Are you feeling tired these days? If you are, please don’t chalk it up to aging or some other reason, especially if your doctor says you’re good to go.
There is no shortage of things that can zap your energy occasionally. But you have the power to fight back, and you don’t need energy drinks or a ton of caffeine to do it, either.
Here are some natural things you can do to build up energy levels and live your best life.
Manage stress: It takes a lot of energy to fuel stress. Getting rid of that stress by talking to a friend or family member, meditating, participating in yoga or tai chi, or talking to a psychotherapist can all help reduce stress and get it under control.
Work less: Everyone needs to earn a living, but overwork is one of the main sources of fatigue. Because let’s face it: you’re not just working at your job. You have familial and social obligations, too. Try to prioritize and streamline your “must-do” activities, and learn how to say “no.”
Exercise: Exercise almost always assures a better night’s sleep. It also gives cells more energy to burn and circulates oxygen. It can also boost mood. Something as simple as picking up the pace while you’re walking can boost your energy levels.
Alter your sleep: If you think your energy is zapped because you’re not sleeping, try getting less sleep.
Figuring out how much sleep you actually need could help you reduce the time in bed you spend not sleeping. This can make it easier to fall asleep and have better quality sleep. Try this by:
• Avoid napping during the day
• Go to bed later than normal and get just four hours of sleep
• If you feel you slept well during those four hours, add another 15-30 minutes of sleep the next night.
• As long as you’re having a sound sleep the entire time you’re in bed, keep slowly adding time every night.
Eat for energy: Eating foods with a low glycemic index – sugars that are absorbed slowly – can help you stay energized longer and avoid the energy lag that can follow eating. Whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts, healthy oils, other good fats, and proteins are recommended.
Drink water: Water enhances performance and keeps you energized. In fact, fatigue is one of the first signs that your body is low on water.