Energy, who doesn’t need more of it? But often than not, our cures for a midday slump amount to slurping caffeine and popping candy. While these things might offer a quick fix (and taste yummy!), they’re only a temporary booster.
To help keep you awake and ready to do, we’ve offered a few quick tips on getting more energy the natural way.
Get More Exercise
When we’re sluggish, your last instinct might be to get up and move around. But moving is often just what you need! Regular, low-intensity workouts such as walking, pilates, yoga, and tai chi naturally fight fatigue while upping your energy levels. Because your body is moving and grooving, it produces more energy (via your mitochondria) to help you keep up with the task of exercising. But like we said, the key is regular and low-intensity!
Drink More Water
Ah, water, that miracle elixir! You probably already know water is good for you, but water can be essential to help fight fatigue. Dehydration is a common trigger for tiredness and poor concentration. Fatigue is one of the first signs that your body needs fluids. To keep from slowing down, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Unlike caffeine or soda, water won’t leave you crashing and burning.
Rein in Stress
Stress is unpleasant to say the least, but stress sucks up a tremendous amount of energy. Reducing stress may seem like one of those tasks that is both painfully obvious and more easily said than done. But even small efforts can make a difference. Try meditation or yoga. Enlist the help of a therapist to talk you through difficulties. If you’re working with a high-stress schedule, be sure to take breaks: ten minutes of doing nothing goes a long way.
Get More Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that most everyone is lacking. Regular healthy doses of vitamin D not only boost energy, they also increase muscle strength and lower blood pressure.
One of the classic pieces of advice for getting more vitamin D is to spend more time in the sun. And who doesn’t feel more cheerful after a getting some rays? The overlooked aspect of this advice is that sunblock can literally get in the way. To supplement your sunshine time, you can get vitamin D from foods like fatty fish and egg yolks as well as vitamin supplements.
Improve Your Sleep
You might be feeling tired because your sleep schedule isn’t so great. While most individuals could probably use more sleep, quality matters just as much as quantity. To get better rest, be sure to take your eyes off electronic devices at least an hour before you sleep. The light from screens keeps your brain buzzing long after you need to rest. Opt to sleep in a cool room (between 60 and 67 degrees is ideal) and cut any light or distractions. To prep yourself for sleep, find a nice relaxing ritual to wind your body down.
At the heart of it all, there are only so many quick fixes for boosting energy. The absolute best way to perk up is to simply take better care of yourself. Being mindful about your overall health-rest, exercise, water, etc.- is not easy, but we promise your bod won’t regret the extra effort.