It’s getting colder out, days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. School has started up again, our lives are getting more hectic and everyone is starting to complain about their lack of energy. It becomes a bigger problem during this time of year and into the colder months but it is really a problem through out the year. What can you do to change it? A few things through out the day can make all the difference in the world.
Morning- First off, make sure you are starting your day right. No snooze button. That’s right, hitting the snooze button over and over and going back to sleep can throw off your hormone levels making it harder to get up in the morning. Once you’re up, make sure there is plenty of light in the room to optimize the bodies wake up process. If it isn’t light out, turn on the lights. Next step is exercise. Now I know a lot of people find it hard to work out in the morning but a nice walk or some yoga when you get out of bed is a great way to get your body moving and wake you up. Last, but not least breakfast. They don’t say that breakfast is the most important time of the day for no reason, but that doesn’t mean a bagel and some coffee and you’re out the door. Make sure you have some lean protein and some healthy fat to get your metabolism going and supply you with a good amount of energy through out your morning.
During the day- Ok, so you’ve made it to lunch time feeling great. How do you keep this momentum up? First, make sure you’re fueling your body right. Avoid rich, fatty foods which will only slow you down and make you want to crash. Instead incorporate fruit and protein to help you get a pick-me-up and help you sustain that energy. Also try eating lunch outside. The natural light will help you boost your Vitamin D levels which helps regulate your metabolism and insulin secretions which helps with energy.
Night- After getting home from work give yourself time to unwind and clear your mind. Stressing out about the day is only going to make you crash. A great way to do this is to get a workout in which will give you a great energy boost. If you plan on relaxing with a glass of wine, remember to make sure you do at least two hours before bed as to not disturb your sleep pattern. Lastly, late night cravings. We all have them, but unless you didn’t eat a balanced dinner, most likely you aren’t hungry, your sleepy. The body can confuse the two when the glucose levels start to come down and the melatonin in our body starts to increase before bedtime. Instead of binging, eat something light and easy to digest such as some plain yogurt.
We all struggle with a lack of energy but if you follow these tips throughout your day, you should see great improvement on your ability to stay awake and not feel like you’re going to fall asleep at a moments notice.
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