When you go to the store, folks, you probably see a bunch of products aimed at boosting your energy. Sometimes, they even add energy “boosters” to food, plain water and soft drinks!
I have to say there is not a lot of evidence that these types of products really give you lasting and solid energy, and some of them are just loaded with sugar and bad for your health. But you can up those energy levels naturally by trying some–or all–of the tips below!
Control your stress
Stress can actually consume a lot of energy, and you may not even realize it is happening. Work on finding healthy outlets to reduce your stress, such as yoga or meditation. If you are really struggling with stress, consider seeing a professional for help and joining a support group–you’re certainly not alone!
Lessen your load
Overworking is a common cause of fatigue, and this can include family, work and social obligations. Try to lessen your “must-do” list, and make the most important tanks your real priorities. Get rid of what is less important if you can, or ask for some help with those tasks!
Start an exercise plan
Regular workouts help you drop stress and sleep better, and over time, they can increase your energy levels. Make regular workouts part of your normal routine.
Watch your sleep
Sleep is a funny thing–too much or too little can make you tired! If you are sleeping too much, it’s time to cut out those naps during the day. If you are sleeping too little, make a commitment to getting to bed earlier at night.
If you think you may be sleeping too much, a little experiment may be in order. Start out by sleeping for just four hours one night, and add 30 minutes of sleep time each successive night until you one day wake up feeling alert and well-rested. Whatever number of hours you made it to the night before is likely your ideal amount of sleep.
Eat more for energy
Refined starches and absorbed sugars can bring a lag in energy with them. Aim for foods that have a low glycemic index to avoid that drop as your body absorbs these sugars more slowly. Low glycemic index foods include veggies with high fiber, nuts and whole grains. Usually, foods high in carbs are high on the glycemic index.