You might be feeling a little tired these days. It’s the dog days of summer when it gets hot, the days are long, and you might be feeling a little less energized than you’d like.
The sluggishness you’re feeling is not uncommon. It happens to everyone and can happen at any point in the year. However, you want to stay away from energy drinks and caffeine to fuel you through the days. Instead, some natural energy boosters can help you get up and feel energized.
Better Sleep: One way to boost energy is to spend more time restoring it with sleep. Not getting enough sleep is one of the biggest zaps of energy. Creating an atmosphere where you can get 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night can help with energy.
Address Stress: Addressing and finding ways to deal with stress is another way to help restore energy levels. Anxiety and stress can zap both physical and mental energy and are closely linked to fatigue.
Take a look at what is causing your stress and either find ways to remove it from your life or adopt coping mechanisms like therapy, exercise, or meditation.
Boost Activity: Using energy can fuel more energy. In fact, sometimes, the best way to beat fatigue is to get up for a walk or workout. Research suggests that getting exercise three times per week can significantly improve energy levels. It may also help with sleep.
Limit Alcohol: Alcohol can have a sedative effect that makes you feel drowsy. So, having an afternooner could impact how you feel the rest of the day. Further, alcohol in the evening or a “nightcap” can actually impair sleep. Even though it makes you feel tired, it will reduce the quality of your sleep. You’re more likely to feel groggy and unrested the next day.
Eat a Healthier Diet: Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can also help with energy. They offer nutrients and fiber to help maintain energy, as opposed to processed or sugary foods that can promote crashes and fatigue.