If you feel just plain exhausted, feel sluggish mid-afternoon, or struggle to stay alert all day, then it’s time to do something about it. Fortunately, there are many simple, natural ways to banish fatigue and regain that spring in your step.
Get some sunshine
It’s hardly surprising that you feel exhausted when you’re holed up in a cold room with fluorescent light. Get outside and soak up some sunlight for 15-20 minutes. It will energize and elevate your mood.
Exercise just about ensures that you will sleep much better afterwards. It also provides your cells with more energy to expend and helps circulate oxygen. Moreover, exercising makes your body release stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, which in modest amounts will energize you. You can start small with a brisk walk.
Sip some vegetable juice
Even if the idea of taking fresh vegetable juice doesn’t get you too excited, it’s a good way to energize yourself. Losing the fiber while juicing allows your body to easily absorb and digest the juice. And since your body does less work to get the nutritional benefits, your energy levels will start to increase. In addition, drinking vegetable juice helps flush toxins out of your body while feeding your cells as well.
Avoid store-bought juices, which often contain loads of preservatives, sugar and other useless ingredients—they will leave you more tired and feeling worse. Make your own juice instead, or research some ideas that can help prepare your own vegetable juice.
Drink some water
Dehydration is the number one cause of fatigue. If you’re dehydrated, your blood volume can go down, making your heart and body work harder to supply oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Dehydration can cause all sorts of problems, including dizziness, fatigue, impaired short-term memory, and mental fogginess. Make sure to hydrate throughout the day but particularly when you start feeling tired to help deal with low energy.
If you’re reading this piece slumped over your PC and feeling tired, it’s time to stand up. Never sit for prolonged periods. Vessels naturally tend to constrict during times of inactivity, sapping all the energy from you and making you tired—even if you had enough sleep.
Standing up and then walking around for just a few minutes can jumpstart your muscles and heart. In addition, it can make you much more productive when you sit down once again.
One of the best ways to energize yourself is to learn how to breathe in and out completely. Next time you want a quick energy boost, try this simple workout with your eyes closed and spine straight. Focus on your breathing, and slowly breathe in for six seconds. Hold your breath for 3 seconds and tense all your body muscles. Breathe out for 6 seconds, completely letting out the breath while relaxing the muscles. Hold your breath for 3 seconds. Repeat this rhythmic routine a few times and you’ll get energized after a while.
Get quality sleep
Turning and tossing in bed all night will definitely leave you tired the following day. As you sleep, your body restores and repairs the day’s damage. In addition, Adenosine, which is produced as a result of the body’s cell activity, is believed to make people feel tired. During the day, Adenosine builds up but it is cleared from your body during sleeping, making you feel alert the next day. So, get 8 hours of sleep each night for optimal health and vitality.
Associate with lively friends
Be around people who help uplift and motivate you to energize your mind and body. Get close to high-energy people. Their energy and passion will rub off on you soon enough.
Drink green tea
If you usually turn to coffee to combat your afternoon slump, swap it for some green tea. Green tea contains low levels of caffeine, and many studies have reported that green tea’s active compound, EGCG, helps with weight loss. So apart from upping your energy levels, you might burn off excess calories as well. Sipping some green tea after your lunch is also unlikely to hinder your sleep routine as it contains less caffeine per ounce than coffee.