5 Simple, Safe And Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels
Our increasingly busy lifestyles both in and out of work are placing more demands on us than ever. All of this extra strain can really wear us out, and people are complaining of low energy levels in ever-growing numbers.
If you’re one of the many people who feel affected by low energy levels, then no doubt you’ll be wondering if there’s anything you can do to change this. Although doctors can offer medication to help with some energy level problems, there are actually natural ways of improving your energy levels that don’t require a trip to the doctor or any special drugs.
The following 5 ways of increasing your energy levels are all simple and natural. None of them is a 100% guaranteed method, but there’s a good chance that by using any of these approaches you’ll experience at least some benefit. In the comments, tell me your favorite ways to boost your energy!
1) Sleep: It might seem completely obvious, but getting enough sleep is essential to having good energy levels. What many of us now take for a good sleep is actually inadequate. Although the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, for most the optimal amount of sleep is 8 hours. This period of sleep should be as uninterrupted as possible.
2) Exercise: You might think that exercise simply tires you out, but getting regular exercise can have a profound effect on your energy levels. By taking regular exercise, you improve your physical fitness, giving you greater stamina which means you can carry out activities for longer without getting tired as quickly.
If you would like some strategies for getting in a workout at home or away from the gym. I’ve got six of them.
3) Drink Some Water:
Water plays several important roles in the human body; It regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, transports oxygen, nutrients, and hormones, it also keeps your digestive system working to process the food you are eating.
Although 8-8oz glasses of water have been a standard recommendation for many years, you need to make adjustments for your physical activity level, current health state (such as if you have a cold or flu), heat, and humidity.
Sweating during activity is your body’s way of maintaining an adequate temperature. If you are working out and sweating, your body is losing water. So remember to hydrate before, during, and after a workout.
If you are enjoying caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, make sure you also drink water to alleviate the dehydrating effects.
Get a reusable water bottle, decorate it with fun stickers and keep it on hand for sipping during the day.
4) Eat Frequently: Although it’s important not to miss meals, in order to keep your energy levels at their peak try what I call, “The Hobbit Meal Plan”. What this means is eating at regular intervals during the day gives your body a steadier energy supply, preventing the yoyo-ing of energy levels.
If it helps to put reminders on your device to get you to stop and eat, use the technology.
What is your favorite snack food? Share in the comments below.
5) Stress: Another big factor in energy levels is stress. Feeling stressed can drastically decrease your energy levels making it difficult to stay focused or even awake. Find ways to reduce your stress and you will almost certainly see an improvement in energy. Exercise is one great way to reduce stress levels. Another useful stress-busting tip is to make lists of the things you need to do tomorrow not long before bed. It can help clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and worries.
One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to put on some music and dance around.
If guided meditations are your thing and you have a sense of humor, you might enjoy this gem about swearing as a form of meditation. Plus, her accent is adorable. Definitely NSFW.