We all know what it is like to feel the complete all out energy drain – that exhausted feeling where no matter what exciting thing you have planned, you simple can’t get yourself to physically do anything.
If this sounds familiar, rest assured. Energy suckers are all around us, some being more obvious than others. The good thing is that there are many ways around a lot of them.
Try one, two, or all 6 of these and you are bound to see your energy levels kick up a notch!
DRINK MORE WATER
It’s 2:30 p.m., and you’re nodding off. What should you do? First, try drinking a large glass of water. Feeling tired can be a sign of dehydration and when you are dehydrated, you slow down your body’s process of burning fat.
Anyone who has worked with me knows that I never stop talking about the need for us all to drink more water. I truly believe it is the simplest, most fundamental things we must master, like drinking water, that can make the biggest difference in how we look and feel.
Power snacking is more than just eating between meals. Fuelling your body with a simple, healthy snack that combines protein, good fats and some fibre can really help to perk up your energy. The carbs offer a quick pick-me-up, the protein keeps your energy up, and the fat helps you feeling full and satisfied. By snacking in between meals you are much less likely to binge eat later on in the evening as your energy will be more consistent and sustained throughout the day.
Some of my favourites include cut up veggies dipped in hummus, apple and almond butter or a power packed smoothie.
GET MOVING OUTSIDE
While it may seem that moving your body when you are drained is the fasted way to feeling more tired, the opposite can be true. Especially when it comes to doing something light and refreshing, like walking or spending time in nature.
Walking, even around the block at work a few times is accessible, simple and you don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to do it. In the end, the magic is all in the doing. It doesn’t have to be some crazy 2 hour gym workout to make you feel better.
DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Your mother was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast helps to set the tone for the rest of the day so pick something packed with protein, good carbs and healthy fats.
Try one of my favourite smoothie recipes for a quick and easy delicious breakfast: BERRY DELIGHT
EAT LESS SUGAR
The key here is to keep your blood sugar balanced so that your energy remains constant.
By eating foods high in sugar, you get a spike in blood sugar, which gives you an initial burst of energy. However, this is always followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, which in turn can leave you feeling very wiped out.
REDUCE STRESS AND ANGER
One of the biggest energy suckers is stress. Stress is usually a by product of anxiety and anxiety is a killer when it comes to your energy and mood.
Like worry or fear, stress can leave you feeling mentally and physically wiped out – even if you’ve spent the day in bed.
We have all been there before. On top of this, unexpressed anger can take a huge hit on our energy levels when we are expending all of our energy trying to contain our angry feelings, which can be utterly exhausting.
If you can’t ultimately eliminate the source of stress right away (job, relationship, conflict etc.), schedule and make your self-care regime a priority. I like taking baths, talking to a good friend on the phone or curling up into bed and getting as much sleep as possible in order to better manage stress or conflict that life inevitably will present.
I hope that was helpful:)
Are there any things you do that really help boost your energy? I would love to know. Leave me a comment!