Find it hard to muster up all the energy you need to get you through your day? Chances are you are you just need to adjust your lifestyle slightly to create that extra energy and focus you need.
Here are some tips on how you can work to find more energy in your day:
Address your sleeping patterns - It is all well and good to say you go to bed at a certain time and wake up at a certain time, therefore you must get ‘x’ amount of hours sleep, but how much of that time do you actually sleep? Are you going to bed but scrolling on your smartphone for a couple of hours each night before you turn the light off? It is important to aim for 7-9 hours each night and staring at screens such as T.V, phones, or laptops, actually inhibits the release of melatonin, which is essential in preparing your body for sleep.
Work with your own rhythm - Not everyone works in exactly the same way, and you will notice that you have more energy and focus at some times during the day more than others. Start to recognize your own rhythm and see if you can adjust your activities for the day to make the most of your energy ebbs and flows.
Nap it out - There is nothing wrong with sneaking off for a quick nap if you can. In fact, studies have shown that a 20-40 minute nap can help you reboot your brain and have you waking up feeling all fresh and energized!
Assess your diet - It is important that you get all the nutrients you need on a regular basis, and complex carbs and protein are essential for energy. Though if you are deficient in certain vitamins, such as the B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, folate, magnesium or choline, you may notice that your energy levels are not what they should be. So check your diet and if you are still uncertain, talk to your GP.
Build your strength - Regular exercise, though tiring at the time, will actually increase your overall stamina and endurance. Plus the stronger and fitter you are, the less exhausting you will find everyday activities. Make sure you are not overdoing it though because this could also be a cause for a lack of energy.
Break up your day - Try to break up your day as much as possible, so that if you work in an office, you get up and go for a quick walk or move about every hour or so. This will help stimulate blood flow, redirect your attention and help keep you feeling fresh and energized throughout your day.
Stay hydrated - Dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic and unfocused, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout your day.
Green tea and apples - Need some extra energy? Green tea provides a healthy dose of caffeine and apples are a great source of carbohydrates to give you that extra energy kick you might need.