Many people are stressed out and tired because of all the things we have to do every day. We have to balance work, caring for children, maintaining relationships with parents (some of whom may be seriously ill), spending time with our spouses and somehow finding time for ourselves. As a result, many people live on coffee or other sources of caffeine to give them energy. However, there are much healthier ways to keep yourself energized all day long.
Exercising is the most natural energy booster there is. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins, which help elevate your mood and give you more energy. In addition, when you exercise, more oxygen flows to your brain, heart and other vital organs. The increased oxygen in your body helps you to feel more energized throughout the day.
Even if you don’t have time for a formal exercise program, you can still sneak some exercise into your day to help you stay energized. Go for a short walk in the morning or at lunchtime, or do some jumping jacks in the restroom during a break period to help wake yourself up.
Avoid Processed Sugar
Some people try to energize themselves by drinking high-sugar energy drinks, sodas and coffee all day. However, sugar actually increases fatigue. When you ingest processed sugar, it causes a spike in your blood sugar level. Your body responds to this by producing extra insulin to keep your blood sugar at appropriate levels. (Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate high blood sugar levels.) The increase in insulin leads you to feel fatigued.
Thus, it’s important to avoid processed sugar such as that found in candy, soft drinks and junk food. This doesn’t mean you should avoid all sugar–the complex carbohydrates found in granola bars and bagels takes all day to break down and helps you stay energized all day.
Make Sure to Eat Iron
Iron helps you stay energized and avoid fatigue. If you are tired all the time, you might not be getting enough of this mineral. You can find iron in fortified cereals, fish, eggs and chicken so make sure to make these items staples in your diet.
Maintain Weight Without Going to Extremes
It’s important that you stay at a healthy weight in order to remain energized. If you are overweight or underweight, your body won’t operate optimally. Obesity leads to fatigue because your body has to work harder to move your weight around, while being underweight could cause you to lose vital nutrients. It’s important to control weight via your diet and exercise plan. Some people skip meals or exercise too much to make themselves lose weight. These unhealthy behaviors are counterproductive and cause your body to be fatigued because it isn’t getting the nutrients it needs for optimal survival.
Use Energizing Oils
Peppermint and jasmine oils have been shown to energize the body and keep fatigue away. You can purchase these oils at new age stores or stores that sell lots of candles and fragrances. Put a drop of oil onto a clean handkerchief and sniff it to wake yourself up every morning. You can also light peppermint or jasmine-scented incense to energize yourself.
Get Enough Sleep
Obviously, if you aren’t sleeping enough, you will feel tired. It’s important to get eight hours of sleep a night. Create a bedtime routine for yourself to help yourself get enough sleep. Get off your computer or phone about an hour before you want to go to bed. Play soft music or light some candles to help make the room feel more peaceful. Lie down at about the same time each night so that your body begins to expect to sleep at that time.
Grace Kelly writes for Del-Immune V