to a friend or a professional therapist that can help you reduce stress or even just manage it. It’s always alright to reach out to someone for help.
Monitor Your Sleep Cycle
So why should we monitor our sleep cycle when all we ever want to do is sleep all the time? That’s the question that does pop up in our minds whenever someone tells us to ‘sleep on time’ after we tell them we feel tired all the time. The truth is, your body has an inner biological clock and adjusting it is your responsibility. If you train it for a sleep cycle of not more than six to seven hours each day, that is what your body will get accustomed to eventually. It would be hard at first, for someone whose body is used to feeling sleepy all the time. But hey, a few days effort is worth it!