Do you feel restless? Have you gotten 7 hours of sleep but still feel tired? Here are some healthy ways to increase your energy levels that will allow you to have a more productive day.
Consider Your Diet - Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that help your body burn fat for energy. Add coconut water to your smoothie, or use coconut oil when cooking. They say the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, could very well be fast because of his consumption of coconut water! Also, chia seeds and green leafy vegetables (like spinach, kale, or collard greens) also have magnesium and chlorophyl that will naturally improve energy levels. Finally, try to eat 1-2 serving of fruits. Fruit contains potassium and fructose that will help boost your energy levels. Taking supplements and making sure you're getting all your vitamins in daily are also essential.
Control Your Stress- Stress-induced emotions consume huge amounts of energy. Lighten your load. We can’t always escape the things that create stress, but we can take steps to counter them. Deep breathing, mindfulness and mediation are all popular ways to reduce cortisol(a stress hormone) production. Reading, laughing with friends, walking, taking a bath, praying, drawing, listening to calming music and massage are also a few other suggestions.
Get Active - The psychological part of exercise has been shown to directly correlate with energy levels. The better you feel, the more energy you will have. Any physical activity that gets your heart rate up and the blood flowing will release endorphins(your body's hormones) that raise your energy levels.
Try Essential Oils - When you think of aromatherapy, relaxing scents like lavender and jasmine probably come to mind. On the contrary, certain scents can also make you feel awake! One of the most powerful scents is peppermint. Incorporate it into your day by sniffing peppermint oil, chewing peppermint gum, or by using peppermint body wash or lotion.
Use Caffeine to your Advantage - Caffeine does help increase alertness, so having a cup of coffee can help sharpen your mind. To get the energizing effects of caffeine, however, you have to use it judiciously. Coffee can cause insomnia, especially when consumed in large amounts or after 2 p.m. Try sticking to 1-2 cups of a small-medium size cup of coffee, preferably before midday.
Stay Hydrated - Drinking water is a simple and inexpensive remedy that will increase energy, fight fatigue, and help keep your body operating at prime efficiency. Water accounts for approximately 60% of our body weight. Every single one of our organs requires water to function properly. Dehydration, even at low levels, can cause various body functions to slow down, leaving you feeling sluggish, tired, and irritable.
Do you try any of these alternatives to increase your energy levels? If not, what do you do instead? Comment below!