Find the Energy You Lost Naturally!
By Donna Stark
We've all experienced that all-out energy drain the day after certain things happen in our lives. Times like when we have flown cross-country on the red-eye, when we spent the entire weekend moving into a new home, or when we have been awake all night with a sick child. And although these examples can certainly explain why we may feel like lumps on a log the next day, they come nowhere close to what it actually feels like when living with low energy every single day. If you experience a lack of energy more days than not, and have lost that get-up-and-go attitude for all of the activities you used to love, you may want to consider making some simple lifestyle changes!
Skip the Coffee
OK, fine. You can have that morning cup of coffee, but you shouldn't need to rely on cup after cup just to get you through the day! And those energy drinks? How about we just leave them on your grocer's shelf because there are healthier, more natural ways to find that energy you seemed to have misplaced. Here are some suggestions you can try.
- Stay active - Increasing your daily physical activity can help to increase your energy levels too! And that doesn't mean you have to add even more time to your gym workout. The key is to add more movement in addition to your exercise. So walk more, wash your dishes by hand, get on the floor and play with your children. Get creative!
- Prioritize sleep - Getting quality sleep every night is essential to feeling alert and productive throughout your day. To create an environment conducive to sleep, you could darken your room, keep it cool, use white noise machines, and disconnect with the world by leaving your phone in another space.
- Eat well - Eating well is another important factor in maintaining higher energy levels. Avoid skipping meals, reduce your sugar intake, and try to consume whole, natural foods. Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetable, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats.
- Reduce stress - One of the biggest factors in the loss of energy is stress. Stress can leave you mentally and physically exhausted, and it's no wonder that's the end result if you are spending countless numbers of hours worrying, being anxious, or living in fear. Try to reduce as much stress as you can by finding the things that bring relief on your own or with the help of a professional.
Energize Your Life
Take heart! With just a few simple lifestyle changes, you may end up finding the energy that you have long been looking for! And it couldn't come at a better time, right? Summer is here and you are going to need your energy!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brookfield, Wis.