Put down that sugary coffee drink and energy shot! There’s no need to chug crazy amounts of caffeine to wake up. In fact, many of your problems can be treated naturally. That’s why I’d like to share 8 surprising ways to boost your energy.
Head into the great outdoors — even if the woods aren’t nearby, a lovely park will do. Just 20 minutes outdoors might be just what you needed. According to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, outdoor exercise boosts energy levels and mental well being more than the same type of exercise inside.
A little movement always does the trick. Specialists from Harvard Medical School report that exercise stimulates your body and mind in many vital ways. Any exercise, even light, increases your body’s oxygen circulation and stimulates the release of stress hormones that make you feel more energized and alert.
Nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, so it speeds the heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain-wave activity associated with wakefulness, making it harder to fall asleep. And once you do fall asleep, its addictive power can kick in and awaken you with cravings.
Use Caffeine to Your Advantage
Caffeine can improve alertness and concentration in moderate doses. But did you know that too much caffeine causes fatigue in some people? That’s because your body is going into caffeine overdrive with an increased heart rate, blood pressure, and jitteriness that leaves you feeling wiped. If you feel like you’re drinking too many caffeinated drinks, gradually cut back.
Studies have found that yoga, which uses various postures and deep breathing for exercise and meditation, can be an excellent fatigue fighter.
Avoid Burnout (if Possible)
Feeling stifled by responsibilities can lead to burnout and a constant sense of fatigue that is not conducive to productivity and happiness. Instead, learn how to delegate task to lighten your load. Your body will thank you for it later.
According to Harvard Health, water is the only nutrient shown to enhance performance for all but the most demanding endurance activities. If your body is short on fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue.
Drinking alcohol is another lifestyle habit which may make you feel more tired. This is because alcohol can act as a sedative and make you feel drowsy. Alcohol can also act as a diuretic, meaning that if you drink it before bed it can make you get up at night to pee, disturbing your sleep and affecting your energy the next day. If you want to enjoy a drink, make sure to drink responsibly and avoid alcohol right before bedtime.
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