Energy is essential in this sleep-deprived, high-speed, modern world. Here are 5 simple ways to recharge your batteries and increase productivity and energy levels. If your energy reserves are running low, consider implementing a few of these recommendations over the next few weeks and see how you feel:
1. Get a good night's sleep.
Getting the right amount of sleep at the right times is critical to staying energized during the day. Eliminate as much light as possible from your bedroom as light interferes with the body's circadian rhythm thereby interfering with sleep. Avoid napping during the day especially in the late afternoon.
2. Get your body moving - exercise.
Implement at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise at least 4 times a week. By expending energy on a regular basis, you actually boost your energy levels. Do it regularly but do not push yourself to the point of exhaustion.
3. Slow down and do less.
Evaluate your to-do lists and list down your priorities. Get rid of the less important items. Schedule leisure time for yourself. Stress from any source is an energy zapper, and will have an adverse impact on your general health.
4. Eat small but frequent meals.
By maintaining a steady supply of nutrients to your body, you increase your long-term energy levels. Incorporate proteins, wholegrains, high-fibre vegetables and nuts into your diet to maintain balanced blood sugar levels. Also, make sure your bigger meals are in the middle of the day rather than at night.
5. Cut out energy zappers from your diet.
Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause plummeting energy levels. Decrease or cut out refined sugars from your diet. Caffeine intake should also be limited to the mornings. Overuse of caffeine especially in the afternoons will lower energy levels after they give you an initial kick.