Everyone would like to increase their energy levels but, usually, changes like this require effort that we already don't have the time and energy for. It can be a vicious and never-ending cycle but these simple tips will help you to rev up your energy levels without costing you too much time or using up your reserves.
Get Enough Sleep
This is a piece of advice that you will have heard many times over the years but the telling and re-telling of the mantra makes it no less true. Getting enough sleep can be absolutely vital to a person's long term health which, itself, affects our energy levels.
Often easier said than done, it is important to strive for better regardless of previous failures. One of the easiest issues to address when it comes to lack of sleep is ensuring that you set yourself up with the best environment possible in which to sleep. A calming room with no electronics is a good start but pay attention to your furniture as well.
Choosing the best bed and mattress for you is paramount in the quest for sleep, so don't be afraid to be choosy. Whether you prefer metal framed beds, wooden frames, high, low or adjustable styles makes sure that it is comfortable to get in and out of and that you choose the right mattress for your body.
Setting yourself up with a good, relaxing and sustainable bedtime routine can also work wonders. Where possible go to bed and get up at the same time every day and precede bedtime with the same habits to signal to your body that it will be time to sleep shortly. This will help you to nod off more quickly and make the most of your time in bed.
Get More Exercise
So you may be fed up being told this one but, again, it is very true. It is not necessary, however, to give your life over to unsustainable exercise routines, gym trips and punishing workouts.
Aerobic exercise is good for your body, your energy levels and your memory and its benefits can be felt with as little as three forty-five minute walking sessions a week. Get on the walking shoes and get out and about and you'll soon find your energy levels rising.
Eat Some Chocolate
We all know that chocolate gives us a little boost when we're flagging but often we think that it isn't worth it due to the inevitable crash later. New research suggests that this crash doesn't have to be a given and that by eating just a small amount of dark chocolate instead of a whole bar, the crash can be prevented entirely. Next time you’re flagging mid-morning, turn to some chocolate and this should carry you through until lunch.
Increase Your Antioxidant Intake
With the ever changing nature of the media, it is sometimes difficult to decipher whether something about our health is truly important or just a fad. Antioxidants are definitely important having been linked with overall health, energy levels and the ability to concentrate so getting more of them in your life will be a boost.
Antioxidants naturally occur in a lot of the foods we eat such as berries, grapes, beans, carrots and chocolate but an easy way to up your intake is to switch hot beverages once or twice a day. Green and white tea have been found to contain super high levels of antioxidants and, helpfully, they are easy to work into your everyday routine.
This article was written in collaboration with Archers Sleep Centre by Zoe, an independent blogger and freelance writer who loves to write articles to improve the daily lifestyles of others.