What Is Draining Your Energy?
By Donna Stark
As much as it may seem like your days at work are getting tougher and longer, the truth is, they aren't. You're just lacking the things that used to come naturally, things like focus, productivity, and a fire in your belly because your energy reserves have been completely drained as of late. It certainly doesn't take much to notice that something is off, but it makes me wonder ... how many days are you going to continue to struggle until you finally take some action to restore those energy levels?
Top Energy Drainers
One of the most obvious things that zap our energy is a lack of sleep, but that isn't the only energy drainer to look for! Take a look at a few more below. You may be surprised.
- Stress - Stress can come in many forms, but it doesn't always have to be jarring or traumatic to have a significant effect on your energy levels. Even just your daily stress of getting the kids to school on time, finishing those projects at work, and maintaining healthy relationships can eat your energy away. Working on healthier ways to manage your stress is a must!
- Breakfast - How was your breakfast this morning? Did you even eat breakfast? Your morning meal sets the stage for how the rest of your day goes, and if you don't fill your body with something nutritious, you will end up depriving your brain and muscles of vital nutrients.
- Perfection - Are you a perfectionist? If you are, you know how tiring that can be! Sometimes your desire to be perfect can be downright draining, can't it? It's important to expend your energy on the things that really do need to be a certain way and save your energy on the tasks that don't.
- Low-fat diet - Fat has certainly gotten a bad rap over the years, hasn't it? And that's unfortunate because a lot of the information out there is inaccurate. In addition to mood swings, dry skin, and cognitive issues, removing all fat from your diet can also lead to low energy and fatigue.
- Health issues - If you cannot pinpoint what is causing your energy levels to drop, it may be time to see a medical professional. Explain to your doctor how you have been feeling and how long you have been experiencing your symptoms. With a full examination and the proper tests, you may be able to walk away with an answer.
Stop struggling with low-energy days and start thinking about your behaviors and habits that could be contributing to them! Whether you find the answer through trial and error or with a trip to the doctor, the time you invest in doing so will be worth it!
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