Do you wish you had more energy throughout the day? Feeling fatigued is a common reality in our super-sized, sped-up world, but it doesn’t have to define our lives. Start fighting fatigue today by asking yourself a few simple questions. You might be surprised how the answers may change your life!
How healthy are your eating habits? Under-eating can be just as detrimental as overeating when it comes to maintaining proper energy levels. Both eating too much as well as skipping meals can lower your metabolism. It’s best to have a consistent meal schedule rather than foraging throughout the day, or eating at irregular intervals. Research studies have shown that the simple act of eating breakfast has the power to boost your levels of both alertness and concentration.
Are you getting enough sleep? Lack of sleep is a major contributor to sapped energy levels. Experts have long extolled the virtues of getting around eight hours of sleep each night, but studies show that adults are getting around 20% less sleep than we did just a few decades ago. If you’re not getting enough sleep, make a list of all the reasons why, and start by addressing one or two factors. The changes that arise from just a little more sleep each night may surprise you!
It sounds counterintuitive, but expending energy can actually help you boost your energy level! Experts say that engaging in light exercise for as few as 10 minutes daily has the power to banish feelings of fatigue.
Everyone experiences stress, it’s a normal part of everyday life. Work, commuting, chores, all have the power to erode energy levels over the course of the day. Do you have a favorite stress buster? Use it! Whether it’s listening to music, exercising, meditating or yes, even cleaning for some, give yourself a little “me” time each day. Switching gears allows your brain to reinvigorate those areas that have become drained from overuse.
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We all know someone who has the uncanny ability to push our buttons, leaving us feeling exhausted or angry. If you have a negative coworker, or a relative with a propensity for arguing, by all means limit the amount of time you give them. Having strong boundaries protects you from others’ toxicity and is an absolute necessity for maintaining a healthy level of energy, and an enthusiasm for life.