How to kick start your energy levels.

All of us feel sluggish from time to time. . If you feel as though you have hit a slump, there are many things that you can do to recharge your batteries.

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Feeling sluggish?  Read on!

 

Examine your sleeping patterns

Start by thinking about your sleeping habits.  How many hours do you spend asleep each night?  Do you wake up often during the night?  Do you feel refreshed when you wake? If you aren’t sleeping well, there are a few things you can try.  Establish a night-time routine that lets your mind and body know that it is time for bed. Make sure that your bed is comfortable with enough covers to keep you warm, but not so many that you will be too hot. Make sure that your bedroom is dark enough, and consider trying an eye mask to block out all the light. If you are finding it hard to sleep because you are anxious, try keeping a journal, talking to a friend or seeing a counsellor to work out your worries. If all else fails, make an appointment with your doctor to try to get to the bottom of your sleeping woes.

 

Fuel that bod!

Drink more water. Many of us are walking around in a perpetual state of semi-dehydration.  Not drinking enough water can make you feel lethargic and sluggish.  Try upping your intake to about 2 litres a day.

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  Get creative with your cooking and find new and exciting ways to add fresh produce to your diet.   Fruit and vegetables contain essential nutrients that support your body and help it to function efficiently.  They are also packed with fibre, which is important for gut health.  If your bowels don’t get enough fibre they aren’t able to work properly, so it takes your body a long time to deal with waste products.  This can cause feelings of sluggishness and bloating which all contribute to a lack of energy.

Check your iron levels. Women especially need to ensure that their iron levels aren’t depleted. If you think you aren’t getting enough iron, up your intake of red meat, spinach, leafy green vegetables, wholegrain cereals, poultry and fish. Also, remember to keep your vitamin C levels up, because vitamin C aids in absorption of iron in the body.

 

Catch some rays

Spend more time outdoors. If you are lacking in vitamin D, then your energy levels will plummet. We obtain some vitamin D from food, but the richest source of this vitamin is from the sun. If you work in an office or spend most of your time indoors, you might have low levels of vitamin D. Aim to spend fifteen minutes outside each day, and let your skin soak up the sun’s rays.

 

Depression: the biggest energy killer.

Take a look at your mood. If you are feeling down or stressed, it can have a toll on your overall vitality. Try to take half an hour each day to do something that you enjoy.  Make an effort to catch up with your friends and family to decompress and de-stress.  Consider seeing a professional if you think you might be depressed.

 

 

Get moving!

Moving your body for thirty minutes a day, three times a week can have a huge effect on your energy levels. Exercise doesn’t have to be grueling to be effective.  There are plenty of relaxing and fun ways to get moving. Try walking to work, dancing around to your favourite CD or doing some yoga.

 

 

If you have tried all of the above things and your energy levels are still low, you should visit your doctor for a check up. A doctor will be able to assess if you have any dietary deficiencies or medical problems that might be dragging you down. They will also be able to look closely at any reasons why you might not be sleeping so well or refer you to a psychologist if you think you might be depressed.

A lack of energy is a normal by-product of a busy lifestyle.  If you’re feeling lethargic and exhausted, you need to take the time to listen to your body and nurture yourself.  It could simply be that you’re pushing yourself too hard, or that there’s an area of your health that you’re not paying close attention to.  Take care of yourself and don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional if you think there may be something wrong.

 

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