I don’t know about you but I find it really difficult to focus on anything important when I’m low on energy. Most of the time when I procrastinate, I blame it on our low energy levels. When I feel drained or tired I start putting things off, as I start putting things off and I fall into this pattern of procrastination, and feel even worse for not getting anything done. BUT, if my energy levels are up, I feel like I can conquer the world.
Today I want to share with you how to boost your energy so you can be as productive as possible.
DON’T SLEEP…. TOO MUCH
We hear that we don’t get enough sleep, all the time, but did you know that getting too much sleep can actually leave you feeling exhausted? It’s argued that ideally, you should get anywhere between 7-8 hours of sleep- anything over 9 hours and you might feel more tired. I personally think that how much sleep you need in order to feel rested, really depends on your lifestyle.
EAT LIGHTER MEALS
It’s totally okay to indulge once in a while, but if you want to feel energized all day long, stick to real food. Try swapping a few meals for lighter options, like a brussel sprout salad or some healthy clean eating salmon. Heavy breakfast can also leave you feeling sluggish, so swap that bacon-egg-and-cheese for something lighter to boost your energy like some easy overnight oats.
TURN UP THE MUSIC
This is one of the best ways to instantly lift your mood and feel energized. Listing to music is scientifically proven to be a very effective tool for relieving stress and combating fatigue.
Dehydration can cause poor concentration, tiredness and fatigue, so drink that water. You can experience noticeable fatigue, even if you’re only one percent below your optimal fluid level, this is why staying hydrated is important. I drink a big glass of water as as soon as I wake up.
Go for a quick walk, a run or a hike, if you can. Fresh air can help you concentrate and readjust your focus.
TRY POWER NAPPING
I’m sure you’ve heard of power naps before, they’re scientifically proven to increase your productivity, cognitive function, enhance your memory and creativity and help you feel less tired. The key to successful power napping though, is the length of your nap.
Grab a quick shower, alternating between hot and really cold water. Hot water will help you release the tension, while cold water will wake you up a little, and help you feel energized.
MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE
If you can, try to rise early and exercise first thing in the morning. Being active first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to not only boost your energy, but to also feel more focused. If you can’t exercise in the morning, don’t worry- the most important thing is that you find time to squeeze in your workout somewhere during your day.
GET QUALITY SLEEP
Getting “enough” sleep just isn’t…… enough- you have to get some of that good, quality sleep. I’m talking falling asleep with your TV on and having to wake up in the middle of the night having to turn your TV off. Each night, give yourself some time to unwind– let your body know that it’s time to to get some rest, so you can relax and have a restful night.
What do you do to boost your energy, please share in the comments below...