The fast pace of modern life can be exhausting. With work, family, and home commitments (along with trying to keep a semblance of a social life) it’s no wonder we sometimes feel like it’s all too much.
Lack of energy is demoralizing and inconvenient when you have a long to-do list to tackle and pushing through might seem like a good idea. However, overdoing it can lead to ill health and burnout so listen to your body and know your limits. If you notice your energy dipping, why not try these simple tips to give yourself a boost?
Drink a Glass of Water
‘Stay hydrated!’ has become a familiar catchphrase but many of us still don’t drink enough throughout the day. A glass of chilled water can refresh and revitalize, so be sure to take regular drinks to stave off lethargy.
Carry a water bottle when out and refill it when empty so you always have water on hand. Water bottles with markers are great for anyone wanting to monitor their intake. Wellbeing planners are also an excellent way of tracking how much water you take on during the day – choose ones with sticker charts to stay motivated and have a tangible goal. Why should children have all the fun?!
Take a Power Nap
This isn’t always an option, but if you get the opportunity to nap, do! The key to an energizing forty winks is to sleep only for the optimum time of 20-30 minutes. Set an alarm so you don’t oversleep – this short nap will leave you alert and ready for what lies ahead but sleeping too long can have the opposite effect. You don’t want to wake up feeling worse than you were to start with.
As tempting as it may be to reach for the cookies, opting for a healthier snack has both immediate and long-term benefits. Healthy snack options such as avocado and hard-boiled eggs will fill you up and push you on. Prepare your healthy snacks in advance so they are easy to grab and go – you won’t want to be peeling eggshells when you’re exhausted.
Say No More Often
Stress has a knock-on effect on your energy levels, so do what you can to limit the stress in your life. Say ‘no’ more often so you have a manageable calendar – it can be hard to do at first if you’re not naturally assertive, but it does get easier over time.
Schedule downtime into your day to recharge your batteries – whether that’s watching a movie or reading a romance novel, spending time relaxing is good for your heart rate and blood pressure. Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first. You can’t fill from an empty cup.
Sometimes all it takes to wake up your body and mind is movement. Whether you choose a lunch break workout or to stretch at your desk, moving a stiff body can act as a reset. Consider starting and ending your day with a gentle yoga routine – this is a fantastic way to keep a positive mindset and have a good night’s sleep, as well as tone your muscles.
Moving more benefits your health too, with those who are regularly active less likely to develop certain health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
You don’t have to make radical lifestyle changes to feel more energized. Try these tips and feel the benefits! Balance is the key to a happy, healthy life so stand back and take stock, then make positive changes. Your future self will thank you for it.