Feeling exhausted and continuously struggling to get through your day can lead to shoddy quality work, unsatisfying relationships, and poor physical and mental health. By changing a few things, you can easily adjust your energy levels to live a more fulfilling and happier life. Implement the following ten ways to keep your energy levels up all day.
1. Only Consume Natural Sugars – Processed sugars from soft drinks or packaged foods are known to lead to poor moods and lethargic behaviors. Whole fruits, vegetables, or nuts and seeds are a better alternative as they provide other nutrients that work together to process throughout the body differently.
2. Exercise in The Morning – Exercise is a great energy booster as it increases your feel-good hormones and decreases cortisol levels that lead to stress. It also boosts your metabolism throughout the day.
3. Eat Your Vegetables – Vegetables are high in nutrients that are important for energy levels. Often fatigue is due to an improper diet and can easily be fixed without supplements by adding vegetables. Experts recommend two to two and a half cups of vegetables each day.
4. Drink Plenty of Water – A common symptom of dehydration is fatigue. This is because your body is shutting down and trying to cope with less hydration. Make sure to drink enough water for your weight and avoid substituting other beverages. Your body only recognizes water as proper hydration.
5. Limit Caffeine – While caffeine may provide an energy boost to get you going, it won’t provide energy all day long. If you want to keep your energy levels up, avoid too much coffee or energy drinks. Eventually, your body will adjust and learn to live without it and be better for it too. The dependency only keeps you down.
6. Get Sunlight Daily – Lack of Vitamin D is responsible for many symptoms of fatigue. Most cannot absorb Vitamin D properly without adequate sunlight. It is essential to expose yourself to at least fifteen minutes of daylight a day to reap benefits. If you cannot do that, consider purchasing a ‘happy light’.
7. Consume Protein – Protein is essential to providing fuel throughout your body. Proteins are low on the glycemic index, making it a great energy source and healthy to boot.
8. Get the Right Amount of Sleep – Do whatever you can to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Your body requires proper amounts of sleep to rebuild and refresh. Lack of sleep can lead to a downward spiral, so take it seriously. Your organs repair themselves as you sleep, so you need it.
9. Don’t Rush Your Daily Tasks – Ease into your day if you can or make the time to. The more time that you give yourself to adjust as you switch activities throughout the day, the better to avoid the stress that can ultimately weigh you down.
10. Get Moving – If you have a sedentary job, find ways to take a break or do your job while moving even if it is just moving your legs or arms while you read an email. Experts say the more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to feel lethargic. This is because you are not pumping blood or supplying enough oxygen to your organs.
These are only ten out of many ways that you can increase your energy to get through your days more manageable. Always speak with your doctor before you try something new or if you are experiencing chronic fatigue that wasn’t there before. You know your body the best, so trust your instincts.