Knowing how to boost energy levels in everyday living is a challenge we all face from time to time, even when we are already in our normal state of health.
If you are suffering from a debilitating illness like M.E. or a psychological detrimental state like overwhelm or burn-out, then things are a bit different. Either way, whether you are fit and at the top of your game or under pressure from a minor illness there are some simple ways to boost energy levels that can be adapted to our state of health.
During the course of a day it’s natural for our energy levels to peak and trough. These peaks and troughs will occur at different times of the day for each person. This is why some of us are “morning people” and some are “evening people”.
Boost Your Energy Levels By Balancing Your Blood-Sugar
In very simple terms our body’s energy is fuelled by what we eat. This means that we should eat a balanced diet which contains a mixture of “energy foods” to help even out those peaks and troughs. Good long lasting foods are those that release their energy providing sugars slowly. Slow release foods containing protein and complex carbohydrates help sustain energy levels throughout a day. There is a condition called Hypoglycaemia which many people suffer from with today’s refined convenience foods as they can be high in fast release sugars. A person may first become aware of Hypoglycaemia when they notice a constant hunger, which snacks don’t alleviate for long. It’s a hunger that is initially considered just an annoying inconvenience but can soon develop to be a chronic condition accompanied by a complete lack of energy too.
Food digestion is accompanied by the pancreas releasing insulin to govern the sugar levels in our blood. Some people find they have low energy levels because they also have low blood sugar. For them the worst thing they can do is eat food with a high sugar content as this exasperates the peaks and troughs of blood sugar. Fast release foods simply exasperate the crashing lows of plummeting blood-sugar which are characteristic of Hypoglycaemia and which can present symptoms of nausea, sudden drops in body temperature and the tell-tale fatigue.
Eating raw foods such as a mixture of nuts and dried fruit together can be very helpful in these circumstances as the proteins from the nuts counter balances the sugars in the dried fruit. The only good thing about hypoglycaemia is that recovery from the unpleasant symptoms is instant: as soon as the sugars hit the palette the body reacts and recovers. A person with low blood sugar can go from being a gibbering wreck, shivering with cold, to feeling fine again in a matter of seconds just by simply taking a mouthful of food.
For most of us though, low energy and low blood sugar doesn’t get as detrimental or dramatic as it can for Hypoglycaemics, but speak to any athlete and they will talk about how they will stock up on the right food to sustain them before their race or field event.
But what if we already eat well and still find we still need to boost energy during the course of a day? Clearly, being as fit as we can be helps hugely as our body is then functioning at its best.
As we get older gentle exercise becomes more necessary to keep the body in reasonable condition. Ironically as we get older we may also feel less inclined to do the exercise, but if we can, then it will keep our energy levels closer to optimum.
Fitness can be of the mind as well as the body. When we are suffering from minor mental health conditions like moderate depression or overwhelm then an activity like mindfulness or meditation will help boost energy levels. Meditation enables us to focus more succinctly and helps us become more aware of wandering thoughts and distractions. Combining it with mindfulness enables us to determine how our choices of activity or thinking affect our energy levels as we go through a day. Evaluating exactly how we feel ‘in the moment’ when either at a desk, in a meeting or simply going about our daily business cannot be underestimated.
How To Boost Energy Levels If You Are Dozy After Dining
Eating often makes people sleepy!
If you are one of those who eats a fairly large meal in the middle of the day and then struggles to stay awake in the afternoon the best remedy is a fairly brisk but short walk after you’ve eaten. Usually sluggishness and weariness after eating doesn’t last long and it’s probably more to do with your nightly sleeping habits than any significant weariness or physiological reaction to the food. Best to try to kick-start your body with a bit of gentle exercise.
Gentle exercise will help stimulate the body and help the blood flow to the brain for focus in the late afternoon, which is the time that most people find they are suffering from brain-fatigue.
Run To Boost Energy For Your Buzz
In today’s hectic world, there is no doubt that we all want to keep our energy levels as high as possible for as long as possible. “Mind over matter” doesn’t just apply to meditation in helping you to boost energy levels. Working fast, so that your brain is thinking quickly, even in a sedentary position, can get the heart rate up and that in turn helps you feel like you are running on higher energy.
If working at a desk and if you are able to listen to music you can use that to get your heart rate up and to get in the groove. Changing your music as you change what you are working on will help you flow from one task to the next. When the working day is over and if you feel like taking an afternoon jog then why not ramp it up in your ear as you lay down those miles? Music is great, we all know it. And we also all know that it’s true that the fitter we are, the more we can easily adapt and boost our energy whenever we want to during the course of a day. Ultimately it’s fitness that really counts.