From time to time we all feel sluggish – everything feels like too much effort and you just want to be able to give yourself a bit of a jumpstart. Here are 6 ways to do just that …
1. Sleep is a Natural Energy Booster
It sounds obvious, but getting enough good-quality sleep is key to making sure you bounce out of bed rather than crawl. To avoid wasting valuable sleep time watching TV or checking emails, try setting an alarm to tell you when to get into bed. And keep your bedroom cool – studies have found a relationship between insomnia and a high core body temperature.
2. Get Moving
Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but research suggests regular exercise can increase energy levels – even among people suffering from chronic medical conditions associated with fatigue, such as cancer and heart disease. Pick something you enjoy – going for a walk, dancing around the kitchen, a class with a friend – and do it regularly.
3. Eat Energy-boosting Foods
For some people, pasta at lunchtime is guaranteed to make them feel sleepy in the afternoon; for others, it’s the carb boost they need to get through the rest of the day. Keeping a diary of what you eat and your energy levels throughout the day can help you work out which foods pep you up, and which ones pull you down.
Tip: Try boosting your fiber intake with Metamucil Appetite Control to help you feel less hungry between meals* and put some distance between you and temptation.
4. Take Vitamins for Energy
However healthy your diet, our busy lifestyles mean we don’t always get all the nutrients we need. That’s where a dietary supplement can help. A lack of B vitamins can sometimes be responsible for low energy levels, so a daily supplement is a good place to start.
5. Tackle Stress Levels
If lack of energy leads to you doing less, then getting stressed about it, you could be caught in a vicious circle as stress depletes energy levels. The answer? Find a stress-buster that works for you and set aside time for it every day: meditation, knitting, yoga, writing down your worries, relaxing in a hot bath … whatever it takes.
6. Don’t Ignore the Signs
If you’ve been feeling lethargic for a few weeks, even after trying these lifestyle tweaks, it may be worth checking with a medical professional that it’s not a symptom of something more serious. Thyroid problems and anemia can be responsible for a slump in energy, so schedule an appointment with your doctor.
What are some of your favorite energy-boosting tips? Tell us in the comments!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.