7 Secrets To Boost Your Energy Levels

Now we’ve shaken off the winter blues, it’s time to re-energise and kick-start your summer with some energy boosting tips. Get rid of fatigue, wake up feeling refreshed and maintain your energy levels throughout the day so that you feel fresh, wide awake, and confident.

How to have more energy

Here are our top 7 secrets on how to have more energy throughout the day:

1. Reduce stress to boost energy levels

Our ‘always on’ culture certainly doesn’t help us maintain healthy energy levels throughout the day. Out of 4,619 people under high levels of stress, 12% of them said that responding to messages instantly was a cause of stress, according to recent statistics from www.mentalhealth.org.uk.

That’s why it pays to take a step back. Step out of the office and go for a walk. Make sure you take some time for yourself to do the things you enjoy, whether it’s exercise, socialising with friends, or curling up with a good book.

Reducing stress levels sooner rather than later will have an impact on your energy levels. In fact, stress is known to cause imbalances in neurotransmitters in the brain, leaving you with reduced levels of happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. So, remember to check in with yourself regularly and make sure your stress levels are not impacting on your everyday energy levels.

2. Energy meditation

It’s so easy to turn to temporary solutions to boost energy levels. Energy drinks. Sugary snacks. A coffee or two. But these quick fixes will often cause greater crashes in energy levels, leaving you feeling even more tired than you did in the first place.

Meditating to boost energy levels will help you take time for yourself and reduce stress-inducing cortisol levels. In fact, continued meditation can also increase your levels of growth hormones, releasing motivational feelings and increasing energy levels.

New to meditation? Don’t worry. There are lots of free energy meditation tutorials you can find online that will provide you with guided meditation until you feel comfortable enough to take it on yourself.

3. Power yoga for energy

If your current exercise regime isn’t doing much for your energy levels, take a power yoga class. A more dynamic class that quickly flows from one position to the next, will not only get your heart pumping but will have an invigorating effect on your mind too.

Your yoga teacher should provide you with guidance on how to use your breath through each flow. Breathing exercises for energy will provide you with the time and space to breathe deeply and slowly. It may sound simple. But when you’re stressed, your breathing becomes shallow, leaving you with less oxygen reaching your cells and zapping your energy levels.

4. Eat often to maintain energy levels

Are you eating at regular intervals throughout the day? For some of us, breakfast, lunch and dinner just doesn’t cut it. By snacking on foods high in protein and fibre in between meals, you’ll be able to better sustain your energy levels. Whole grains are a good choice too. With a slower release of energy, they will keep you going throughout the day. Just remember to avoid the sugary snacks - you’ll feel much more energetic if you do!

5. Switch the caffeine for water

If you’re not drinking enough water throughout the day, you may find that mild levels of dehydration are the cause of your fatigue. Try to keep your caffeine levels to a minimum and instead reach for a glass of water. If caffeine is your go-to at the office, try to stop drinking tea and coffee at least a few hours before you go to sleep. Caffeine intake can influence your sleep, even if you stick to the ‘no caffeine in the afternoon’ rule. A cup of coffee just a few hours before sleep can mean that you wake up tired and in need of more caffeine to pick you up.

Try to break the caffeine cycle. You may feel tired in the short term, but in the long run it will give you a new lease of life.

6. Keep moving

We’ve become accustomed to working lives at desks with little reason to stray too far from the office. But sitting down all day, every day, is bound to have an impact on your energy levels. When you feel your concentration slipping, take a walk. Stretch it out. Get your body moving. Increased movement will increase your heart rate slightly, making you breathe deeper, getting more oxygen around the body. So, remember to keep moving throughout the day – it will keep your body and your mind happy.

7. A refreshing sleep

Sleep and energy are intimately linked. And many people often find that they don’t get enough sleep to stay energised throughout the day.

Getting into a better bedtime routine may help you to develop some better habits. Remove distractions such as tablets and phones from your bedroom and set an alarm to stop using them at 9pm. Your body will soon recognise when it’s time to relax and drift off once you’ve put a new set of rules in place for yourself. Perhaps your sleep environment isn’t helping you drift off to sleep either? If you find that you regularly wake up feeling too hot or too cold, investing in wool bedding may be the answer. With its naturally thermo-regulating properties, it could help you get a better night’s sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed and energised.

Now you know how to boost your energy levels, you should be able to take a step closer to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

For more sleep tips, visit our sleep health and advice hub.

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