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We can all feel energetically drained at times or experience stages of lethargy. Usually, it is only temporary and with these few tips, we can revitalize and feel as vibrant as ever.
With today’s sociological demands, it’s not uncommon for people with busy lives to feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. Being subject to stress can mean that you may struggle to concentrate, experience racing thoughts and have even difficulty switching off. This can eventually take a toll on your physical and mental well-being and in severe cases will need medical attention. Feeling stressed has been closely linked to tiredness and in many cases, it may not be possible to completely remove sources of stress from our lives. Making a step to combat any stress could start paving the way to feeling better and increasing your energy levels.
Some strategies to improve your energy levels and destressing can include taking some time for yourself to relax, reading or going for a walk or light exercise. You could also try mindfulness or meditation techniques, which may reduce anxiety.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol Consumption
Smoking is one of the top toxic things that can have an effect on a persons’ health. The smoke from cigarettes be it directly or indirectly inhaled is extremely harmful and increases the risk of numerous health conditions from pulmonary diseases, heart disease, greater risk of stroke, and cancer.
The carcinogenic nature of combustion, in this case burning tobacco, and inhalation of tar in the smoke also reduces the efficiency of the functions of the lungs. Over time, this can reduce the amount of oxygen transported around your body which raises carbon monoxide and dioxide levels thus making you feel tired. So for a smoker, the best thing they can do for their energy levels and health is to gradually cut down and then fully quit smoking. Some do find it helpful to switch cigarettes for a nicotine replacement like gum or an e-cigarette but others find occupying the habit more successful.
Regular consumption of alcohol can also have an effect on the internal organs and leave the intoxicated person dehydrated and at risk of health problems. Obesity, liver problems and heart diseases are all linked with overindulgence of alcohol and can instantly drain your energy. The best thing for the occasional drinker is to cut alcohol out until they can feel the benefits of their energy levels being back rather than recovering from the toxic levels rising.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Another symptom of always feeling tired, sluggish and low in energy, is the diet and eating habits. If someone is malnourished or overnourished, from these bad dietary habits arises the risk of developing chronic diseases which ultimately can also affect energy levels.
Everyone needs fuel to keep going. But the key is choosing the right foods like the whole, nutritious foods most of the time will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
Bad diet habits include eating a lot of processed foods high in sugar and saturated fat, which all take extra time for the body to digest making it perform sluggishly and bring onset tiredness and fatigue. Dietary supplements can greatly increase your nutritional intake, from vitamin C to Ginseng, there is an abundance of supplements available that can help boost your energy levels. Some people even choose to grow ginseng and other supplements at home.
Additionally, for those who have an erratic meal pattern and regularly skip meals, it may mean they miss out on necessary nutrients, making the chances of feeling tired even higher.
Get More Social
Today social connections are incredibly important for maintaining good health. One common denominator in areas of the world with unusually low rates of disease and a high number of centenarians is a strong social support network. People who are subject to social isolation can cause emotional changes, low mood, and tiredness, especially as we age.
In fact, studies suggest that people with stronger social networks are thought to have better physical and mental health as they age compared to those who are less involved with the world.
So for those who feel tired and in low spirits, it can be very helpful to get out socializing with friends or joining a social club, starting a new hobby or travel. The idea is something that gets you out and about.
So with regards to energy levels, in contrast to diet, lifestyle and social conventions, it’s important to have a good balanced mixture. If you are worried that you may have an underlying issue that has been causing you to feel tired and fatigue, the best choice is to seek advice from your doctor.
Without mentioning caffeine, have you got any tips to boost energy levels that are both healthy and beneficial to your lifestyle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.