Our increasingly busy lifestyles both in and outside of work are placing more demands on us than ever. All of this extra strain can eventually weigh heavily on us and even lead to burnout.
If you’re one of the many people who feel affected by low energy levels, then you’ll no doubt be wondering if there’s anything you can do to change this. Although doctors can offer medication to help with some energy level problems, there are actually natural ways of improving your energy levels that doesn't require a trip to the doctor or any pharmaceutical drugs.
The following 5 ways of increasing your energy levels are all simple and natural. None of them is a guaranteed method, but there’s a great chance that by using any of these approaches you’ll experience at least some benefit.
It might seem completely obvious and you may have heard this over and over again but it simply cannot be repeated enough. Getting enough sleep is essential to having good energy levels. What many of us now take for a good sleep is actually inadequate. Although the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, for most the optimal amount of sleep is 8 hours. This period of sleep should be as uninterrupted as possible. There are many ways of improving the quality of your sleep which you can easily learn about by reading here if you're experiencing sleeping problems.
Starting or scheduling in regular exercise and committing to your routine daily if only for 20 minutes each day, can have a profound effect on your energy levels. By taking regular exercise, you improve your physical fitness, giving you greater stamina which means you can carry out activities for longer without getting tired as quickly.
Your body gets its energy from the food you eat, so one of the worst things you can do for your energy levels is to skip meals. Eating less food means having less energy. And if you really must skip a meal, make sure it’s not breakfast. By the time you wake up in the morning it will already have been a long time since you ate dinner and to go without a source of energy for your body. Skipping out breakfast only increases this.
Although it’s important not to miss meals, in order to keep your energy levels at their peak it’s actually better not to have 3 big meals per day… Instead, you should try to eat 5 servings of smaller healthier meals sizes throughout the day. This will provide your body with a steadier supply of energy throughout the day preventing the energy levels fluctuating that you may be all too familiar with.
Another big factor affecting our energy levels is stress. Feeling stressed can drastically decrease your energy levels making it difficult to stay focused or even awake. Find ways to reduce your stress and you will almost certainly see an improvement in energy. Exercise is one great way to reduce stress levels. Another useful stress-busting tip is to plan your day in advance before sleeping and/or writing a gratitude journal. It can help clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and worries and help to keep you focused on all the blessings you have in your life.