When people hear the word “resources” they think of time and money. But, even if you have the means and no matter how many hours in a day you have, you can’t do everything you’ve set yourself to accomplish if you don’t have the energy for it. Energy is as important a resource as the other two. Unfortunately, a body can only do so much before it calls for a break. Soon enough, you find yourself wanting to slow down and take a nap in spite of the looming deadlines.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break, but then you wonder why other people don’t seem to get tired at all. You ask yourself, how do they do it?
Well, there are many answers to this question – some of them even involve performance enhancing drugs – but many of these aren’t always safe. Fortunately, there are a number of natural alternatives that are proven methods of giving you that much needed boost that could make a difference in your day.
When it comes to energy boosting, the first thing that will always come to mind is coffee. But many people make the mistake of drinking an entire cup at once. While this may work for short-term bursts of energy, it comes at the cost of sinking into a low-energy state later in the day. Research has suggested that it’s better to nurse the cup throughout the day. This means just having a bit every now and then instead of consuming it all at once.
Amino acids like L-carnitine and antioxidants like alpha-lipoic acid can enhance memory and boost energy levels – both of which you need to be able to stay alert and get through the day. But when we’re busy, we can never really tell if we’re eating enough and, even if we are, the food we’re eating might not be satisfying our daily requirements of vitamins. So, while you do want to maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, why not take a few supplements to ensure that you get everything you need.
If you feel like you’re always tired or that you’re constantly dragging yourself through the day, you might be suffering from a lack of iron in your body. Iron deficiency anemia is a common cause of fatigue. This is because iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which in turn is needed to carry oxygen around your body in order to produce energy. Supplements work, but you can also get a healthy dose of iron from green leafy vegetables and dried beans. Some cereals are also fortified with iron.
Speaking of eating right, you might also want to incorporate these eating habits into your diet as they can help boost your energy throughout the day.
Some people tend to focus on their work and other things, even skipping meals when they’re not hungry. They only tend to only eat when they feel hungry. This, of course, isn’t a good practice since you sometimes end up not having enough energy when you need it the most. It’s better to sustain your energy levels by eating at fixed intervals. They don’t have to be full meals as small meals or snacks will do just fine. What’s important is that you don’t wait until you’re out of energy before you eat. Some mini-meal ideas include roasted peanuts or a hardboiled egg, while a cup of yogurt makes a great snack.
You know that it’s important to stay hydrated, but how often do you remember to have a glass every now and then? You’re probably dehydrated with all that coffee you’re having, too. So, make it a habit to drink two glasses of water every now and then (ideally together with your fixed meal or snack schedules). Tip: To make the water more invigorating, try drinking iced water. All that coldness can be so refreshing, especially after hours of non-stop work.
Working your jaw can actually make you feel more alert. Take a bag of chips or pretzels and take a few bites if you feel like you’re slowing down. If you don’t like junk food, there are a lot of crunchy fruits and vegetables as well. Apples, pears, and even carrots can keep you awake.
Chewing on gum has the same effect as having a crunchy snack. The effect lasts longer too, since you’ll be chewing on the gum for quite some time. To make things better, go for peppermint or spearmint flavors as the scent and flavor tend to stimulate the mind as well.
These things are full of carbohydrates, protein, and fat – pretty much everything you need to get a boost of energy. It’s a better alternative than chips (still crunchy) and you can have it any time of the day.
Chances are, you’re spending most of your hours in one position (i.e. sitting in front of your desk), and that encourages being tired. You’re going to need to give yourself a bit of a workout to keep the blood and oxygen flowing through your body.
One thing you can try is to take a 10-minute walk. It helps if you have somewhere to go to, but just getting up to make walk around in order to stay awake should be good enough a reason. You’ll want to go outdoors, too, so you can fill your lungs with fresh air. Try not to think about work while you’re at it. Instead, think of the things you’re thankful for. Being grateful has been proven to cause your body to produce endorphins, which help you relax and stay positive.
If taking a walk isn’t possible for some reason, you can try standing up to stretch. Think of all the exercises you can do and stretch out every inch of your body from head to toe. By activating your muscles, you encourage more blood and oxygen to flow around your body.
No matter what you do, keep in mind that there are so many things you can do to give yourself an energy boost to keep you going throughout the day. Just remember to always take good care of your body so you’ll always have a productive day.