Being sleep deprived can really take its toll on our mental alertness.
Think about the time when you had to burn the midnight oil – catching up on those deadlines.
Somehow your brain just lost its ‘sponginess’ in the morning following the very late night (or too early morning).
And don’t even think that your favorite double shot espresso can work its same magic in that morning.
The caffeine will only add up the feeling of being ‘wired up’. You can get so ‘wired up’ that you feel like all your nerves in your head is just like an overly stretch elastic band – any additional ‘pull’ to stretch it will only break it.
Don’t despair. (Imagine your favorite jingle in the background with a crisp booming voice over advising the following solution to your (good) problem)
Clear headedness is the solution of the problem. And being calm too.
But how? Adrenaline has been flowing like crazy – you just feel like you can literally spread your wing and fly away there and then.
Not only that it induces feeling of happiness, it also helps you think clearer (at least in my own experience). How clear? Well, do you get ideas or inspiration when you have your morning shower? Now, multiply that ‘clarity’ by 2 or 10 for that matter – depending on your level of endorphin.
[Before you get any idea of how I ‘generate’ this happy hormone into the system, let me scope down the process first. We will focus on getting the endorphin through intense endurance exercise requiring cardiovascular fitness: running]
So.. What to do when you need to bring the sponginess back to your brain so that you can organize your thoughts and draw creative ideas from that ‘well of ideas’?
Lace up your running shoes.
Hit the road running. A good 5 km of run (or around 30 minutes) should do it!