If, like many of us, you find yourself in a midday slump – don’t immediately grab a coffee (I know this is rather rich coming from me). In order for you to power through your never-ending to-do list you are going to need an energy boost and your caffeine addiction isn’t the way to do it.
IDENTIFY ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Are you getting enough sleep? Probably not. 6 to 8 hours a night is the dream, set an alarm for the time that you want to start getting ready for be so you don’t get carried away and suddenly it’s 2 am. Getting enough rest is vital for having enough energy for the next day.
Exercise won’t just help you sleep better at night but it will release a stupid amount of endorphins, resulting in a good mood and super-charging your energy for the day. There are so many options as well – you could get up super early and go for a run before work, or you could do yoga or maybe even a quick HIIT session. Yes, you will feel exhausted afterwards but once you’ve recovered, you’re going to feel pumped up and ready for whatever the day has to throw at you. You could also use your lunch break at work to go for a brisk walk, the fresh air and little burst of exercise will wake your sleepy brain up and bring you back to life a little.
DRINK MORE WATER
On it’s own, water is a great natural energy booster but I can appreciate that it’s very boring. Luckily, after literally a few seconds of browsing Pinterest – I found some great fruit-infused water recipes tailored especially for energy.
Slice fruits or vegetables of your choice into bite-sized pieces.
In a 1 litre jar, place sliced fruits at the bottom of the jar. Fill to the top with ice.
Pour water until full and seal with a lid. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least half an hour so flavours can seep into the water.
This will keep in the fridge up to two days, water is most refreshing when cold.
Orange, lemon, ginger:
Oranges aid with healthy blood circulation, lemons help aid digestion (and freshen breath), and ginger is a famous immune system booster.
Cucumber, raspberry, grape:
Cucumber is hydrating and flushes out toxins, raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties, and grapes contain cancer-fighting and cleansing compounds.
Rhubarb, apple, cinnamon:
Rhubarb contains vitamin K to help with blood clotting, apples have an array of benefits including maintaining bone and tissue health, and cinnamon is one of the most efficient boosters of metabolism.
Strawberry and lime:
Strawberries are jam-packed with anti-oxidants, and limes are an excellent anti-ageing weapon due to its restorative properties for hair, skin, and nails.
Pineapple and mint:
Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis, and mint supports the digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes.
SWITCH UP YOUR DIET
What you eat has a direct correlation with your energy levels. Eat like shit, feel like shit. Yes, that chocolate bar is yummy and it will give you a shot of energy – for all of 5 minutes, and then you likely feel worse and rather sluggish. Take a moment to consider what you typically eat on a daily basis, then take a moment to think about what you can swap out. So, for example honey in your tea instead of sugar, brown rice (natural energy boost) instead of white, a banana instead of chocolate. All of these swaps have the potential to make the world of difference.
Alcohol has a huge list of all the ways it can negatively effect you, and the impact it has on your quality of sleep is near enough the top of that list. Overall, drinking has very little benefit to you – it makes you feel lethargic and dreary. Try cutting it out and see how you feel, it can only do you (and your wallet) good.