The energy-boosting market is thriving in today’s busy society. People want to be productive, and the more energy you have, the more successful you are at hitting your daily goals.
The need for a pick-me-up to get us going is why businesses like Starbucks are booming. But we all know about the crashes that come with loaded sugar and caffeine boosts.
You don’t have to deal with the roller coaster energy ride chasing your next caffeine rush brings. There are better ways to have natural, consistent energy throughout the day.
When you put these three tips in place of your old, unhealthy habits, you’ll have all the energy you need to knock out your to-do’s daily!
1. Change Your Diet
Yes, you can get a bit of a caffeine perk from sodas, flavored coffee, and sugary foods. However, the side effects of all of these unhealthy items are sapping your energy from the inside out.
Your body needs more nutrients to process the junk you’re fueling it with. It’s harder to circulate the blood through your system and your organs are working harder.
You feel tired and lethargic, so you turn to more sugar and caffeine to push through the day.
It’s a vicious cycle that will only end when you change your diet.
Swap out the junk with food that’s full of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables like leafy greens and beets improve your heart health and circulation, giving you natural, all-day energy.
Challenge yourself to eat healthily for two days. By the end of that 48-hour mark, you’ll notice a big change. Going back to the junk food will probably make you feel gross, and you’ll want to eat well again!
2. Make a Move
When you hear the word “exercise,” does it make you cringe?
If so, you’re one of the millions who feel that way. But if you switch your definition of the word, you might find that you enjoy the benefits of exercising.
Most people think of exercise as what you do at a gym or in front of your TV in a home workout. This is one way to get your movement in. However, there are plenty of other activities that you can do instead.
Anytime you’re feeling sleepy and need more energy, don’t turn to fake sources like soda. Stand up, go outside, and walk around your house or neighborhood.
Just a few minutes of movement is exercise. It gets your blood pumping and wakes you up naturally!
3. Get Restful Sleep
Sleep disorders are responsible for physical and mental illnesses in tens of millions of people. Chronic sleep deprivation leads us to turn to unhealthy wake-me-ups in the morning and naps during the day.
If the afternoon slump is a regular thing for you, yet you toss and turn all night, you might not need more sleep. You need better quality sleep.
There are so many things that trigger our brains to stay alert instead of resting. For better, healing sleep, start with these basic tips:
- Don’t take a nap, no matter how tired you are.
- Set a consistent sleep and wake-up schedule.
- Make your bedroom an electronics-free zone at least half an hour before bed.
- Don’t drink or eat anything with caffeine after lunchtime.
- Try reading or listening to a meditation app when you get in bed to calm your mind.
When all else fails and you’re still unable to sleep, talk to your doctor. There may be health reasons your body is warning you about, or a medication that could help you.
All the products screaming for your attention promise you energy. These are great for occasional use. If you’re not fixing the problem at its root, though, you’ll be relying on outside sources forever.
If you want more natural energy during the day, every day, use these three tips to change your lifestyle. They’ll quickly become habits you don’t know how you ever lived without!