Five More Simple Answers to More Energy NOW:
In my last blog, we talked about starting your day right and other simple changes. Here are a few more:
- Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Dehydration can make you feel tired.Many formulas for ‘enough’ exist. However, it’s pretty well-recognized that we can lose up to 8 cups of fluid per day through normal metabolism. Therefore, I usually suggest 64oz. to up to 3/4oz. per pound of body weight depending on your activity level.
- Sugary foods, high fat processed foods and other junk can stress your system far more than you may know. Clean up your diet by cutting out prepared foods with large numbers of ingredients.
- Instead of sugary snacks for your afternoon pick-me-up, try a piece of fresh fruit with a few nuts (operative word here; a few; less than one ounce. Nuts are very rich in calories and fat and while they ARE fairly nutritious, they DO pack on the calories and fat very quickly) and a glass of water.
- Winding down from the day in a less stressful way can produce better sleep patterns & help with energy levels. Some suggestions: take the TV and computer out of your bedroom. Set up the ‘do not disturb’ function on your cell phone for nighttime and keep it at least 3 feet from your head or preferably on the other side of the room or elsewhere while you sleep. Shut off electronics an hour before bed. Create a wind-down routine: Have a relaxing cup of herbal tea. Use a journal to assist you; writing down positive remarks about the day’s accomplishments and quick notes about tomorrow that might affect your sleep if not acknowledged.
- Adding some relaxing music, a meditation routine or some relaxing blends of essential oils in a diffuser can also be helpful. I enjoy Ameo’s Gentle Repose, Calming Breeze and Pure Tranquility Blends.
Any or all of the above can be a good start.
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