Yawn … it’s 2 p.m. and all you want to do is take a snooze! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. In our busy world, many of us observe our energy level dipping on a regular basis. However, if your exhaustion is lifestyle-related, there are many ways you can up your energy levels … without downing another cup of joe!
Stress Less: Constant high levels of stress will leave you feeling tired and drained. It’s important to Incorporate stress busters in your daily life. Strategies include meditation, talking with a friend, taking Sparky for a long walk or even watching a funny movie (laughter is the best medicine!).
Get Moving: We all know that regular exercise is important for your health. However, it may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you’re feeling tired and all you want is a nap. Luckily, you don’t have to run a marathon to experience energy boosting benefits. In fact, one study found that sedentary people with persistent, unexplained fatigue decreased their tiredness by 65% just by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling. Other studies prove that even a 10-minute walk is a better pick me up than a snack!
Quit Smoking: Of course, you know that smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. However, it can make your energy tank, as well. The toxins and tar in the smoke also reduce the efficiency of your lungs. In time, this reduces the amount of oxygen transported around your body, making you feel tired.
Limit the Booze: Alcohol acts as a sedative and can make you feel drowsy. What’s more, it can also interfere with the quality of your sleep, which in turn makes you sleepier during the day.
Cut the Sweets: We’ve all been there, your energy is waning so you reach for a sweet, sugar-filled snack. However, eating foods high in sugar can give you a short shot of energy, but it’s always followed by a slump. Often leaving you feeling worse than before! Sidestep this cycle, by minimizing your intake of added sugar and reaching for a whole, fiber rich snack instead.
Stay Hydrated: Depending on your age, your body is 55-75% water. During the day, you lose water via urine and sweat. Therefore, to compensate for that loss, you must drink water. Dehydration can affect brain function, mood and energy levels. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day and respond to your thirst, especially during exercise.