Being energetic or otherwise is something that can have a profound impact on our ability to enjoy and appreciate life. Most of us think we have enough energy and so it’s something we don’t tend to notice, but when you do find yourself with an energy lull, or somehow getting an energy boost it can make a huge and very noticeable difference. Not only does it alter how much energy you have to go out and do things, but it affects how fully you are able to enjoy them, your mood and even your eating habits.
Here then we will look at some ways you can increase your energy; if you have low energy then these techniques may help you to live a more normal life, but even if you don’t you may be surprised by the benefits.
Regulate Your Sleep
Sleep has a lot to do with our general energy levels and I could write several articles on the topic of how to get more sleep and make sure it’s more healthy. Rather than that though, I’m going to outline one of the most important key things that people forget – the regularity of sleep. The thing is that our bodies like routine and they like predictable behavior as it allows them to get into a rhythm and prepare for what’s coming as well as to adopt to that lifestyle. By going to bed at the same tie every day and getting up at the same time every day you can greatly increase your energy levels and your wakefulness during the day.
Get Up Right Away
Another quick way to increase your energy levels is to make sure that you get up as soon as you wake up. It doesn’t matter here what time you wake up (as long as it’s the same time every week) – but what’s important is that you get up when your alarm goes off than rolling over and hitting snooze. Doing the latter will almost always make you more groggy than you were the first time.
You know this one, but it’s worth stressing anyway: exercise is a fantastic way to improve general health and particularly energy levels. When you work out this forces your body to adapt to stress which means it becomes much more energy-efficient in general – better at getting blood around your body, better at taking in and using oxygen and generally more fuel-efficient meaning you feel more energetic. Endorphins produced right after you train will also help to improve your mood.
Your mood has a direct impact on your energy levels and tiredness and lethargy are two of the main symptoms of depression. If you are depressed or stressed then this saps your energy which makes you more depressed – it’s a vicious circle. The solution of course is to get help and there are many ways you can do this from getting hypnotherapy to seeing a counselor.
If one thing can get us humans out of a funk it’s hanging out in large groups. Here the energy of other people rubs off on us and we forget ourselves for a bit. While it might be the last thing you want to do, going out and seeing friends is crucial to improve your energy levels.
And finally make sure you are eating the correct diet. Again there are books written on this subject, but in short you should make sure that you’re not eating too much fat, and that you are getting your fill of complex carbs and fiber. You’ll notice the difference when you get it right, so use that as your compass.
The article is written by health expert David Swansea.