It’s 10am. You’re drained and tired, but the day is only beginning. Who among us hasn’t experienced spells of tiredness or lack of energy when we just want to get things done? The reasons for feeling tired can vary for a variety of different reasons, but there are many opportunities to maximize your energy levels on a day-to-to-day basis. Below I’d like to share with you my top 7 ways to boost your energy.
Texts, iPhones, YouTube, checking Facebook – they all contribute to keeping our brains on high alert. The Center for Brain Health in Dallas recommends that unplugging from constant mental stimulation will allow your brain to focus and overcome fatigue. Meditation plays a great part in this process to create a bubble of quiet. Once you eliminate the interruptions, your brain will reach a calmer state and a deeper level of focus in as little as 15 minutes.
According to the University of Rochester, the simple act of going outside will give you more energy. The study found that being in nature for just 20 minutes a day made participants feel more alive. In fact, studies from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in England found that compared to working out inside, increasing your heart rate while you’re outside can make you feel more energetic.
Get More Sleep
Sleep experts agree: Seven hours is the recommended minimum an adult needs for optimal cognitive, emotional, and physical health. You can sleep longer if you like, but seven hours is no longer a lofty goal – it’s a necessity.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
It’s true that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. People who eat breakfast every morning report less fatigue and stress than people who skip it. That’s because one of the main sources of energy is, of course, the food we eat. Some foods provide an energy kick but have little or no nutritional value.
As Harvard Medical School experts point out, include whole grains, fruits, nuts, and protein in your breakfast diet. 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.
If your body is short on fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue. You don’t necessarily have to follow the “eight glasses a day” rule, but you do want to drink enough water to keep your body well hydrated. How can you tell when your body is hydrated? When you don’t feel thirsty and your urine is light-colored.
Interact with Your Playlist
Crank up that new Taylor Swift album and start tapping your feet to boost energy! It’s amazing how your brain reacts when you begin to engage with music. A study from Sam Houston State University found that when you sing, tap your feet, or drum your fingers to a song that you experience significantly increased energy levels and decreased fatigue.
Perform Light Exercise
Even a 10-minute walk around the block will give you an energy boost. Specialists from Harvard Medical School have proved that any form of exercise “increases your body’s oxygen-carrying capacity” and boosts circulation. All of which stimulates the release of stress hormones that make you feel more energized and alert.
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