As you sit and contemplate whether a third cup of coffee this morning is a good idea, the oppressive feeling of sluggishness starts to hit, and it’s barely even afternoon. Energy drinks, coffee, and other products marketed as energy boosters have long lost any effectiveness, and you are still so tired during the day. Besides, they’re merely a quick fix that doesn’t resolve the issue in the long run, and the weariness just comes back to plague you the next day. So, is there anything that can be done to get our energy back without relying on caffeine? Yep, absolutely. Here are a few great things you can try.
Turn away from your computer
If you can’t seem to get to sleep on time no matter how hard you try, it’s possible that bad life habits are influencing your sleep cycle. Too much screen time affects our brain and tends to keep us wide awake, despite the fact we’re really tired. You know the drill: you’re at work, feeling exhausted and barely getting anything done, and then you come home, sit in front of the TV and bam! You stay up past midnight and then wake up really tired again. And so the cycle continues. Reduce screen time in the evening – it’s a much better idea to sit and read a book than to browse the internet.
You don’t have to stop drinking coffee altogether, but you should be aware that it dehydrates you, and that it can increase feelings of stress and anxiety and keep you awake at night. Cut down, and instead of caffeine, drink lemon or lime water or vegetable juice. Here’s a recipe for a real pick-me-up energy bomb that you can make.
Clean your gut
Are you living on fast food and takeout? It’s no wonder you have no energy if all you eat are processed, and sugar-filled things. Food is very much related to our health, and if you want a good sleep cycle, you need to be careful about what you consume. Organic, natural fruits and veggies (think high-fiber, low-glycemic food), home-cooked meals, less red meat, and more fish and chicken. Throw out candy and pastries, and you’re already on the road to an energy-filled day.
One of the best things you can do for your body is exercise regularly. You don’t even have to go to the gym, you can have amazingly effective workouts at home. You’ll need some equipment, like a pair of light kettlebells and some comfortable weightlifting shoes that will ensure safety. Exercising increases the blood flow to your brain and it doesn’t just give you a temporary boost, but helps keep your energy levels consistently high.
Laughing isn’t only fun, but it’s very healthy for us. That dullness and sluggishness that makes us tired can be easily lifted if you let yourself laugh with friends. Watch a funny movie, crack a few jokes, and enjoy the good mood.
Keep in mind that low energy levels are sometimes a consequence of a disease, so if the feeling persists, you should see a doctor. Have them check your thyroid just in case. Otherwise, simply follow these tips and you’ll establish a naturally good lifestyle that will make you feel really good every day.