The daily grind of work, home, and social life can very easily become a source of frustration when – despite your best efforts – your workload grows bigger, friends are nagging, and family needs more time with you.
We’re constantly rushing to give more time and energy to our family, friends, partner, or career; this often comes at our own expense. When we fail to prioritize our own health, it then becomes a matter of time before energy levels drop and stress levels increase.
The Importance of Energy in Our Body
The effects of low energy extend beyond not being able to work or play. In fact, there is a connection between our physical energy and mental and emotional health. By this I mean if you’re constantly tired and on edge, chances are your mental health is going to suffer as well. So much of our physical and mental health is determined by activities, and knowing how to boost your energy levels can make a huge difference to the way you experience your days.
Some Short Tips for Boosting Energy
By this we don’t mean doing complicated eastern-style routines where you sit in silent contemplation and try to experience something. Meditation can be as simple as avoiding mental stimulation for a short time, to allow the brain to reach a calmer, focused state.
Our brains have gotten used to constant distractions and stimulation from our phones, work, email, ads, TV, alarms, pop-ups, texts – there is no end to the list of things and activities that keep us preoccupied.
It then becomes essential that we find time to be still, because learning to disengage from some of these things can improve focus, memory, and also lead to higher energy.
Go to Bed as Early as Possible
This might sound counterproductive if your idea of maximum output involves working late into the night and then rising again at dawn. There is quite a lot of research that’s coming out against the idea of working long hours to maximize productivity. Sleep is essential when assessing energy levels and mental performance; however those aren’t the only reasons you want to sleep.
Biological processes such as cell renewal, tissue growth, healing, and disease-prevention simply cannot work without us getting enough sleep. As soon as you can, start sleeping at least 7 hours a night, and avoid alcohol.
Pay Attention to How Thirsty You Are
Water is particularly effective at maintaining energy. You will notice that when your water levels drop, it tends to impact energy and mood.
Does this mean you should be drinking a gallon of water right now?
Your body is pretty good at judging when you’re dehydrated, it’s only that a lot of the time we’re not paying attention. It’s simple: if you feel thirsty, it’s because you’re running low on fluids.
Another way you can examine your water levels is by checking your urine. If it’s dark or yellow most of the time, you may need to increase your water intake.
Spend Time Listening to Music
Music has a unique ability to change mental and emotional states; and according to a study from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX., certain types of music can also increase energy and mental focus.
The key, it seems, is audience participation. Just singing along to a tune or tapping your hand to a beat can increase your energy levels and minimize fatigue. Not sure where to start? It doesn’t have to be any particular genre of music; the main goal is to listen to something that cheers you up.
If your workplace allows listening to music, cue up a playlist to get you “in the zone” or for when you feel tired in the afternoon.
Vilvadi’s Spring concerto is thought to increase mental performance.
How Vitamins Help to Boost Energy
Vitamin B 12, along with other B-vitamins, play an important role in the process of converting food into energy. B vitamins also help to keep blood vessels strong and prevent anaemia (a condition that can make you feel low on energy).
Vitamin A is also used in energy production, and a deficiency may contribute to fatigue, vision problems, low immunity, and respiratory disorders.
Here’s a quick list of foods with B vitamins:
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Seeds and nuts
Improve Your Work Life By Boosting Energy
There’s much more that you can do to boost energy than just watching your diet. For instance, a quick 20-minute nap in the afternoon can do wonders for your energy levels, but if that’s not possible, then another option is, start moving when you feel tired. Go outside for a minute and take in the fresh air. Walking releases endorphins and boosts energy, making you feel more focused and refreshed.
Also, try minimizing alcohol consumption and avoid using strong stimulants, because they can throw off your emotional balance and mess with your energy.
As a nature/natural-living enthusiast and passionate researcher with ten years in the cannabis industry, Kelsi enjoys playing her part to educate the world on the benefits of alternative health and medication options