Have you ever wondered how did it happen that not just that long ago it was summer and you were full of energy, while now, rolling into fall, the energy is dipping low? What happened to its reserves? In this article, we’ll discuss not only why you’re tired but how to feel energized in simple steps. Let’s go!
Why You’re Tired: You are what you eat
Next time you have a craving for that carrot cake or banana loaf with your pumpkin spice late, think about your energy levels 30 minutes from then! You see, when you eat refined carbohydrates (cookies, baked goods, granola bars, breads) and drink sweet drinks – the blood sugar levels go through the roof. This quickly provides a surge of energy, but if you’re not running a marathon at this moment, this energy is not really being used up. This messes up the blood sugar levels for the rest of the day – resulting in fatigue, laziness and more cravings. What’s even more upsetting, is that the sugar that is not immediately used up, goes into energy storage for later – which is fat. 1st Way to Feel Energized: Cut out the sugar. Read the labels to make sure you’re not consuming products with added sugar (which can also hide under names as: glucose, sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, cane juice, agave, fructose). Instead of sweetened drinks, try to make your own with unsweetened milk, tea and stevia!
Why You’re Tired: Water please!
If you’re drinking plenty of coffee and tea, chances are, you’re not drinking enough of fresh water. Since water flushes out the toxins and helps to optimize cellular functioning – it is vital to our existence. Lack of water may cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cramps and many other symptoms.
2nd Way to Feel Energized: Aim for drinking 1.5L of fresh water daily in small sips (water in tea or coffee does not count!).
Why You’re Tired: Workout-Burnout
If last year your resolution was to join the gym, but to actually attend it was not really in your plans, let’s rethink it! You may feel too tired to exercise, but consider this –a workout not only makes your body look good, but it actually makes it feel good on cellular level. Proper exercise enhances circulation which in essence stimulates blood flow to the brain – increasing cognition, alertness and energy levels. It’s also now proven that regular exercise promotes proper blood-sugar regulation and release of endorphins – resulting in a healthier, happier you. 3rd Way to Feel Energized: Pick an activity that you enjoy (zumba, swimming, salsa classes, biking are great options) and engage in them at least 4 times a week. Make sure to stretch and rest well between your workouts! You’ll feel refreshed sooner than you think!
Why You’re Tired: Give me a Break!
So you may be overloaded with work and may feel too overwhelmed to take a break. Yet! This can actually slow you down. Doing a repetitive task without taking a breather can stall creative processes and rob you of your energy. 4th Way to Feel Energized: Take a 5 minute break from work every 50 minutes. Get up and move, stretch, breathe, go get a drink of water. This will help you to increase your circulation, keep you thinking sharper and give you the energy for the rest of the day. Also, keep a rosemary essential oil close to you, as this powerful herb enhances memory and cognition.
Why You’re Tired: Forgetting to Breathe
Are you really breathing? Take your hand and put it on your stomach. Breathe in. Does your stomach rise? If yes, success – you’re a good breather. If no – please read on. The stomach should rise upon inhale, as this ensures that the lungs are fully being filled (otherwise you’re not getting enough oxygen). Poor breathing can contribute to asthma, dizziness, poor immune system, ineffective digestion, low energy and even anxiety! 5th Way to Feel Energized:
Practice real breathing! Take your hand and put it on your stomach. Slowly inhale through your nose. Make your hand rise by inflating your stomach during the inhale. Then, slowly exhale, watching your abdomen tuck in. Repeat this exercise at least 5 times a day and notice a surge of energy come your way!
I hope that you’ve found these tips helpful. What worked for you? What didn’t? I’d love to hear back from you. Feel free to reach me at Dr.Olia@SolveMyStress.com or schedule appointment at SolveMyStress.com.