We all hit that 3pm slump. Sometimes even earlier if we’ve been up with the kids since the early hours. So whether you work in an office, staring at a screen or you’re struggling with your energy levels whilst you’re looking after the kids, we could all do with an energy boost. As parents, we’ve become pros at hiding how tired we are, whether that’s with carefully applied makeup, or the latest retinol eye cream, but looking full of energy is very different from feeling full of energy…so, how can you get energized quickly?
Before you reach for those energy drinks, or your sixth cup of coffee, why not look at a more natural way to boost your energy? Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry – read on for some super simple ways you can boost your energy naturally.
Drink. More. Water
Groan. Yes. I know, I know. I know that you know. Everyone knows. Drinking enough water is the single most important thing you can do for your body and your mind. But so many of us struggle to get through a single glass! If you’re feeling low on energy, then give the coffee and all those caffeinated drinks a miss and get yourself a cool glass of water instead. If you’re at work, then a trip to the water cooler might just wake you up a bit too. If you’re at home, get yourself a water jug and keep it in the fridge, and you’ll have lovely, refreshing cold water every time.
Treat yourself to a lovely reusable water bottle, so you can take a bottle of water everywhere you go! It’s good for the environment too.
Bear with me on this one. I know if you’re feeling tired, getting all hot and sweaty is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But if you work on regularly then you are guaranteed to sleep more soundly. And better sleep means that you’ll have more energy in the day! Exercising causes your body to release all those horrible stress hormones, so it’s good for your mental energy too. You don’t even have to slog it out at the gym – just a nice brisk walk on your lunch break on with the buggy will do!
Limit your alcohol intake
I know. No one deserves that glass of wine as much as you. But you need to be careful with your alcohol intake and choose specific times to drink it if you don’t want it to affect your energy levels. For example, if you have an important meeting this afternoon – avoid alcohol during your working lunch. If you have plans in the evening, avoid that cheeky glass of wine while you’re getting ready. Simply put, drink alcohol when you’re happy for the sedative effects it has to take hold – like when you’re watching TV and in your PJs.
Control your stress.
Easier said than done. But feeling stressed is a huge drain on your natural energy sources. So, don’t be afraid to say “no” to people, speak to a colleague, friend or loved one about your worries or seek professional help.