Natural Ways to Increase Energy

by admin on July 10, 2009

With our busy lives, many of us end up utterly exhausted. When you take a full-time job, add on some stress with family life or other daily problems, you can be on the fast road to a mental and possibly physical collapse.

If you are feeling completely drained, it’s time to take a look at some steps that you can take to help keep your energy levels high and your overall outlook on life positive. There are also many conditions that lead to exhaustion and it is a good idea to check with your physician to rule out any health problems that may leading to your tiredness, and to make sure that any new additions to your routine will not be harmful.

Get Some Rest

This goes without saying – if you’re too tired, chances are you are not getting enough sleep. The average American does not get their recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Whether busy home lives or work schedules intrude, most people get less than seven hours of sleep, which can lead to a lack of energy and many other problems.

In addition, when you do not sleep for eight hours, your body doesn’t have time to produce the necessary hormones and nutrients that can help you stay on your toes. You may need to look at rearranging your schedule to ensure that you are getting enough time to sleep.

Change Your Afternoon Snacks

By the time 3:00 rolls around, your lunch has probably worn off and you’re ready for your afternoon snack. Instead of reaching for a soda, chips or a candy bar, try replacing these with a complex carbohydrate snack or more protein.

Sugary snacks produce an instant rush and increase in blood sugar, supplying you with more energy. However, this affect is short lived and as your blood sugar levels come back down, the result is a feeling of extreme tiredness. Try adding a protein shake or bar as your afternoon pick-me-up and stay away from known tiredness inducers.

Laugh a Little

When you’re feeling worn out, try to reach for a funny book, cartoon, or chat with a co-worker that makes you laugh. The chemicals that are produced when we laugh are a great way to increase your energy and leave you feeling better almost instantly.

You don’t have to be a slave to your exhaustion. Try to jot down certain times of the day when your energy level drops and you’ll be on your way to solving your problem and on your way to feeling better in no time. It can be difficult to change your patterns, or get enough sleep, but the benefits to your body far outweigh any inconveniences.

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