Work, family and a lively social calendar make maintaining your stamina a challenge. Sometimes, despite our efforts to maintain enthusiasm, the little things we do each day sabotage our energy levels. By tweaking your daily habits, you can find yourself never running out of steam.
Find a rhythmic routine
Set your internal clock by creating a regular sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at different times can lead to chronic fatigue. Find a schedule that works for your life and stick to it.
Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to having an energy-filled day, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and regulating your sleep schedule for the best rest.
Start your morning hydrated and fueled
Reach for water first! Drinking water before coffee, tea or eating ensures your organs are hydrated and your blood and brain are oxygenated. More oxygen = more alertness. Try to drink at least 16 oz of water before leaving the house.
After hydrating, breaking your fast with a good protein source is a great way to boost energy naturally. Sugar and carbohydrates unaccompanied by protein can cause your body to fall into a downward energy spiral.
When it comes to fighting fatigue, exercise is a great energy booster. Studies show that the more you move, the more you want to move.
A 2008 University of Georgia study found that people who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20 percent while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65 percent by participating in regular, low-intensity exercise. Try tricks like taking the stairs or parking in the back of the lot to get more movement out of your day.
Stress is a natural biological response to many life situations, but allowing stress to rule your body and mind can leave you worn out by the end of the day. Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which when not expelled from the body properly, can lead to exhaustion, interfere with memory, and raise blood pressure.
When you’re stressed, find release through a little exercise, deep breathing, or brief meditation. These activities can give you energy and support your mood.
Turn to herbs
If you find yourself still fatigued after incorporating these habits into your life, consider turning to non-habit-forming, natural options like herbs and nutritional supplements.
Vitamin B-Complex contains vital B vitamins for enzyme reactions that support energy and circulation. Touches of vitamin C with rose hips and acerola fruit extract provide additional support for your mood, too.
Mineral-Chi Tonic uses herbs traditionally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support the body’s energy channels. It contains ingredients like Eleuthero root and Gynostemma to feed the adrenal glands. Try adding it to your morning glass of water.
Korean Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that can help optimize bodily functions and boost energy.
People who experience fatigue, find themselves lethargic or lack energy, or need a boost of energy can benefit from making changes that will help to increase energy. Establishing a routine can create sustainable energy from day to day.