Energy levels can hit all-time lows this time of year. The late-January to March stretch can be a tough one for even the most energized. Add an out-of-control pandemic to the mix, and any semblance of energy may seem like a fantasy.
And that can be quite harmful to your health and well-being.
Like many, you may be looking for an energy boost. Life gets better when you’re feeling energized. You’ll get out for walks, focus on doing the things that make you feel good, and ultimately improve your health.
If you’ve been having a hard time getting up for the things you enjoy or find yourself zapped despite doing very little, here are a few things you can try to help restore your energy levels.
Control Stress: Stress can suck energy fast and leave you feeling cooked. It might seem unavoidable, but there are things you can to keep it under control. During the pandemic, it’s essential to limit news exposure. You don’t need the constant negative re-enforcement coming from your social media feed or television set.
Ask yourself if that information will really do anything for you other than make you feel more stressed, sad, angry, or anxious.
Next, ask yourself what knowing that information will do for you right then and there. The answer is that it won’t do anything. So, ignore it. Schedule two half-hour segments per day to access news, at most, and be sure to follow reliable and trustworthy sources.
Take Some Time to Yourself: Spend time each day for self-care. Take a look at your life and what’s truly important, then make a “to-do” list of daily priorities. Less important things can wait.
Exercise: It may seem counterintuitive, but expending energy helps boost energy. It gives cells more energy to burn and circulates oxygen while increasing dopamine and improving sleep. Each of these processes can boost energy and mood to help you feel better.
You may need an energy kickstart these days. Give these tips a try and set yourself up for a summer where, hopefully, normal life will begin to re-emerge.