What to Do When Energy Runs Away and Hides
By Sandy Schroeder
We all have those days when we simply cannot do one more thing, but what happens when every day feels like that? If you find yourself depleted every afternoon, it might be time to rethink how you are doing business. Harvard Health suggests you take simple natural steps to build an energy reserve and keep it.
I tend to be one of those people who runs on nervous energy and caffeine, but that does not always work out. Either you run too fast for too many days and then fold, or coffee makes everything happen, but your body takes the impact and you find it hard to wind down and get the rest that you need.
Here are some tips to generate and keep a steady flow of energy. See if they fit.
Find the right pace - It's tempting to power ahead in the morning to do as much as possible, but you may just wipe out and find yourself in an afternoon slump. Start with your best working time and do the most important projects then. Break for lunch and come back with another push to do secondary projects. Or consider working at home for an hour to give special projects some concentrated quiet time before you go to the office. At the end of the day, sit down for a relaxing dinner and wind down to get the 7 to 9 hours of rest that provides energy for the next day.
Give your body premium fuel - Yes donuts and pastries with espresso can be heavenly, but that sugar burst of energy can drop right off to low blood sugar and total fatigue very quickly. Shoot for energy maintenance by eating lean protein and unrefined carbohydrates.
Replace those donuts with a creamy Greek yogurt topped with peanut butter, dark chocolate cocoa and nuts or whip up a veggie omelet full of red peppers, green onions and Parmesan cheese. After breakfast, keep right on going with a turkey breast salad or sandwich for lunch and a broiled salmon dinner topped off with a baked sweet potato and a spicy Brussels sprouts side dish. Never skip meals and stick to nuts and fruit for snacks.
Keep moving - Try for 30 minutes of daily walking and keep building from there. You will sleep better and feel more energized as you build muscle and lift your spirits. If possible get outside every day, early in the morning or after work, with your kids. Avoid the work all day and then come home and collapse on the couch syndrome. Park a treadmill or stationary bike in the family room and carry your sneakers and exercise mat with you.
You will know everything is working when you get up on time without groaning, and drift off at night for a good night's rest. Make those your goals and enjoy the energy lift.
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