One of the top issues I hear from women is that they have no energy – particularly in the afternoon. Most rely on caffeine and sugar to get them through their day. I get it because I use to be that woman. What I didn’t know at the time was how these drugs (yes I’m calling them drugs) were impacting my moods, my sleep, my skin, my weight, and even my relationships. And it’s not just caffeine and sugar that zap your energy. External factors such as work, family commitments, or financial stress can drain it as well.
Are you someone who struggles with your energy levels? If so then keep reading. Below are 10 Ways to Increase Your Energy.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The effects of caffeine include dehydration, an increase in stress hormones (cortisol), blood sugar swings, adrenal exhaustion, and exacerbated PMS and menopausal symptoms. It also inhibits the absorption of important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
- Drink water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. Before you turn to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens. Being adequately hydrated can eliminate fatigue, headaches, cravings and foggy brain.
- Eat dark leafy green vegetables. Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood, and strengthening the immune system. Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, arugula, and dandelion greens are some of the many greens to choose from.
- Eliminate sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, and stevia.
- Get physical activity. It may seem counterintuitive but expending energy in regular exercise actually boosts energy levels in the long run.If you don’t currently have an exercise routing, start with simple activities, like walking or yoga – 10 minutes a day and increase.
- Get more sleep and rest and relaxation. Getting a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours/night) on a consistent basis will have you waking up feeling energized and looking refreshed. Additional benefits of sleep include improved brain function, clarity of thought, a more positive outlook on life, and a boost to your immune system.
- Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken, and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment to find out the right amount for you. Respect your body’s individuality.
- Take time for yourself. Engage in activities that restore your energy such as a walk, a bath, a museum, a movie, or whatever you enjoy the lifts you up. Schedule a weekly date with yourself to do these things.
- Get in touch with your spirituality. We are spiritual beings in a physical world. Find ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it meditating, dancing, drawing, going to church or temple, or being in nature.
- Get rid of relationships that drain you. People can drain you of your energy. It doesn’t mean that they are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why. See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries. Sometimes the only option might be to end the relationship.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Pick a couple to try out and see if you notice any change. I would love to hear any tips you have for increasing energy.