Handling Your Post Holiday Energy Drain

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | Brain Function | Friday, January 04, 2013 - 12:00 PM

higher energy levelsSome days you might wake up feeling great, while other days, you wake up feeling like the day is over before it even begins. You may have every desire to live a stress and anxiety free life, or have the energy levels of your youth but you just don’t even know where to begin.

Getting your energy levels to peak is a lifestyle change, even though you might notice that your levels are at their lowest in the mornings, which means stress and anxiety can run rampant straight through your day, and seemingly nothing gets accomplished.

Below are a few tips that can help you to balance out your life, get your energy levels up to a more optimum level when it counts (in the morning) and get your life free of stress and anxiety.

Better Nourishment for Higher Energy Levels

It is impossible to perform at optimal levels if you aren’t feeling well, and a big part of how you feel, overall is proper nutrition. Proper nutrition is absolutely considered to be the starting point to getting the stamina of your youth back. Taking the time to put together a list of how you are eating for a week or so will give you some insight into where you need to improve. You might find the problem right away as soon as you look at the week’s list in review. Perhaps you notice your veggie intake is low. Regardless of the particulars, a healthy diet is key to getting your energy levels up, and your stress and anxiety levels down.

Drop the Negative Attitude for Higher Energy Levels

You might be more guilty of this behavior than you know. You might simply have the wrong attitude. If you find yourself dragging into work, or slugging through the day watching the clock and waiting for the day to end, you are guilty of having a bad attitude. And a bad attitude can put you in the wrong mindset for an energy filled, low stress day right from the beginning. Part of what you  can do is to eliminate the small irritations from your day. Maybe you are perpetuating the problem by putting yourself in an annoying situation.

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Maybe you aren’t leaving yourself enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. You might find you are contributing to your own stress and anxiety when there are several things you could simply eliminate yourself. Take a look at your schedule and see what you can easily change.

Taking Time Just for Yourself to Lower Stress

Experts say this is likely one that is most commonly overlooked. Taking a “time out” to spend time alone doing things you like might sound simple, but it’s easier said than done, especially for people who tend to feel ill-at-ease quickly, or feeling like if you have some spare time, it means you should be spending it doing daily errands or chores. In order to reduce stress, and increase energy levels you might have to schedule the time alone, or time to do nothing. But making sure you have it, even for a few minutes or an hour a week is important to give yourself some time to “refresh”. If you are in denial, or a loved one has told you that you appear either drained of energy or stressed, you might want to consider keeping a journal of your daily activities. This will give you an idea of how you are spending your days. And being aware of how you spend your time is a big part of learning more about what could get you more well rested and ready to take on not only today, but tomorrow, too.

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