In any store, you’ll see a range of vitamins, herbs, and other supplements that claim to boost your energy. Some of these are even added to soft drinks and foods. However, there’s not much evidence that these energy boosters even work. Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to boost your energy levels naturally.
1. Control stress.
Emotions that are induced by stress consume huge amounts of energy. You can soothe stress by talking to a friend or a relative, joining a support group, or seeing a therapist. You could also try therapies like yoga, tai chi, self-hypnosis, or meditation.
2. Lighten your load.
One of the main causes of having no energy is being overworked. This work can be professional, or from family or social obligations. If you can, try to cut down your list of activities on your to-do list. Set your priorities, with the most important tasks first. Cut down the less important tasks. If you need help, ask for it.
Exercise helps you to sleep more soundly, and also gives your cells more energy to burn as oxygen is circulated. Exercising also leads to higher brain dopamine levels which help to boost your mood. You can get the benefits at the gym, with a workout at home, or just a brisk walk. Exercise can be the answer to how to get woke before you hit the gym.
4. Avoid smoking.
Smoking damages your health. Did you know that smoking also siphons off your energy by causing insomnia? The nicotine found in tobacco is a stimulant, speeding up the heart rate, raising your blood pressure, and stimulating brain-wave activity. All of this is associated with wakefulness and makes it harder to get to sleep. When you do manage to fall asleep, the addictive power of the nicotine can kick in and wake you up with cravings.
5. Restrict your sleep.
If you think you’re sleep-deprived, get less sleep. This sounds strange, but by working out how much sleep you actually need, you can reduce the amount of time that you spend in bed not sleeping. This process will then it make it much easier to go to sleep and helps you to get more restful sleep when you do drop off. To try this trick, cut out all naps from the day. On the first night, go to bed much later than usual and get four hours of sleep. If you think you slept well for those four hours, add another fifteen of thirty or minutes of sleep the next night. If you sleep soundly the whole time that you’re in bed, you can slowly add more sleep on successive nights.
6. Eat for energy.
Eat foods that have a low glycemic index. This means the sugars are low and absorbed slowly. This can help you avoid energy dips after eating sugars that are quickly absorbed. Low glycemic index foods include whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils, such as olive oil.
What other natural ways do you do to boost your energy? Let me know in the comments below!