You've hit the ground running and while it's only February, you're exhausted already. You drink copious amounts of caffeine just to get you through the day. You wake up more tired than when you went to bed. We get it.
But those caffeine shakes and mad dashes to the loo aren't normal and so, to help you get some more energy, we've compiled a list of healthy ways to reclaim your mojo.
#1 Get Your Vitamins
Everyone knows Vitamin B is your best friend when it comes to boosting energy. If you regularly feel fatigued, chances are you’re not getting enough Vit B from your day-to-day diet so you should look at taking some capsules (regularly!), or speak with your Doc about a B12 injection as a quick fix. Once your body has the optimal amount, it will help convert food into energy and help prevent fatigue.
#2 Hello sunshine
Next time you’re feeling sluggish, ditch your desk and head outside. Just 15 minutes in the sun sends signals to your brain that it’s day time and you need to be alert. If you can’t escape your desk, try opening the blinds and making the room as light as possible.
While the idea of burning energy to feel more energetic sounds strange, it definitely does the trick. Better yet, if you can fit a mid-day sweat session into your schedule you’ll feel the buzz all afternoon (aka the sleepy hours) and power through 3.30itis without thinking twice about the snack drawer. Exercising daily will also improve your sleep—it’s a win, win.
#4 Eight glasses a day
Next time you’re struggling to keep your eyes open, grab a glass of water instead of (another) cuppa Joe. Mild dehydration causes sleepiness—it’s that simple.
#5 Take a shower
If you’re lacking motivation to head out again after another long day, try jumping in a cold or lukewarm shower to stimulate your system and boost mental awareness. If you can’t completely sacrifice your soothing warm water, then try to gradually lower the temperature for the last 5 minutes. It will boost not only your mood, but also your metabolism.
#6 Smart snacking
We’re all guilty of grabbing a chocolate bar when the mid-afternoon slump strikes—but that chocolate does us more harm than good. It’s time to get snack-wise and grab an unprocessed snack, such as an apple or some raw nuts, to see us through the afternoon. While unrefined sugary snacks are delicious, you’re better to lose the short term high and save yourself from the sugar crash.
#7 Sleep guide
Introducing regular sleep patterns may sound tedious, but it’s the key to fighting fatigue. Going to bed at the same time each night will ensure you get the recommended 8 hours of shut eye (or close to), and your body will naturally align with the regime so you have the best night’s sleep possible. If you’re struggling to keep your eyes open during the day, you can always take a short power nap but any more than 20 mins will do more harm than good!
#8 Head outdoors
You know the saying, the less you do the less you feel like doing? Well that couldn’t be more true. If you’re feeling sleepy, stand up, get dressed and get outdoors. Ditch your car and walk to your local, meet a friend for a run or get off the couch and amongst nature with a bush walk—getting outdoors will lift your energy levels and give you better work stories.
#9 Chew gum
Kill two birds with one stone by chewing on gum next time you’re feeling sleepy. Not only will it freshen up your breath, but research has shown it can improve your alertness and attention span. Beware—not all flavours are created equal, so favour peppermint.
#10 Tech free before bed
Prepare your body and brain for the best night’s sleep possible by going tech free for at least 30 mins before bed. If you’re anything like us, scrolling through our Insta feeds is the last thing we do which busies our minds instead of relaxing them, so let’s get in this together and switch off to switch on.
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