Are you one of those people that need a caffeine boost midday to get you through your afternoon? This was defiantly me before I discovered how to activate my body’s natural ability to produce and preserve energy.
For years I thought that being tired in the afternoon was normal and that a cup of coffee or an energy drink was the answer to my post lunch drowsiness. No matter how good I slept the night before, my body wanted more by midday. Which of course I would resist in most cases, but on the rare occasion I did take a nap, I would always feel guilty for doing so.
After being fed up with the lack of energy for years, I decided to focus inward and listen to my body instead of my normal go to (caffeine). I started asked myself questions like, “why am I tired every day around the same time? Why am I losing focus? What is really going on?”
Turns out, our bodies know exactly what we need, but unfortunately, we stopped listening a long time ago, and even feel guilt or shame if we don’t stick to the conditioning society has placed on us to keep us in the daily grind.
In this write up, I am going to share with you the five things I do when feeling fatigued. Not only do these tips boost your energy, but they also improve your overall mental and physical health. And, you will be amazed how much more you will get done in your day.
- Eat a light lunch. Nothing robs your energy quicker than overeating or eating a heavy meal. When you eat like this, your body sends blood to your stomach that would otherwise be carrying oxygen to your brain and to other areas of your body. Instead, eat a light meal that is nutrient rich and easy to digest. Stick with light carbs such as fruits, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and rice. Eat until you are full, not stuffed!
- Take a power nap. A quick way to turn up the energy that lasts the rest of the day is to give into a short nap or what is also known as a “power nap”. The trick is to set an alarm for the desired amount of time (no more than 20 minutes) and make sure to get up! You may feel tired when first waking up, but this short nap will energize you and improve your mental and physical health. I was very hesitant to a power nap in the beginning because I felt I was wasting time and/or being lazy. But shortly after I started implementing them in my daily regimen, I noticed my productivity went through the roof, my stress levels were way lower, and I was much more focused and clearer in my head.
- Get up and move. If you spend most of your workday in a chair behind a desk, then you need to make sure you get up and move every few hours. Sitting too long slows your metabolism, heart rate, and oxygen flow. Take a few minutes to change your state by doing jumping jacks, dancing, or running around the building. Doesn’t matter how you move as long as it lifts you up energetically and emotionally.
- Meditate to ease stress – Stress is a daily visitor to all of us. It’s how you deal with it that will determine the effects it leaves on you. Stress in small doses is okay, and even a great way to get you moving. But, too much can cause a lot of problems and is an intense energy sucker. Taking time to calm your nerves is a great way to lower stress levels and save energy to be used more productively.
- Herbs & Vitamins – One of the most important things you can do to improve your energy and lower stress is to make sure to get enough B-Vitamins each day. There are eight B-Vitamins, each are needed to breakdown fats and sugars into a form of energy your body can use. Your body also uses them to maintain a healthy balance of hormones which helps you deal with stress better. And because stress is such a big energy thief, taking ashwagandha will also help you manage your stress more efficiently. Click here to learn more about these herbs and vitamins.
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Capsicum. Supports circulation and helps maintain healthy blood sugar.
Ginseng. An herb that encourages mental and physical stamina.
Ginger. Helps to speed up your digestive system so that less energy is used when digesting a meal.