3 Holistic Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels Throughout the Day
There’s so much to be done in life, and so little time to do it all in. That seems to be a consistent feeling among many, virtually all, people living amid the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
There are books to read, courses to do, films to see, places to visit, work to get done, hobbies to participate in, and fitness routines to dive into.
But what if your problem with navigating this complex web of potential adventures isn’t just that you seem to lack the free time to make things happen, but that you just don’t have as much energy as you’d want in order to do so?
There are few things quite as frustrating as arriving home from work every day, hammered by fatigue, and watching the hours slip away because you simply don’t have the energy to do much of anything at all. Careful and considerate use of stimulants such as coffee, or water with caffeine, can certainly help — and even seem to have some health benefits — but there is more to the picture.
Here are some tricks for increasing your energy levels throughout the day…
EAT FILLING AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS
To say that many people have an unhealthy relationship with food is perhaps an understatement. It’s a frighteningly common nutritional habit among busy people to eat primarily processed foods, on the go, and at irregular intervals, while relying on sugary snacks for quick cycles of rush-and-crash in order to make it through the workday.
This is a terrible way of ensuring consistent energy levels throughout the day and typically results in — among other things — unstable blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and a downward spiral into anxiety and depression.
If you struggle with maintaining consistent energy levels, make a point of eating balanced, filling, whole-food meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Eating something every 3-4 hours is typically a good way of sustaining consistent energy levels and avoiding massive surges in stress-hormone production. You can also supplement your diet with nutritional products. If you suffer from fatigue, the energise me collection from GPNutrition is a great way to ease yourself into supplements and understanding how they battle ailments such as fatigue and sore joints.
People tend to be sorely disconnected from the natural cycles of nature that are essential to our health and well-being. One of the most fundamental of these is the day-night cycle which influences our circadian rhythm and regulates our hormones appropriately.
To address this issue, make a point of getting a lot of bright-light exposure first thing in the morning. A long walk outdoors is a great option here, but a full-spectrum SAD light box can be a great substitute.
EXERCISE REGULARLY – BUT DON’T OVERDO IT
Exercise is essential for optimal health and energy levels and is something we should aim to make a regular part of our routines wherever possible.
That being said, many exercise enthusiasts overdo it and subject themselves to gruelling workouts on a daily basis that promotes a cascade of stress hormones and wear out our hormonal axis and central nervous systems.
Starting with a regular, relaxed yoga practice and a daily walk is a great way of achieving the right balance, to begin with. More strenuous workouts can be added incrementally, but should never leave you feeling awful for the rest of the day.