Need an Energy Boost? Try THIS

We all know that feeling.

It’s mid-afternoon and suddenly you find yourself zoning out. The wave of tiredness hits you and you’re immediately taken out of the ‘zone’.

You’re stuck in the ‘afternoon slump’ and you just can’t seem to get anything done.

As many of us reach our elderly years, it’s commonly accepted that a drop in energy levels is considered normal and seen as a natural part of aging, however, it’s not quite that simple.

If you’re experiencing constant tiredness or feeling a prolonged loss of energy, you may have underlying issues or deficiencies that shouldn’t just be written off as ‘normal’.

For many of us, boosting our energy can be done by taking a few simple, but very intentional, steps toward fueling our bodies for success! To help you get started, here are some suggestions on how you can boost your energy levels and keep you feeling sharp all day long.

1. Drink plenty of water

By now, you’re probably tired of constantly being told to drink more water, as if it’s the cure for all ailments – however, you might be surprised to know that in the U.S 75% of adults suffer from chronic dehydration. The most common symptom of dehydration? Fatigue. It’s recommended that adults consume a minimum of 8.5 cups of water per day with the best sources of hydration being water and fruit juice.

2. Establish a healthy sleep cycle

Sleeping is essential for your well-being. The recommended amount of sleep for adults and is between 7 – 9 hours daily. A lack of sleep can cause you to feel irritable and tired, leading to a drop in energy levels. A few tips to help you regulate your sleep cycle are:

  1. Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed
  2. Keep your room dark and cool for better sleep quality
  3. Have a routine to help you wind down before bedtime, such as taking a bath or reading a book
  4. Get outside during daylight hours to get more natural light exposure

3. Exercise

If you’re already struggling with low energy levels, it may seem impossible to throw yourself into fitness and exercise. The key here is that you don’t need to run for miles or even exercise for more than a few minutes to benefit from the increase in blood flow that exercise promotes. This increase helps your brain and muscles function to their highest potential and build stamina to keep you going throughout the day.

4. Manage Your Stress Levels

If you’re constantly living in a state of high-stress, it’s not surprising that you’re feeling drained. Dealing with stressful situations or problems in your life, or the lives of your loved ones, can take a lot out of you and require an immense amount of energy to deal with or simply dwell on.

Avoiding stress completely is impossible – life is unpredictable and we will always face potential stressors. This being said, the idea isn’t that you have to live a stress-free life (as much as we’d all like that) to be able to manage your stress. Instead, you have to find healthy ways to deal with and manage stress so that you’re not always exhausted from your problems. A helpful way of dealing with stress is to follow The Four A’s of Stress Management:

  • Avoid – Avoid unnecessary stress
  • Alter – Alter the way you communicate or deal with stress
  • Adapt – Adapt to situations to regain control
  • Accept – Accept the things you cannot change and stay positive

How to go about maintaining a higher level of energy is going to look different for everyone, however, we hope you’re able to use some of the strategies mentioned above to help you curb fatigue and start feeling your best!

What other tricks have you used to boost your energy levels and how effective were they? Let us know in the comments!

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