Tired of being tired? Us too. Often, we find ourselves fighting fatigue as we juggle a long list of never-ending day-to-day to-dos. Our energies supposedly work together as one; physical, mental and emotional. So, when one is imbalanced the others suffer and your whole body is out of sync. It’s important to take a 360-degree approach to your energy levels and rebalance yourself. Once your whole body is working together, your energy levels and productivity will skyrocket as a result.
Most of us run on empty for weeks on end. Women particularly put pressure on themselves to do everything – perfectly. You probably don’t even realise you’re depleted in energy, because your body has acclimatised to feeling weak and groggy the whole time. Irregular eating, disturbed sleep and long work hours mean your body lacks the basic support it needs to function efficiently. Taking time to re-think your diet, the nutrition you’re putting inside your body and your food choices and eating patterns, will quickly put you on the right track. While exercise is the last thing on your mind when you’re feeling low in energy, it’s one of the best things you can do to recharge your batteries.
1. Drink Coffee
A caffeine fix at any time of the day will get your heart racing. Have a coffee an hour before your workout, research shows it keeps you going for 20 per cent longer, improving alertness and the amount of energy your muscles can produce by blocking messages in the brain that tell your body it’s flagging.
2. Keep Hydrated
Research from King’s College London found that your brain cells have to work harder even when you’re mildly dehydrated. Fatigue is often one of the first symptoms of dehydration, and if all you’ve sipped all day is your morning cappuccino and a can of coke, it’s quite likely you’re dehydrated. Plus, the refreshing coldness will serve as a virtual slap in the face.
3. Up Your Iron Intake
Iron is essential for producing haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to your body’s cells, where it is used to produce energy. Iron is rich in red meat, so many vegetarians and vegans are deficient in the energy-boosting mineral. Make sure you’re getting enough by supplementing with a daily dose of 18mThe in-depth portrayal of a platonic friendship between a man and a woman is refreshing.
Are you struggling to keep focused? Are you constantly distracted? Your focus and concentration are the first thing to be affected when your mental energy is low.
1. Get Sorting
Embrace your inner Marie Kondo and declutter everything from your handbag to your wardrobe, desk and car. Clutter saps energy because your mind struggles to know where to focus its attention. A chaotic environment distracts your brain and makes it harder for it to process information and concentrate. If you don’t have the time for a full-on spring clean, try tidying up little and often. Be it a shelf, a drawer or the large newspaper pile that’s been growing on your coffee table. You’ll soon find when you start cleaning more manageable areas of your home, you get into the groove and move on to a bigger clean out.
2. Maintain A Regular Sleep Schedule
Sleep is the biggest factor when it comes to brain function. Make sure that you go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day, even on weekends. On average, most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep per day. When you have an erratic sleep pattern, you can cause your body to fall into a sleep deficit or sleep surplus. Both can impact your energy potential throughout the day in addition to compromising your body’s ability to achieve ample rest. Research have also found a strong correlation between the levels of magnesium in your body to your natural sleep cycle. Adding magnesium in either supplement form or as flakes in your night- time bath, will help your slumber.
3. Turn up the heat
Not ideal advice for this time of the year, but a study from Cornell University in America found that workers made 44 per cent more mistakes when the temperature was 20 degrees or below, because feeling chilly distracts the brain, causing the body to use extra energy to keep you warm. By turning up the heat, you will conserve your body’s energy levels.
4. Take Ginseng
This powerful herb acts fast and boosts memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain. Begin taking it now and in a week’s time you’ll already feel the effects.
From late nights at work to enforced ‘fun’ with tricky family members, catching up with old friends and working with difficult colleagues, social situations can often be energy-depleting and emotionally demanding.
1. Avoid Negative People
We all know that someone that zaps our energy levels and leaves you feeling drained. The colleague that talks at you, rather than with you, the friend that spends her day complaining, arguing or feeling angry with the world. These personalities do one thing; they bring negative energy to your karma and make you feel low, depressed and sometimes even tearful. Wave goodbye to these energy vampires invading your personal space. Though you can’t always avoid them, it’s important to counterbalance their negativity with loved ones that uplift your spirits and offset the ‘bad’ feeling.
2. Know Your Triggers
We’re often told to have quiet time and take ourselves out of loud and busy situations, however this may not suit everyone. Notice how you feel after you’re with a crowd of people. Are you energised? That’s a clue that you’re recharged by social situations, so you should make plenty of time for going out and seeing family and friends and holidays on mass.
3. Choose Alternative Remedies
Whether it’s a reiki balancing treatment, a yin yoga class (practices deep postures to calm mental chatter) or flower essences that support your emotions, fins some output that will balance both your mind and body.
- Alive Magnesium Plus Energising Body Gel Lotion, £5 - infused with arnica and sea kelp to ease aches and pains.
- Neom Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter, £36 - Slather this on before bed and let the 24 calming essential oils work their magic. Apparently, 86% of people who tested this felt more relaxed after using it.
- Westlab Magnesium Flakes, £7.99 - pour into your bath for a rejuvenating pick-me-up.
- Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist, £18.50
- Aromatherapy Associates Revive Rollerball, £18
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