We live busy, hectic lives; from work, to taking care of the kids, maintaining relationships and doing the best we can to stay healthy. You may find that you are constantly fighting fatigue and that, at times, it’s difficult to even keep your eyes open.
Some days may seem like they drag on forever. So what do you do when you are overly tired and have depleted the majority of your energy? Do you have a cup of coffee? Maybe you eat a snack high in protein. Both of those things are great energy boosters.
But the truth is, there is more than coffee and sugar filled energy drinks to keep you awake –they are just filled with unnecessary calories anyway. How about you try practicing meditation or listening to music instead?
The secrets to all day energy are actually quite simple. All it is going to take is willpower and persistency. Once you have found the secret/s that work for you, say goodbye to daytime fatigue and sleep deprivation.
If you are feeling sluggish and fatigued, take a power nap. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended you nap for 20-30 minutes for short-term alertness. “This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.”
Dehydration is a condition in which water depletes the body of vital fluids that help it function properly. It can cause dry mouth, extreme thirst, fatigue, loss of appetite and headaches. Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day to avoid fatigue. Drink water before, during and after you are active, and drink additional water in hot/humid environments.
Magnesium has numerous benefits. It plays a role in the biochemical reactions all over your body. Increasing your magnesium intake has been shown to help treat insomnia. When an individual is magnesium deficient, his or her sleep hormone, melatonin, does not work properly. Magnesium helps relieve stress, which should also promote a better night sleep.
All-day energy requires a good night sleep. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help improve sleep. During the process of mindfulness meditation we focus on our breathing and we stop thinking about the past and future – only focusing on the present. Once you have let go and fully relaxed, you are in a better state for a good night sleep.
Bored, tired, drained? Just chew gum. I know it sounds crazy, but chewing gum actually increases the blood flow to your head and stops you from yawning. Research has found that individuals who chew gum tend to be more alert. This could also be due to an increase in their heart rate.
Studies have shown that simply going for a walk can increase your energy levels. Next time you’re feeling tired, get up, move around or even exercise. According to research, regular exercise has been shown to increase energy levels among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, like cancer and heart disease.
Livestrong.com explains: “Caffeine can affect some neurotransmitters that normally keep the blood vessels slightly closed. This causes your arteries to remain wider, allowing more blood to flow through them, which brings more oxygen to your brain and tissues to make you feel more awake.” Tip: Start your morning with a Ready to Drink Chameleon Cold-Brew.
After consuming foods/drinks that contain sugar you may feel awake and more active. But the truth is that it won’t be long until the sugar wares off and you will likely suffer from a “sugar crash,” making you even more tired than you felt before.