If your answer is, “Barely enough to read this,” you’re probably not alone. Life can get so busy that we forget about ourselves. We’re working, taking care of our families, taking care of our homes. We are literally taking care of everything but our own well-being. It’s exhausting! But before you go reaching for another cup of coffee, we have some ideas on how you can boost your energy naturally. And if you’re still sleepy, a good power nap is always a good idea, too!
Keep your stress in check.
Easier said than done, right? You are always go-go-going. But stress-induced emotions can really zap your energy stores. Since we most likely can’t eliminate stress in our lives altogether, there are some things we can do to manage it better and help give your energy a much-needed lift. Try talking to a friend to relieve some of the burdens of the day. You might also consider some relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi or meditation – just to name a few.
Get your sweat on.
Of course the last thing we want to do when we’re dragging is workout. It seems as if it would just deplete us of what little energy we have left. However, it’s actually the opposite of what you’re thinking. The more you workout, the more energy you have. Not to mention the fact that you’ll sleep better at night. And better sleep leads to being less tired. And your workout doesn’t even have to be overly strenuous – a nice long walk will do you plenty of good when it comes to feeling re-energized.
Did you know that most of us walk around dehydrated every day? And did you know that being dehydrated feels like fatigue? Grabbing a nice, cold glass of water instead of that mug of steaming Joe will give you the natural energy boost you crave – without keeping you up at night! In addition, limiting your alcohol intake – especially before bedtime – can help you get a deeper night’s sleep and leave you feeling refreshed when that alarm goes off in the morning.
Eat the right foods.
We all love a good sugar rush. And yes, it gives us that energy we are so lacking when 3 p.m. rolls around. But the truth is, it’s a quick fix. An hour later we’ll come crashing down from our sugar high and end up right back where we started – tired and drained. Instead of that candy bar, why not try the natural sugars found in fruit for that boost you need. Other foods that promote energy are coconut, lentils, eggs, salmon, asparagus, nuts, quinoa and goji berries – among others. Not only will these help give you that afternoon pick-me-up, they’re also good, healthy food choices in general.
Listen, the reality is that at the end of the day, we’re all super busy with our calendars scheduled to the max. It’s no wonder that we’re tired! But giving a few of these natural energy-boosting ideas a try might help us feel just a little more rejuvenated and a little less like we’re sleep-walking our way through life.
If you’d like more tips on how to boost your energy naturally, please feel free to contact us.