Life can get so hectic! You spend the days running around, trying to fit everything in…and instead of getting smaller, the TO DO list seems to have multiplied by midday!! It gets to a point where you’re running on empty and you just hit a wall…
I feel your pain! This is a feeling I know all too well, and it can be so frustrating and overwhelming when you just don’t have the energy to finish what needs to be done. You find yourself becoming irritated over the smallest things, and instead of putting your best foot forward, you end up pushing through the rest of your day with a half-hearted ‘I just don’t care’ attitude.
But I have a few tips to share that will help to boost your energy and bring back your inner sparkle. You deserve to get the most out of your day, and these little habits may be just what you need.
1) Make like a camel and carry your water!
So I know we are all encouraged to up our water intake, but it can sometimes be difficult to remember to drink up regularly. Up until a couple of years ago I would’ve had maybe one or two glasses of water a day…not so good! But I started a habit of having water with me wherever I go, and I now drink between 1.5 to 2 litres per day. Starting with a quick glass of water when you wake up, and then sipping from a bottle throughout the morning, increasing the amount of water you drink will make a huge difference to your energy! It may take a while to get used to it (and you may find you need a few more toilet breaks), but this is something I swear by and I notice a dramatic difference if I forget my water!
Tips: if you don’t particularly like plain water, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice, or infuse your water with fruit. One of my favourites is adding ½ cup frozen raspberries and ¼ cup chopped apple to 1L of water…let it infuse for 10 minutes and you’re good to go! This is also a great way to add extra vitamins and antioxidants into your day.
2) Get your march on!
Sitting at a desk, or on the couch, or in a car can be a real drain on your energy. You settle into a relaxed state, and your attention starts to switch off. So find excuses to get up off your seat, and out in the fresh air! Whether that means walking down the road to buy your lunch, taking the stairs when you have the option, or walking to and from work. Make a plan, commit to it and then make it happen (even if you reeeally don’t feel like it). I’ve recently started walking home from work a couple of days a week, and it honestly gives me such a boost! There were even a couple of days when I was so exhausted after work I considered giving in and catching the bus. But I stuck to my plan, pushed through the fatigue, and by the time I got home I was feeling refreshed and energised! It also meant that I got a good hour and a half to myself, which is always welcome in a busy life.
3) Increase your B’s to up your Buzz!
What do I mean by this? Well you may have heard that the B vitamins are an essential part of your diet, and here’s why…each of the eight essential B vitamins plays a very important role in your body’s energy production. Specifically they help to break down the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) in your digestive system, so that your body can access all the energy from the food you’ve eaten. So it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of this good stuff, either in your diet or by adding in a little vitamin B supplementation. I tend to add in one or two Arbonne Essentials energy fizz sticks each day, as well as making sure my daily diet includes several food groups high in vitamin B. The foods to include are:
- Sunflower seeds and nuts
- Wholegrains (note: if you are going for wholegrain bread, check the ingredient list to make sure it specifies ‘wholegrain’ not ‘kibbled grains’)
- Liver (think pâté!)
- Fish, particularly salmon
- Dark green leafy vegetables
So on that note, I hope you have a wonderful energy-filled day!!