Have you ever experienced feeling lower and lower as the day drags on? Are afternoons an exercise in looking for anything to prop your eyelids open? Is sluggishness becoming a daily occurrence? Are you getting frustrated because you always feel like your energy tank is running on empty?
Can’t blame you. It’s tiring to be always low on energy. And being low on energy will make you feel tired all the time. It’s just a never-ending cycle.
But what have you been doing to get out of the funk?
Are you dosing up on caffeine, taking double espresso shots in your standard cup? Or have you been keeping a stash of candy bars nearby for whenever you need a kick? Maybe it’s energy drinks that’s keeping you going?
If that’s the case, you should realize that none of those will give you a lasting solution. They just give you a short energy burst and before you know it, you’re back in the dumps.
So what can you do to boost your energy? Here are a few tips to kick fatigue to the curb and help you feel refreshed and revitalized the natural way.
- Try yoga.
According to some studies, the various postures and the deep breathing exercises that yoga practitioners use can help fight fatigue. The meditation also helps calm the mind and leave you feeling better. So go ahead and rock that downward dog. It’s bound to give you an upward boost in energy.
Actually, just exercising can also do the trick. It’s a natural energy booster. When you work out, oxygen-rich blood travels through the body to your vital organs and that will help wake you up.
Singing can give you an emotional high. It will reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body. So whether you’re Mariah Carey-caliber in the singing department, or in desperate need of auto-tune, don’t worry about belting it out. As long as you’re enjoying yourself, you can reap positive benefits.
When you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to feel tired. Of course, the old adage about drinking 8 glasses of water every day may not necessarily hold true for everyone. A good indicator instead is when you pee at least every 3 or so hours. Your urine should be a light yellow color. If it’s too dark, or if you haven’t been to the loo for longer than 4 hours, then you may not be getting enough water.
Start with breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day for good reason. Those who eat breakfast regularly report feeling less stressed and tired than those who don’t. Of course, you have to bear in mind that you need to eat the right kinds of food. Oatmeal and other high-fiber foods are a good bet. They will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer while also giving you the energy you need.
You can also chow on a handful of nuts come snack time. Almonds and peanuts are particularly high in magnesium and folic acid. Those are essential in energy and cell production. Cinnamon can help you feel more alert just by smelling it. And banana slices and peanut butter can help maintain your blood sugar levels.
- Soak up the sun.
A few minutes of walking outside in the sun has been shown to improve mood and memory. It might even help with self-esteem.
Of course, you can also consider natural energy supplements if you need more help with boosting your energy. But as always, consult with a health practitioner first.
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