We’ve all been there: those days where the weight of fatigue keeps our spirits low and our productivity even lower. But what if you could combat that exhaustion and supercharge your day, ensuring you always function at your peak? The key is to find ways to effectively boost your energy levels.
However, finding this energy is easier said than done. The good news is that you can often boost your energy levels for free or at a low cost. Consider the following advice from your friends at Hillandale Primary Care.
One minute we have enough energy for a marathon, and the next we can barely get out of bed. What gives? From the food we eat to the amount of rest we get, numerous factors dictate how energetic (or fatigued) we feel.
Here are some ways that our energy levels are affected day-by-day, and sometimes hour-by-hour!
Our bodies run on circadian rhythms– our internal clocks that regulate sleep, wakefulness, and energy throughout the day. Aligning your activities with this natural ebb and flow. With this approach, you simply observe the points of the day where you feel the most awake.
From there, you can implement habits such as:
If you feel sluggish after a lunch full of carbs, you aren’t imagining things. What we consume directly impacts how energetic we feel. Processed, sugary foods can lead to energy crashes, while whole foods sustain us longer. Try to eat foods that can help fuel you with more energy, including eggs, oatmeal, bananas, and yogurt.
Did you know that low energy levels are sometimes a symptom of depression? Mental health plays a vital role in our energy levels. Chronic stress or unresolved emotional issues can be draining.
Is there anything that you can do if you feel tired from stress or poor mental health? Try some of the following steps:
If you are suffering from sleep problems, including insomnia, from stress and mental illness, please contact us at Hillandale Primary Care.
Don’t underestimate the power of diet when it comes to energy levels. The truth is that sugary treats give us a boost, but you’ll crash later on and start craving more sweets. Keep your diet in check while boosting your energy levels with the following advice.
Starting your day with a balanced meal, rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats can give you sustained energy release throughout the morning. As we mentioned earlier, eggs, yogurt, and oatmeal are great choices for breakfast.
Water isn’t just essential for survival. Even slight dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue. If you are dehydrated, you may also notice symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and confusion. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially in the morning.
While coffee or tea can provide a quick pick-me-up, excessive caffeine can disrupt sleep and lead to energy slumps later in the day. Keep in mind that caffeine is a stimulant that can contribute to insomnia. If you are suffering from sleep problems, be sure to limit caffeine intake.
When you feel tired and sluggish, the last thing you want to do is exercise. It might seem counterintuitive, but getting moving can actually rejuvenate you when you’re feeling tired. Give it a try and you might be surprised at the results!
Engaging in just 20-30 minutes of daily exercise can enhance mood, improve sleep, and naturally boost your energy levels.
The good news is that you don’t need to run for miles to reap the benefits. Try low-intensity exercise with your heart rate around 40-50% maximum. This includes light cycling, climbing stairs, Zumba, and brisk walks. Try walking outside for an even bigger energy boost!
Taking short, frequent breaks can help refresh your mind and body when you are working or studying. It can help you focus better, be more productive, and avoid burnout. Here are some tips for taking effective breaks:
Taking breaks can help you stay energized and focused on your work or studies. It can also help you avoid getting bored or frustrated. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed or tired, take a break and see if you notice a difference.
Whether it’s dancing, hiking, or any sport, activities that you enjoy can uplift your spirits and increase your energy. This can be attributed to the mood boost you may experience while you engage in hobbies. It’s hard not to feel happy when you do activities that you love.
As you can see, taking care of yourself is a big part of boosting your energy levels. Remember that your mental well-being is as crucial as your physical health when looking to boost your energy levels.
Additional ideas and mindfulness practices for more energy include:
While low energy levels can happen to all of us, sometimes there are hidden health issues behind your fatigue. It’s important to see us if you have concerns about unusually low energy levels, which can point to problems ranging from depression to thyroid disorders. Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your fatigue or other health concerns.