Do you struggle with having sustained energy throughout the day? Are you always feeling that afternoon slump? If you answered yes, no worries it happens to the best of us. If you find yourself constantly skipping meals and drinking excessive amounts of coffee, especially on an empty stomach, you may feel some negative effects on the body such as sleep disruptions, jitters, frequent headaches, irritability, and more. Even though it is tempting to grab your third cup of coffee, there are other ways to beat these low energy levels. Try these 7 tips to boost your energy!
Don’t Skip Meals. People often forget to eat, or they are simply too busy. However, skipping meals can leave you missing out on key nutrients that keep you energized. Try prioritizing mealtimes to give you sustained energy!
Snack Smart. If you are feeling low on energy, maybe your body NEEDS energy. Eating a balanced snack may give you the perfect boost you need to finish up your day. Include carbs and fats. This could be an apple + nut butter, carrots + hummus, or toast + avocado. Yum!
Hydrate. Fatigue is one of the first signs that you may be dehydrated. This can really impact your energy levels, mood, and brain function! Be sure to hydrate throughout the day to keep your memory sharp and energy up.
Movement. Moving your body may be the last thing you want to do when you feel tired, but it is effective! Even slower movements like going for a walk, can get your blood flowing and provide you with energy. One study on fatigued adults found that a regular low-intensity cycling exercise routine decreased their tiredness by 65%.
Rest. It is recommended to get around 7 hours of sleep a night. If you are feeling busy or stressed, you may not be getting enough. By creating a relaxing night routine and prioritizing your sleep, you may get the sleep your body needs to function properly throughout the day.
Reduce Stress. Stress can take up a lot of your energy. Mindful activities such as journaling, exercise, and meditation may be beneficial in helping to relieve some of that stress.
Surround Yourself in Good Company. Sometimes all you need is an upbeat friend to boost your mood and energy. Make time for the people in your life that bring you joy, encouragement, and support.
Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24480458/1, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18277063/2