Everyone today is so busy, whether it’s at work or socially there always seems to be something going on. The problem with this is that it can cause many people to feel constantly pressured and cause them to feel as though they are always lacking in energy. Low energy levels can consequently affect our mood, performance in daily activities and general health. If feeling tired all the time is something you’re all too familiar with, we’ve looked at some things you can do that can give your energy levels a natural boost.
Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is made of water? For this reason it’s important that water intake is regular for it to function and generate the energy you need. If you’re not drinking enough regularly enough it’s going to have a negative effect on your energy levels, so when you start to feel yourself flagging go and get a glass of water.
Regular activity is a great way to keep your energy levels up – although it might seem like the opposite should be true! Studies have shown that even something as simple as a brisk ten minute walk has the potential to improve energy levels for up to two hours. Instead of chaining yourself to a desk on your lunch break or forcing yourself to watch another mediocre programme in the evening go out for a short walk. You’ll get back feeling much more energised and you didn’t even need to spend an hour in the gym!
What you eat has a big impact on your energy levels. If you’re not getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs it’s just not going to function properly. Maintaining a balanced diet doesn’t have to be difficult – make fresh fruit and veg a regular part of your meals and/or snacks and avoid refined carbs and opt for complex carbs. Iron and protein are important for energy, and you get these from meat and fish. Alternatively, you can still get these nutrients from legumes, nuts and vegetables.
The most obvious way to improve energy levels is to actually give yourself the rest you need, but this doesn’t mean sleeping for twelve hours every few days to catch up on missed sleep. Ideally you want get yourself into a regular sleeping pattern that will allow you to consistently get seven to nine hours sleep at the around the same time. It can take time to get into this type of habit, so try different things to help you get to sleep – take a bath before bed, turn off the TV and phones about an hour before you want to go to sleep, or even try out some gentle stretches and exercise to help relax your body.
Low energy levels are more common than you might think but they aren’t as hard to improve as they are thought to be. Unless there is an underlying health problem which is causing it, low energy levels can be significantly improved through natural and small changes to your lifestyle. Try these activities, and within a few weeks you should be feeling much more alert and full of energy!