There are few worse feelings than being completely, hopelessly devoid of energy. Think those times when even the most basic thoughts and movements require Herculean levels of effort to complete. Caffeine stimulants and sugary drinks might be the obvious quick-fix solutions to these debilitating scenarios, but they mostly act as short-term band-aids that wear off quickly and wreak havoc on your adrenals.
Next time you need a pick-me-up, try any of these four easy and FREE ways to boost your energy naturally, instead.
Water vs. coffee. Let’s be honest, on the surface this is hardly a fair fight. If you’re dragging, chances are you’re reaching for your mug over your water bottle every time. However, water holds a few subtle advantages in the energy department that you may not be aware of. Chief among them is that the oxygen in water travels to each cell of your body, stimulating cognitive and nerve functions. And here’s one more battle that water is going to win each and every time – it’s free!
In order to stay healthy, our bodies require at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. However, just over 70% of Americans fall short (some significantly so) of that benchmark. One way to ease into a peaceful night’s slumber is through the practice of mediation. Take things to the next level by adding a relaxing lavender diffuser to your next night’s session. If you’re not quite ready to incorporate meditation into your daily regimen, the simplest thing you can do to catch more Z’s is to turn your bedroom into a device-free zone. The photoreceptors in your retinas get confused by the exposure to light given off by devices in the evening hours, so fight the urge to rattle off those late-night texts and emails for a more productive tomorrow.
Ditch the Sugar
Sure, sugar may give you that quick shot of energy that your body craves, but the rush is only short term. Consuming sugar triggers your body’s insulin response, which counteracts the sugar that you just consumed, inevitably leaving you more tired than before! Reaching for another sugary drink or snack just perpetuates the vicious circle. It’s a tough habit to kick, but breaking the sugar cycle is a key factor in helping you stay on point and maintain a healthy and productive energy level over the long haul.
When you engage in any kind of mildly strenuous physical activity your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into your bloodstream, which kicks your cardiovascular system into a higher gear, helping you feel more spry and energetic. Instead of staying tethered to your desk during your lunch hour, get your blood pumping with a brisk walk, instead.