The typical response to feeling tired or lethargic is usually one of the following: reach for a coffee or energy drink or sit down and relax. Of course, none of those things will do much for your overall energy levels, and they could lead to potential health risks and complications.
If you need a brief pick-me-up or an overall boost in energy levels, the natural method is best. It involves getting more sleep, identifying and coping with stressors, being more active, and knowing how to make the proper food choices. Doing those things can lead to more energy at any age and provide some sustainability for you to get out and enjoy yourself.
Better sleep: If you’re not sleeping well, it’s impossible for your brain and body to fully recharge. Getting a good night’s sleep sets your day up and gives you the energy you need to live your best life. Practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding stimulation too close to bed, which includes looking at bright screens, eating, arguing, or being active. Also, makes sure your bedroom is dark and comfortable.
Stress management: If you’re regularly under stress, it can suck away your energy. A little bit of stress from time to time can offer adrenaline, but too much has the opposite effect. Dealing with stressors head on, using meditation or mindfulness, and exercising can all help deal with stress to increase energy levels.
Increase activity: It might sound counterintuitive but spending too much time sitting can zap your energy, and getting active can stimulate energy levels. So, next time you’re feeling fatigued, strap on your sneakers and go for a walk or bike ride. It can be as effective as a cup of coffee and lead to more long-term increases in energy.
Eat right: Some food can promote energy, while other food can suck it from your system in a moment. For example, refined carbohydrates might be described as “high energy” and may provide a quick pick me up, but what about 30 minutes later when you come down? Chocolate bars, muffins, and other sugary snacks are no good for energy levels. On the other hand, whole grains or “complex carbs” can release energy slowly so blood sugar stays stable and you’re able to go for longer without the crash.
Mohan Garikiparithi holds a degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). This article was originally published on Bel Marra Health.