We’ve all been there—projects, deadlines, laundry and dishes piling up, workout a-waiting, kids needing rides and help with homework… We start out the day Superhero strong, and by noon some of us have pooped-out like weaklings.
It’s no wonder so many of us suffer from a daily energy crisis.
Instead of reaching for your fifth cup of coffee or that unnatural “natural energy” drink, there are other ways to resolve your physical and mental effort to remain conscious—and even productive! The following 10 tips will hopefully offer you doldrum-rebound strategies. (Some may seem like common sense, but a few might just surprise you!)
Slow Down on Sweets
An exceeding amount of studies have detailed the numerous negative aspects of sugar. The most obvious is that it spikes your blood sugar, and then you crash. This is horrible for mood swings and that feeling of dreaded fatigue. Sugar is a key culprit in messing with your energy levels. Moderating intake is a positive step. Instead of reaching for a sugary snack or drink when you’re fading, perhaps instead grab some fresh fruit, veggies, or nuts. And, remember to hydrate!
Sleep, Perchance Dream
It can be difficult to meet, but experts agree that the sweet spot for feeling refreshed each day is a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. While it may not always be practical, aiming for this magic number can pay off. Napping is not an ideal substitute for sound sleep, but it can restore you when you are lacking. Napping = catching up on sleep.
Stretching increases circulation and boosts endorphins. It also just feels darn good. As part of your morning wake-up routine, try some simple stretches to start the day right. Do it throughout the day whenever you feel the need for a boost.
Contrast your Shower
Many cold-climate dwelling people (think Nordic, Russian, etc.) have long known the benefits of alternating hot and cold temperatures on the skin. You don’t necessarily need to take a sauna and jump in an icy fjord to reap the energizing effects. A four-to-six minute shower alternating hot and cold temperatures every minute can revitalize muscles and increase your energy.
Pace your Caffeine
Too much caffeine can do as much harm to your endurance as sugar. Don’t stop drinking your favorite pick-me-up; simply savor it. Many researchers have discovered that low doses of caffeine over a prolonged period are better than large amounts all at once. So, sip slowly to supplement your stamina.
Eating well doesn’t mean eat a lot. Choose your food groups and portions mindfully. Besides watching your sugar, keep your refined (simple) carbs in check to keep your blood sugar steady. Make sure you eat enough protein, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables to keep you fueled. Magnesium, Vitamin B, and iron are important elements in your energy output, so eat enough foods with those energy boosters.
Food feeds the body, but studies show that music can actually fuel your body. Pop in the earbuds or crank the stereo with some upbeat, positive music. You can melodically improve your mood and energy.
Check your Head
Taking a break. Meditation. Listing things that bring you joy. Watching a happy video. Taking deep breaths. Walking outdoors. Simply staring out the window and letting your mind wander. All these things can clear your mind and revitalize you.
There is a reason we yawn when we are tired, beyond gulping more oxygen. Yawning stretches your facial muscles, increases blood flow, and literally clears out your brain by increasing fluid circulation. Just remember to cover your mouth (and try not to do it when someone is talking to you.)
As an aid to better sleep and a clear mind, remember to unplug from your screens when you can, especially an hour before your bedtime. You’ll fall asleep faster and awaken more refreshed.
These simple steps should have your energy levels soaring to new heights in no time. For more energizing ideas, recipes, and information, just search www.GetThrive.com.