We all have those days where we don’t have enough energy to make it through the day, so we add as much caffeine as we can to stay awake during classes, work and other responsibilities. You can be affecting your overall happiness with low energy, which is why I’m sharing five ways to feel more energized.
Most people aren’t sure of how much water they should drink daily. You should drink an average of nine cups (2.2 liters) of water each day. Without enough water, your body begins to feel sluggish and fatigued, which can cause irritability and stress on your body. To make drinking water more appealing, add lemons, cucumbers and berries for antioxidants.
There is a reason why they call it “the most important meal of the day.” If you’re skipping or skimping on your breakfast, it could be the cause of your low energy throughout the day. A good rule of thumb for an energizing breakfast includes: protein, grains and fruit. A hearty breakfast will leave you feeling energized all day.
Stress is a heavy weight on your energy. Whether you’re feeling stress form work, school or a friend, make sure you take time for yourself. Set aside 20 minutes a day where you do whatever makes you the most happy and stress-free (nap, read, write, sing). Any activity that can get your mind off of your stress will work. Here is an article I wrote on 10 ways to reduce stress.
Exercising (also helpful for stress) can help increase your energy. Try to workout for an hour (with a minimum 30 minutes of cardio) three times each week. Running, biking or going on the elliptical can help build your immune system, which helps improve your energy. You’ll also feel good because your body releases endorphins (the happy hormone) when you workout.
If you want to have proper energy during the day, the most obvious problem could be your sleep schedule. Ideally, you should stay off of all technology (phone, computer and TV) 40 minutes before going to bed. This could be affecting your sleep schedule, which can affect your overall energy. Limit your use of technology and opt for eight hours each night.