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Are You Energized or Exhausted?

By Genevieve Cunningham

When you wake up in the morning, are you energized and ready for the day? It's probably more likely that you wake up and feel exhausted. You don't want to open your eyes. You don't want to get up. You just don't have the energy to really thrive. Of course, we get up and go about our day anyway. We accept this exhausted state as normal -- a part of being an adult. Luckily, exhaustion doesn't have to be a constant feeling. It's possible to increase your energy and feel more prepared for whatever life throws at you. If you would like to feel energized instead of exhausted, take a look at what you can do to feel your best.

Why You're Exhausted

Before you can figure out how to end the exhaustion, it's important to understand the cause. Some of the most common causes of fatigue include:

  • Lack of sleep - The vast majority of people don't get adequate sleep. We don't go to bed on time, we toss and turn, and we never make sleep a priority. 

  • Poor diet - Eating junk will make you tired. Junk food doesn't provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients to give us energy throughout the day.

  • High stress - Are you stressed? Of course you are -- we all are! When we have too much stress, we hold tension, spend energy on worry, and feel overly fatigued. When it comes to stress, fatigue is an almost guaranteed side effect.

How to Gain Energy

If you're tired of being tired, there are some small things that you can do to make a big impact on your energy and general mood. To really get your energy moving upward, you can try these:

  • Get better sleep - It has to be a priority. If you make sleep a priority, your brain and body will feel refreshed, energized, and focused. You absolutely cannot make up for bad sleep, and so you have to make it important instead.

  • Get more exercise - Movement makes the body tired, which means you can get better sleep. But movement also brings its own energy into the picture. Those who regularly exercise are more energized than those who live a sedentary lifestyle. 

  • Improve your diet - You have to eat well. Fueling your body with fruit, vegetables, and lean proteins can give you the nutrients you need to thrive. 

  • Minimize - Too much stuff is draining. Try to minimize everything in your life. Cut out needless activities, throw out junk, and minimize both things and stress in your life. It will make a huge impact on your overall well-being. 

Feeling tired isn't an uncommon sensation. We're all so busy and engaged in life, it's normal to feel the fatigue. But you don't have to accept it as a constant state. Use these tips to improve the energy in your life so that you can be fully involved and work toward success from here on out. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo.

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