It seems like the most talked about health concern is being tired. Feeling tired can affect us and our health in many ways. It can make us cranky, less focused, and in general, less fun to be around. Here are some easy ways to gain more energy and power through your day in a great mood.
First of all, make sleep a priority even if you feel like you can’t. When you have a hundred things you need to do, getting enough sleep often falls to the bottom of your list. But the best thing you can do for your general health is to sleep at least seven hours a night. Go to bed early if possible, turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed, sniff some relaxing lavender or have some tea. Do whatever you can to relax at the end of the night to enable you to get enough sleep.
Secondly, drink more water. Being dehydrated can zap your energy quick and it’s easy to run around all day and not drink enough water. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and use an App on your phone to track your intake or write it down on an old fashioned piece of paper to remind you.
Next, make sure to get daily exercise. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to want to skip the workout for some extra couch time. But doing so will just make you drowsier. A quick walk, run or any type of exercise can make you more alert and focused. It will also help you sleep better at night!
Along with exercise, clean up your diet. Eating junk food and loads of sugar makes you alert for a short time then you’ll get the dreaded “sugar crash” and you may feel lethargic and ill. Keep healthy snacks easily accessible for an energy boost whenever you need it. If you have a hard time keeping up with healthy eating, make sure to get all of the nutrition you need a take some daily vitamins. B Vitamins are great for energy.
Take time to chill out. Working constantly, running errands or being roped into different obligations can make you overtired and not feeling energized at all. Do things that energize you and reboot your energy levels. For some this could be spending time in nature, reading, spending time with loved ones or it could be a night out on the town. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to things or people if you don’t have the time or enthusiasm to do what they want you to do. Don’t call it selfish, call it self-care.
Unless you have a different type of work schedule, try to go to bed earlier if you’re a night owl for no good reason. Try to set a consistent bedtime and wake-up time, even on the weekends. If you are getting up and going to bed at very different times throughout the week, your internal clock could be messed up, causing you to be tired all the time. If you dread mornings, set goals or schedule your mornings so you have things to look forward to that make you want to get out of bed. For example, your favorite breakfast, a plan to exercise or a morning meditation.
Lastly, if you’ve tried all of these tips and you still feel like you have no energy every day, visit your doctor. You may have a hidden condition that is zapping your energy.
Do you often feel like you have no energy? What’s your secret for feeling more awake during the day?