Tired of Being Tired? Try These Natural Energy Tips.
We’ve all been there; tired, sluggish and feeling like our get-up-and-go, got up and left. When we get to that point it can be tempting to reach for a caffeine or sugar fix to get us over the hump, but there are more effective and healthier ways to boost sustainable energy. Here are some things you can do to enhance your own natural energy levels and boost your happiness and productivity too.
70% of adults in the United States say they feel stress or anxiety daily. Stress and the emotions they generate eat up huge amounts of energy. Relaxation strategies like meditation, self-hypnosis, yoga, and tai chi have proven to be effective tools for reducing stress. Even talking with a friend or relative can all help diffuse stress.
LEARN TO SAY NO
One of the main reasons for fatigue is trying to take on more than you can handle. With all the work, family and social obligations pulling at us, it can get overwhelming. Try to streamline your list of "must-do" activities. Set your priorities in terms of the most important tasks. Pare down those that are less important. Consider asking for extra help at work, if necessary.
It might sound contradictory, but regular physical exercise almost guarantees less stress, better sleep and more energy. Exercising can also lead to higher brain dopamine levels, which helps elevate mood. Exercise activities — such as walking or jogging — that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly beneficial.
FIND YOUR SLEEP SWEET SPOT
If you think you may be sleep-deprived, try getting less sleep. This advice may sound odd but determining how much sleep you actually need can reduce the time you spend in bed not sleeping. This process makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes more restful sleep in the long run.
EAT FOR ENERGY
The type and quantity of food you eat play essential roles in determining your energy levels during the day. Eating foods with a low glycemic index — whose sugars are absorbed slowly — may help you avoid the lag in energy that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches. Foods with a low glycemic index include whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts and healthy oils such as olive oil.
Our Grateful Snacking Co. Granola Bites are a perfect example of a delicious snack that contains zero sugar. Snack on them right out of the bag, or pair with favorite non-dairy milk (like soy, coconut or almond). You can top off a yogurt cup, a non-dairy ice cream, or a smoothie bowl with them as well. It's also delicious to dip them in almond butter. Enjoy snacks made with zero sugar and watch your sugar cravings disappear!
USE CAFFEINE WISELY
Caffeine does help increase alertness, so having a cup of coffee can help sharpen your mind. Even though coffee only provides two calories per cup, its stimulatory effects can make you feel alert and focused. But it’s important to use it judiciously. It can cause insomnia, especially when consumed in large amounts or after 2 p.m.
One of the surest ways to avoid a midafternoon slump is to avoid drinking alcohol at lunch. The sedative effect of alcohol is especially strong at midday. You probably should skip the five o'clock cocktail as well if you want to have energy in the evening. If you're going to drink, do so in moderation at a time when you don't mind having your energy wind down.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Water is essential for life. It’s involved in many cellular functions, including energy production. If your body is short of water, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue.
You can avoid dehydration by drinking water even if you’re not thirsty. Try to drink water regularly throughout the day.