Ah, energy! It seems to become more elusive as we get older. But don’t fret, there are simple changes you can make now to ensure that you have more energy every day. There’s nothing worse than feeling drained and having a big pile or work to get through, or finding yourself at home after work too exhausted to really connect with your spouse or your family. These simple little tips should have you feeling more energized in no time.
1. Drink More Water
There’s the golden rule of 8 cups per day of water, and there’s a good chance you’re not drinking enough. If you hate the taste of water, try adding a squeeze of lemon to it. If that’s not your style, consider drinking teas, iced or hot. Try to drink teas lower in caffeine and without loading in lots of sugar.
2. Sleep Earlier
It’s true what they say: the sleep before midnight is the sleep that really counts. Consider sleeping earlier and rising earlier and seeing how that affects your energy levels. If you think traditionally we followed the sun – as we didn’t have our own light sources – bedtime would be a few hours after sundown simply due to boredom. And we would have woken up early to use the daylight hours. Consider following this approach and seeing how it affects your energy levels.
You could go as far as having your bloods read and analysed to see if you have any minerals you’re lacking in. I personally find that taking some B12 really helps me as I do not eat a lot of meat nor bread. Some people don’t like the idea of taking supplements, so if you fall into that category try to eat more iron rich foods such as spinach and red meat and see if that helps you feel a little more chirpy.
4. Consider a Probiotic
The modern diet is very different to how we would traditionally eat. The additional sugar we eat affects the makeup of our gut bacteria. Many people who feel a bit sluggish benefit from taking a daily probiotic, as it helps the gut bacteria become more healthy and more efficient at breaking down the food we eat and transforming it into energy sources we can use to energize ourselves.
5. Be More Active
It might seem impossible when you’re already feeling exhausted, but being more active can really help you have more energy. It will take a few weeks – or even months – to feel the difference, but adding in a few yoga, gym or sports sessions a week can really make a difference. Experiment to see which time of day is best for you, some people find it easier to work out in the morning, others at night, so see when your body is most receptive to a workout and try to fit in at least 3 a week.
If you’re feeling run down and exhausted on an ongoing basis, it’s a pretty clear sign that something in your lifestyle needs to change. Try these simple tips for more energy and hopefully you will love the difference.