If you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning and struggle through the day, here are a few natural energy boosters to help you…
1. Go big at breakfast
While it may be tempting to simply grab an apple, or skip breakfast altogether during the morning rush, skipping breakfast may lead to you being tired by mid-morning.
In fact, research has found that people who eat breakfast report being in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day.
2. Ease stress
Stress can leave you feeling both physically and mentally exhausted. Low but ongoing levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time, you find yourself doing less and feeling it more.
Try to deal with feelings of anger, because these will leave you feeling drained, and introduce more relaxation activities to your day. You could try meditating, praying, breathing exercises or doing a gentle exercise like yoga or Pilates.
3. Get some sunshine, sunshine
Getting outside can be both refreshing and it can give you the mental and physical break you need.
Soaking up a few minutes of sunlight has physical benefits too – it helps the body produce vitamin D, which is important for good health.
Exposure to the sun also boosts your serotonin levels, which can improve mood and help you sleep better.
Find more reasons to laugh every day – it’s an immediate way to make you feel good.
Sharing a joke with friends or finding something genuinely funny is the best way to make the most of laughter.
Take a 10-minute break and seek out somebody who will make you laugh, or watch a funny YouTube video.
5. Check thyroid function and blood cell count
It certainly won’t provide an instant boost, however, if you’re continuously feeling low on energy, slow and sluggish, even after a good night’s sleep, talk to a doctor about having a blood test for thyroid dysfunction and anaemia.
Thyroid dysfunction can be a particular problem for women, often developing after childbirth and frequently during perimenopause. A simple blood test can verify if this is your problem. In anaemia, a reduction in red blood cells could mean your body isn’t getting the level of oxygen necessary to sustain energy, so, you tire easily.
6. Go for a walk
There is nothing like a nice brisk walk to give you some energy. Plus, going for a daily walk is a great habit to get into.
When you don’t have the time, try to simply walk more throughout the day. Even taking the stairs instead of the lift helps get the heart pumping.
7. Vote for vitamins
Are you getting enough of the essential energy-related vitamins from your diet?
Although vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet, taking a supplement would certainly help.
Vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are all necessary for maintaining the body’s energy. ATP is another one – it’s the source of energy for most functions within the cell – and are all included in Vita-thion® EXTRA – an effervescent multivitamin which conveniently also contains ginseng.
If you still feel constantly exhausted despite a good sleeping pattern, a balanced diet, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation, visit with your doctor for a full check-up.