3 Tips to Boost Your Energy
Fatigue can really get you down, not only physically, but emotionally, too. Not only does a lack of energy sap your body of any forward motion, it can impair your performance by making you feel depressed and unmotivated.
Fatigue can have many different causes, among them chronic infections, anemia, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, hormonal disorders and cancer; overexertion, certain medications, and stress or lack of sleep. Some are serious, underlying problems that require medical attention, while others can be due to physical changes that go along with aging, or a result of a habit or routine.
But take heart: once you face the problem and get treatment your energy level will rebound. So, We came up with 3 tips to boost your energy:
- Get off the couch. Exhaustion may be a good excuse – or a good reason – for heading straight for the couch. But according to studies, light exercise – as little as 10 minutes a day – can replenish energy levels and help beat the “blahs” more than taking it easy can. Rather than making you more fatigued, a leisurely stroll is oftentimes enough to boost energy levels.
- Examine your sleep habits. By some estimates, people sleep 20% less now than they did a century ago. Mental stresses, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea all can contribute to restless nights, leaving you feeling worn out the next day. Evaluating your habits (do you snore or have breathing pauses during sleep?), ensuring you get enough sleep (most adults require between 7 and 8 hours per night) and examining your personal habits (do you drink too much caffeine? Use a computer right before bedtime?) will help you come up with a useful strategy toward increased energy.
- De-Stress. A busy, stressful day can create enough tension in your body to use up a lot of energy. And rare (and lucky!) is the person who doesn’t have multiple days of endless demands put upon their minds and bodies. Deep breathing, yoga, meditation, listening to music or doing something you love can help you relax and break the pattern.