Are you feeling tired? Do you lack energy throughout the day? A few tools can help ignite your fuel. If you're constantly needing that second cup of coffee, these top tips may be just for you.
1. Say goodbye to negativity.
This may sound silly, but negative energy is physically draining. Don’t waste precious energy arguing, spending time with negative people or thinking pessimistically.
2. Recharge your batteries.
Taking a “rest day” doesn’t make you lazy, it makes you HUMAN. Our brains and bodies need sporadic vacations from our hectic emotional and physical lives. It is vital you stop listening to the static from the outside world, and listen when you need to enjoy a deserved dose of sloth. Occasional laziness could be a great way to boost your productivity.
3. Let the sun in.
Your body needs vitamin D (from sunlight) in order to keep energy levels at their peak. Light is nature’s way of telling your internal clock that it’s time to start the day.
4. Sip on green tea throughout the day.
You want to slowly metabolize caffeine into your blood so you have a steady stream of energy. Tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine. Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids which function as powerful antioxidants.
5. Alkaline your life.
Increase your intake of alkaline powerhouse foods such as dark green vegetables, sprouts and fruits, apple cider vinegar, lemon water and probiotics. These all help balance the body's pH and overcome acidosis.
6. Get upside down.
Purposely turning ourselves upside down is contrary to our human physical nature. And this is why it’s so, so good for you. Reversing blood flow for even two minutes a day can immediately improve energy and brain function. Down dog, standing forward folds, legs up the wall, legs elevated on a pillow, and happy baby are all great ways to get the head below the heart.
7. Drink up.
Water is the secret to sustained daily energy. Dehydration leads to fatigue, which slowly eats away at your bodily functions you need to get through the day.
8. Give your digestive system a break.
Digestion takes energy. Each time you eat, this is work for your digestive system. This is why you’re usually more tired after a large meal. Consider intermittent fasting or keeping your morning meals very light.
9. Enjoy some chocolate.
Pure cocoa (no sugar added) has incredible health benefits. Flavonoids found in cocoa have been shown to boost cognitive skills and improve mood dramatically. Combine 2 tbsp. of pure cocoa power, 1 stevia packet and hot water and you have delicious mood-boosting hot cocoa!
10. Have a good laugh.
My commitment in life is to laugh (really hard) every single day. No matter what happens in your day, try to find the humor. Laughter optimizes hormones in the endocrine system, improves immunity, decreases the levels of cortisol and epinephrine, and immediately increases energy and blood flow.
11. Get to bed an hour earlier.
You can consume high quality foods, but if you don't sleep enough to recharge your batteries, you won't have energy. Period. Get to bed as early as you can. I suggest 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night.
Contributed By: Angie Lee
Angie Lee is a certified nutritionist, female fat loss coach, Co-Founder of Thrive Meals and Founder at AngieLeeHealth.com.