5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels
May 15, 2017
It’s a Monday. Did you wake up fully refreshed after your relaxing weekend, ready to take on the challenges that today and the rest of the work week are going to throw your way? You’re lucky if you woke up shootin’ from the hip, ready to go to this morning. But for some of us, the transition to Monday from a relaxing weekend can be quite the challenge. Here are 5 great, natural ways to re-energize and help transition into the new week.
Hydrate. One of the first signs of dehydration is lethargy, so next time you’re feeling a little fatigued, reach for a big glass of H20. I actually recommend doing this every morning right when you wake up. But, hydrating is a great way to make your body feel more awake and it helps to provide energy to sustain you throughout your day.
Go for a walk. Feeling sleepy at your desk? Take a 20 minute break and walk around outside (weather permitting). Fresh air, sunshine, and just a change of scenery can all help to make you feel more energized and refreshed.
Take a power nap. If you’re able to take a 30 minute break at work, a 20 minute power nap could be the perfect solution to your low energy problems. There have been many studies done showing the benefits of midday napping. Some major corporations (like Google), have installed sleeping pods for employees to go to for different nap times throughout the day. The power nap trend is so hot that there are even multiple 20 minute power nap podcasts (here’s a link to one online) that help guide you to sleep and then gently wake you up at the end of the twenty minutes.
Eat an apple. An apple is an excellent source of energy. Full of B vitamins, complex carbohydrates and water; an apple is a great snack choice that will also help to be a bit of a midday “pick me up”. There are many different types of apple and they’re easily portable! Throw one in your bag for the next time you get a case of the sleepies.
Drink green tea. Instead of a mid-day cup of joe, opt for a hot or iced green tea instead. There are smaller amounts of caffeine in green tea than in your leading cup of coffee, which means there is less of a chance that your caffeinated beverage choice will effect that night’s sleep.