Hardly seems fair, huh?

Well, you can boost your own stamina. You just have to pinpoint those every day things that drag you down and get past them. Here are a few questions to consider, courtesy of Good Housekeeping magazine.

First: Are you bored? Being bored is worse than being overloaded. The truth is, it’s OK to have a lot on your plate, as long as there’s a good mix of activities you enjoy. Each time you do something gratifying, you experience a jolt of serotonin. This floods you with a sense of well-being and recharges you for whatever’s next on your agenda.

Next: Do you get enough exercise? Working out gives you a chance to think through the day’s problems, and flush out those stressors that sap your stamina. Exercise also raises the brain chemicals that energize you, but you don’t have to hit the gym – you could go horseback riding, hiking or play some softball. Whatever you choose, if you do it regularly, you’ll build your energy levels.

Another thing to think about when it comes to your stamina: Do you dream? If you don’t, it might be a sign that you can’t get into a deep enough level of sleep to feel refreshed. Eating late in the evening or drinking alcohol before bed can interfere with your normal sleep cycles. You’ll doze off quickly, but become restless a few hours later. So have dinner at least 2 hours before bed and no more than one glass of wine with your meal.

And finally: Are you friends or loved ones draining your energy? If most of the people you hang out with are enthusiastic, that’s great. But if they’re negative about life, or they take more from the relationship than they give, they’re going to bring you down. You need to make sure you find some friends who are upbeat to balance these people out. It may take a little effort, but it’s worth it. Having more stamina makes all the difference in how you approach your day, and how much you enjoy life.