Have you been feeling a little sluggish lately? Have you found your activity slowly starting to take a backseat? There are many reasons why you could be experiencing a dip in your energy levels, and you could probably blame the holiday season and New Year adjustments for some residual exhaustion. The busy pace of life makes it easy to get weighed down and stretched thin, but continually living with low energy levels may cause you to look and feel older than you really are. There is nothing worse than trying to make it through your daily routine when you feel fatigued and lifeless.
For those who suffer from low energy, there are plenty of modern conveniences that can help bring back the zest for life. Head on over to the grocery store or health food shop and you will find aisles of vitamins, supplements, and herbs that are marketed as energy boosters. There are gummy candies, carbonated beverages, and specially-formulated foods that claim to get you back to your old self. Although commonly included in anti-aging protocols, peptide therapy has been instrumental in revitalizing tired bodies, restoring weak muscles, and improving poor blood flow. There is no shortage of places to turn when you feel like you have nothing left in the tank. However, there are several minor changes you can make in your lifestyle to help improve your energy levels.
Keep Your Stress Under Control
The emotions caused by stress consume a lot of energy. Bottling up negative experiences or holding on to the frustration and chaos of a work situation will drain your energy reserves by the end of the day. Finding ways to help reduce your stress levels of one way to help prevent a buildup of stress-induced emotions, but you can also use a support group, trusted friend, or counseling to help diffuse your stress. Activities like tai chi, yoga, and meditation have been shown effective at reducing stress levels.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Getting enough exercise isn’t just for people wanting to diet or stay in shape. In addition to improving your sleeping habits, exercise increases the demand on your cells and causes your body to circulate more oxygen. This provides the energy needed to sustain your activity levels, but it has lasting effects on your energy production. An added benefit of exercise is the release of both epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are stress hormones that help you feel more energized. You don’t need to hit the gym every day for this help. A brisk 20 minute walk around your neighborhood each day is a good start.
Reduce Your Workload
Chronic fatigue and low energy levels are often caused by overwork. The demands for your time and attention could come from social obligations, domestic priorities, and career or professional duties. If you are a people-pleaser, you may be in worse shape than others, as you have a hard time saying “no” to a favor or an invitation. Reducing your workload or streamlining the list of activities to the priority tasks can help reduce how much stress you put on yourself. You may also need to step back and evaluate the priority list, asking for help with some of the items that will still be a burden to you.
You may think your smoking habit is helpful in calming you down and moving you past the jitters and nerves, but smoking takes energy from you rather than restore it. In general, smoking is bad for your health, but it can cause insomnia and make it harder to rest and replenish your energy sources. The nicotine contained in tobacco raises blood pressure, speeds up the heart rate, and stimulates brain activity. These activities can make it harder to fall asleep, just as can the cravings that come from the addictive nature of nicotine.
Change Your Diet
Your brain (which controls the rest of the body) needs a steady supply of nutrients throughout the day to stay energized. By eating several small meals and healthy snacks every few hours, you can give your body fuel it needs to produce energy. While you think a candy bar will give you a rush of energy, sugary snack options and refined starches produce a drop in energy and creates lethargy just as quickly as the rush of energy comes. Fill your diet with foods that have a low glycemic index and that are high in protein.
Recognizing your low energy challenges shouldn’t be too hard, especially if you can’t make it to guy’s night out or you are skipping spin class with the girls. Changing different avenues of your lifestyle can help restore your energy levels, but you can also look into supplements and medical interventions.
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