Recently we talked about some common signs of low energy. Here are 8 things you can do to increase your energy levels.
1. Check your sleep
Most adults need between 7-9 hours sleep each night. Anything less than 6 hours is not recommended. (1) Try keeping a sleep journal for a few weeks and see how much sleep you’re actually getting. You might be surprised.
2. Get moving
This sounds counterintuitive but a 2008 study found that 20 minutes of low intensity exercise three times a week (like a walk around the block) increased energy levels by about 20%. (2) So rather than another night of TV why not get out the gym mat and do a few simple exercises?
3. Make time for mental health
Prolonged stress is strongly linked to feelings of fatigue and tiredness. It might be impossible to eliminate stress (eg. from your job) but making time for relaxation can help.
4. Think about your diet
A common way to battle low energy is to reach for a coffee or a sugary snack. But these are short term solutions and often leave you feeling even more tired a couple of hours later. Focus instead on adding wholefoods to your diet rather than processed foods to give you energy throughout the whole day. Calanna Pharmacies stock a wide range of wholefoods, even some healthy alternatives to your favourite treats.
5. Drink water
Even mild dehydration can affect brain function and lead to feelings of low energy (3). Adults need to drink about 2 litres of water a day. In summer in north Queensland, or if you’ve been exercising, you will need even more. So fill up that water bottle!
6. Load up the diffuser
Citrus and peppermint oils have traditionally been used to be uplifting and create focus. Adding a few drops of these flavoured essential oils to an oil burner could lift your energy levels.
7. Consider a supplement
Low levels of iron and B12 are most commonly associated with low energy. (4) Better yet, make an appointment with your naturopath to get a personalised evaluation of which supplement is best for you.
8. Get it checked
Constant low energy levels and fatigue can be a symptom of something else. So if the tips above don’t work for you, make sure you schedule an appointment with your doctor for further investigation.