Lately, you’ve been feeling tired. Stressed. Sluggish. It seems like you go through your days in a state of permanent exhaustion, and sometimes this makes it difficult to enjoy your life. Instead of going on adventures, forging new relationships, and building your career, you can’t wait to get home and take a nap.
What’s worse is that this affects your mental and physical health. Since you’re so tired and slow to move, you forego your exercise and spend most of your time staring at a screen, not doing much of anything.
What happened to all your energy?
Don’t worry, you’re about to get it back. We have some tips that will give you the much-needed boost of liveliness and help you recharge your energy.
Start a new exercise routine
According to statistics, an average person spends around 12h a day in a sedentary state, independent of sleep. This is horrifying. It means that most of us tend to spend our days inactive, getting up only to reach our car or the public transport on our way to work.
It’s no wonder we’re so tired all the time. Our bodies barely move, so we have poor circulation, poor posture, and poor health in general. If you want to wake your body up and give it energy, then it’s time to start moving.
But don’t worry, exercising doesn’t have to be a chore. Anything from relaxing walks in the park to upbeat dance lessons or spiritual yoga practice can be a great way to improve your blood flow and deliver more oxygen to your brain.
Cut down on sugar and junk food
Sugar makes us tired in the long run. While it can give you a temporary spike in energy when you first consume a candy bar or a doughnut, it’s going to cause a crash after a very short period of time. The worst thing is, this will make you crave more sugar, and you’ll enter a vicious circle where you’re just gaining more weight and not gaining any energy.
Other types of junk food are no better – they rarely have any useful nutrients and they have plenty of additives. Our advice? Cut down on sugary junk, and start feeding your body some real food. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts, and seeds are nutrient-dense and they can nourish your body and give it the kind of energy that lasts. Instead of mid-day fog and weariness, you’ll start feeling wide-awake and alert if you just give your body some quality nutrition.
Boost your immune system with supplements
Fatigue can be a symptom of a rickety immune system. If you get sick often, have trouble sleeping, and seem to be exhausted all day, then it’s time to improve your immune defenses and help your body recover gently.
Good food and exercise are the first steps towards that goal, and you can aid your healthy living habits by incorporating quality immunity supplements into your daily routine.
Look for ingredients like L-lysine vitamins A and C, vitamin B12, zinc, and pantothenic acid which will boost your immune defenses naturally. Another great ingredient is echinacea, which is high in antioxidants and has been scientifically proven to aid immune system function.
Other things that can help you are vitamin D3 and stinging nettle leaf extract, which can both help balance the immune response.
Fix your sleeping pattern
If you’re always tired, your first instinct might be to “catch up” on your sleep during the weekend. However, unless you’ve been getting less than 5-6 hours of sleep every day, this is usually a mistake, especially if you tend to oversleep and wake up very late.
The best way to actually feel alert during the day is to establish a consistent sleeping pattern – get up at the same time each day, and go to bed at the same time each day, even on weekends. This will train your body to develop a healthy routine and you’ll feel less tired in the middle of the day.
If you have trouble falling asleep in the evening, avoid drinking coffee after 3 PM, and avoid staring at any kind of screen a couple of hours before bed. The bright, blue lights from our phone and computer screens tend to keep our brains wide awake despite exhaustion.
Manage stress levels
Stress can make us feel incredibly tired, and we have to find a way to control it before it gets out of control and increases our fatigue. Breathing exercises and meditation can go a long way when it comes to soothing anxiety, so take some time to enjoy mindfulness in your life. If you’re not sure where to start, do this simple exercise when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
- Breathe in slowly at the count of three.
- Hold your breath for several seconds.
- Breathe out slowly at the count of five.
You should feel your tension easing slightly. If you want to take it a step further, then try some guided meditation exercises early in the morning or right before bed.
There’s a lot you can do when the weight of your fatigue isn’t bringing you down. Make some positive lifestyle changes, take it easy, and you’ll feel happy, healthy, and energized.