Even when everything seems to be going alright, our life is full of stress. Whether it is due to the realities of modern living, or maybe we’re just predisposed to stress, we can’t help it. Morning traffic, world news, a petty quarrel with a loved one… and when there are no real problems, we make up our own, often stressing out about things that could or could have happened. And the problem is, aside from simply robbing us of a good mood and ruining our day, stress and anxiety steal our energy, replacing it with unexplainable fatigue. The business of being stressed is very tiring, and the only way to get your energy back is to remedy that stress.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Despite the importance attributed to the first meal of the day, breakfast is the easiest one to skip (and most commonly skipped, for that matter). It’s important to make time for breakfast, even if you have to get up 15 minutes earlier. A well-balanced breakfast wakes up your body and provides you with an ample supply of energy, helping you resist the feelings of stress and anxiety that may come up later in the day. Make sure to include foods that offer you antioxidants and vitamins that help relieve stress naturally, such as oatmeal, spinach, nuts and seeds, blueberries, milk, and avocado. (Boost your energy and reduce fatigue with the “fountain of youth” berry.)
Stay active. Even though it doesn’t cost you much in terms of energy, a sedentary lifestyle is quite exhausting. Sitting for hours has been connected to greater anxiety, not to mention a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. And the older we get, the more sedentary we become. It seems that we need to make an extra effort to move more, and the effort is well worth it. At least 30 minutes of daily physical activity will improve your blood pressure, sleep quality, and self-confidence, not to mention all those “feel-good” hormones released. The result? You end up with lower health risks, more energy, and are fully equipped to face the day.
Don’t fall victim to caffeine crash. We’ve all been there. Feeling somewhat tired after lunch, you reach for a cup (or two) of your afternoon coffee, only to experience a really brief surge of energy followed by an utterly draining caffeine crash. Instead of making you feel better, caffeine augments the effects of stress, leading to headaches, restlessness, and fatigue. Drink more water to keep your blood pressure and cortisol levels at bay, and if you need a pick-me-up, switch to tea. Tea will help you feel refreshed without the side effect of a nasty energy-depleting crash. (Siberian secret refuels your energy from within.)
Sleep. Stress, low energy, and sleep problems are all of the same breed. Brain chemicals that promote deep sleep also control stress hormones, so it comes as no surprise that when we don’t sleep well, we are more prone to the effects of stress. Sleep is the ultimate time to recharge our batteries, so clock in those seven to eight hours to be ready for the day ahead.
Don’t let stress and low energy affect the quality of your life. These simple adjustments will help you effectively resist stress, boost your energy, and get more out of every day.