Feeling Drained and Exhausted? Try these ENERGY BOOSTING tips!

With increasingly busy schedules, many people feel exhausted and lack the energy to complete simple daily tasks. If you happen to find yourself feeling drained by mid-day, fighting to stay alert and make it through the day, then you may need to try the following energy boosting tips. Many times the tiredness people experience is due to poor lifestyle-related choices and quite simply, you may need to make some lifestyle changes. It is worth taking at look at your lifestyle to see if you might need to make some healthy changes. Luckily, there are lots of things YOU can do to increase your energy. You can banish tiredness and boost your energy levels naturally, without chugging buckets of coffee or energy drinks.  Fight back and boost your energy with the following easy, affordable tips that will put the spring back in your step once again.

ENERGY BOOSTING TIPS:

  • Exercise - Although it may seem counterproductive, consuming energy by incorporating regular exercise will pay off with increased energy in the long run. A recent study at the University of Georgia found that as little as 20 minutes of low-to moderate exercise, three days a week for six consecutive weeks increased the energy levels in participating sedentary, fatigued individuals. Engaging in daily exercise releases endorphins, sends oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, thus increasing energy levels. Walking for at least twenty to thirty minutes each day is a great place to start!
  • Make SMART Carb Choices - Simple carbohydrates can leave you feeling drained and tired. Although they do provide a sudden surge of energy, it is quickly replaced by a crash. This happens due to a spike in blood sugar levels, followed by an almost immediate drop. Avoid simple carbs like white refined flours, sugars, and processed foods...replace them with complex carbs like, sweet potatoes, oats, brown rice, etc.
  • Revive Sleep Patterns - Recent research suggest that during restful sleep, energy stores are replenished for the day, making you more alert and allowing for information to process faster in the brain. Make an effort to get seven to nine hours of sleep nightly.
  • Use Peppermint Essential Oil - Simply dabbing a few drops of Peppermint Oil on your wrists or behind your ears can stimulate your mind and improve concentration. Peppermint Oil is the perfect oil to uplift your spirit, as well as improve your energy. It can greatly improve the mid-day “brain fog” caused by fatigue.
  • Soak up some SUN - You may not know it, but the sun can naturally boost your energy levels and also improve your mood. As little as 15 to 20  minutes of exposure to sunlight can increase your energy.
  • Breathe - Simply learning how to breathe deeply can greatly increase your energy.  Try this simple breathing exercise the next time you are low on energy. Sit or stand up straight, inhale slowly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
  • Stretch - An easy way to rev up your energy is by stretching. Stretching throughout the day activates the muscles in your body, sending oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. A simple total body stretch is “Reach for the stars”. Stand up, lace your fingers together and lift them over your head with palms up toward the sky. Tilt your head back as if gazing at the stars, lift up on your tiptoes and reach your fingertips as long as possible. Hold the stretch for a count of 10 seconds feeling the stretch in your arms, sides, abdomen, thighs, and calves.
  • Eat a Healthy Snack - If you are frequently skipping meals or going for hours between meals, you may need to eat a snack. Quite simply the body needs fuel to function properly and without the proper fuel, energy levels can drastically drop. A healthy snack in between meals can help to keep energy levels in check.
  • Stay Hydrated - One of the most common signs of dehydration is low energy levels. A slight dip in hydration can have a significant effect on the body’s metabolism, thus affecting energy levels. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily to insure you are properly hydrated and you will automatically increase your energy.
  • Request a Test  - If you have tried all the above suggestions and you are still feeling fatigued, then you may need to have your doctor order some lab tests. Vitamin B12 and thyroid deficiencies can both cause a drop in energy levels. Consult your physician and express your concerns. Be bold and ask for specific lab tests.

You can get your energy back no matter what your age is. Remember, YOU have the POWER to increase your energy by making simple lifestyle changes. Use the tips above and find what works for you. Then, watch your energy levels soar!

 

Janet Steward