Many people complain of fatigue frequently. After long hours at the office, housework, caring for children and running errands, it would take a superhero to not feel tired. You may be tempted to chug an energy drink or a few cups of coffee when you’re running low on fuel, but doing so will only give you a boost for a few hours, followed by a hard crash – not to mention how damaging continued use of energy drinks and supplements are to your health. The fact remains that you’re exhausted though – so how do you get your energy back naturally?
Get Some Exercise
It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise and work your body harder when you’re already tired. But the truth is, exercise is vital to getting adequate rest. Even if you manage to get eight hours of sleep at night, if you are not getting quality sleep, it won’t matter how long you stay in bed. Aim to exercise at least a little each day, even if it means just taking the steps at work instead of the elevator.
If you’re exhausted at the end of every day, it’s likely that you’re overworked. Now who can really prevent being overworked these days, with kids and jobs and houses to take care of? But some people – women especially – have a habit of taking on more work than they can handle and are tired and stressed because their load is simply too heavy for just one person to carry. Stop chastising yourself for not being able to get it all done, and delegate some tasks that can be done by others who are willing to help out. If you can’t get help, let it go. The dishes will wait until tomorrow.
Avoid Large Meals
Instead of eating three big meals a day, which will undoubtedly contribute to that mid-afternoon slump (surely there are actually two hours hidden in between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon). Instead, try to eat four to five smaller meals or snacks throughout the day to sustain your energy. Make sure you are eating foods that will contribute to your energy levels instead of suck them dry. Swap heavy carbs for almonds, fruits and other snacks.
Make an effort to gain more energy naturally instead of constantly resorting to quick fixes and you will notice that your energy levels begin to rise. You will also notice that you begin to have more energy overall, without experiencing significant drops in your energy levels every day!
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