For many of us, being perpetually tired is simply a way of life. We drag ourselves out of bed in the morning, slug back a few cups of coffee to get us moving and then deal with periods of fatigue during the day that we then combat with even more coffee.
And while this is simply the daily reality for many people, it certainly doesn’t have to be. In fact, with a few tweaks to your current lifestyle, you can boost your energy and beat the exhaustion that is currently ruling your life.
Make the following changes below, and in no time, you’ll experience an overall boost in energy – and in many cases – a higher enthusiasm for life.
#1: Make Time for Exercise
No time for exercise, you say? The truth is that you don’t have time not to. Studies have shown that people who exercise for at least 30 minutes per day have more energy, deeper sleep patterns and less stress than those who don’t exercise at all. The increased energy you get from a daily exercise routine will also make you more productive, leading to more time each day to tackle work and family responsibilities.
#2: Don’t Skip Meals – Especially Breakfast
Whether you choose to eat three meals a day or six mini-meals, it’s important to maintain a consistent intake of food throughout the day. Skipping meals leads to serious drops and spikes in blood sugar, which can leave you feeling depleted of energy. It also increases your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes down the road.
#3: Reduce Stress
High levels of stress and anxiety put your body in overdrive and take a real toll on your energy levels. If you’re feeling overstressed, it may be time to reassess your priorities, delegate tasks where necessary and eliminate work that is less of a priority. A big part of reprioritizing your life is also making time for exercise — a proven stress reducer. A daily meditation practice can also be extremely beneficial.
#4: Get Enough Sleep
Many of us tend to think that sleep is optional. Or that our bodies will function just fine on only four hours of sleep a night. The truth is, however, if you’re not getting between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, you’re not getting the rest your body needs.
Almost just as important as the amount of sleep you’re getting, is the quality of your sleep habits. In order to sleep well, you should get into the habit of going to bed and waking at the same times each day and limiting your caffeine and alcohol consumption. Sleeping in a clean, sparsely decorated and well-darkened room is also important for a restful night’s sleep.
#5: Watch What You Eat
If you want your body to run properly, you need to give it the right fuel. Focus on consuming lots of whole, natural foods – particularly those that are high in protein and complex carbohydrates. Highly processed foods that are high in refined flours and sugars may give you an immediate surge in energy, but will just as quickly lead to a sugar “crash” that will leave you feeling sluggish and ready for a nap.