8 natural ways to boost your energy all day longAugust 14, 2013
Too many of us are dragging ourselves around. And Starbucks is making way, way, way too much money! But all day long you have little opportunities to change that. Morning, noon and night you can turn an energy zap into a natural energy boost.
You know you need it. (I need it too! It’s no small feat keeping up with a rambunctious 2.5 year old boy!)
By the way, this isn’t going to be a post about herbs or B vitamins, requiring you to mail order some specific supplement before you can have more energy.
This is a post about things you can do today.
Morning energy boosters
Energy zap: Drinking coffee.
Yes, in the short run this works. But you’re making a deal with the devil by using caffeine to wake you up. Your adrenals are forced to push out energy, leaving them depleted, leaving you more tired day after day.
Instead: Drink water.
Fatigue goes hand in hand with dehydration. And all night while you were sleeping, you didn’t drink any water. So start the day with a big glass. Not a little sip that gets your mouth wet. A whole freaking glass, to get your whole body hydrated. Mmm kay?
Energy zap: Not eating breakfast.
Or possibly worse, eating cereal/muffins/bagels/sugar.
Instead: Get your blood sugar balanced.
Since you haven’t eaten overnight, you wake up with low blood sugar. Makes sense. Even if you don’t feel hungry, have a little something: Plain yogurt, nuts, hard boiled eggs, almond butter on banana, quinoa porridge with coconut oil. You’ll notice I’m emphasizing healthy proteins and fats, which will fuel you now and keep you fueled ’til lunch, rather than sending your blood sugar for a bagel-induced spike and crash.
Energy zap: Having nothing to look forward to.
When I worked in advertising, I hit snooze 10 times each morning. If you don’t want to get up and face your day, your body will do its best to stay asleep all day long. But you aren’t a victim! You notice this pattern? Good. That’s a first step towards change.
Instead: Make some plans!
These days, I jump out of bed to do the work I love. It’s a very excellent feeling. Think how easy it is to wake up on the first day of vacation, or Christmas morning. The key is to create fun, meaningful, interesting activities in your life to look forward to – even if it’s not a holiday. Give yourself a reason to feel “up” – A pedicure, a girls’ weekend, a capoeira class, a whole new career, whatever works!
Afternoon energy boosters
Energy zap: Slowly turning into a zombie.
When was the last time you inhaled deeply? In front of the computer, it’s easy to breathe very shallow breaths, or stop breathing altogether for periods of time. This happens to me all the time, even while I’m on my iPhone. Eek!
Instead: Expand those lungs.
Breathe. Now, please. Big and deep, so your ribcage visibly moves. Good! Do it again! You need oxygen to stay alive. Deep breathing is so important, it’s actually part of my 21 Day Detox and makes a huge difference in energy levels, stress levels and digestion (among other benefits, obviously, like staying alive!)
Energy zap: Snacky snacky.
Mid-day snacks tend to be things like pretzels, cookies, candy, chips – all things that are going to cause a blood sugar train wreck.
Instead: Keep your blood sugar balanced.
If you emphasize healthy proteins and fats at every meal, you are going to maintain a steady blood sugar level. If you’re getting hungry, reach for pumpkin seeds, hummus with veggies, or something else that will even out your energy instead of robbing it from you.
Energy zap: Sluggish digestion.
Haven’t had a bowel movement yet today?
Instead: Help your digestive system work better
You want to poop at least once a day, but preferably 2 or 3 times. If that’s not happening, you may need to drink more water, eat more fiber-rich veggies, whole grains or healthy fats. Or, you may need more movement in your life. This may take some experimenting, but pay attention and make adjustments right away if you haven’t gone to the bathroom in 24 hours. My detoxers routinely report more energy and more frequent bowel movements. Coincidence? I think not.
Evening energy boosters
Energy zap: Too much sitting.
Most of us sit all day long. Come home and sit on the couch? That’s not helping at all. Lately I’ve become obsessed with not sitting. (I am however sitting right now. Bah!)
Instead: Get up and move.
Help counteract the chair by getting up and moving about. Cooking at the stove and washing dishes counts! Go for a walk or work on some household projects. Move it move it!
Energy zap: Poor sleep.
Thoughts running around in your head, keeping you from sleep. Oh, I’ve been there. How about waking up 3, 4, 5 times a night? Seriously no fun.
Instead: Prepare your body for snoozin’.
Keep electronics out of the bedroom and give yourself a “wind down” period before bed. Use an eye mask or white noise machine (Ha! I use both.) And Rescue Sleep Liquid Melts by Bach Remedies are a godsend! By the way, the more movement you get and the less caffeine/sugar you ingest, the easier sleep will be. It’s a fact!
So, have you been zapping or boosting your energy today?