Are you exhausted of being exhausted?
Here are my number one ‘go-tos’ to boost your energy levels.
Are you getting enough sleep?
It seems simple enough. Surprisingly, when I ask my clients this question they reply with, “Can I get more energy without having to sleep more.” Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but the body actually requires sleep for optimum energy. Try going to bed just one measly hour earlier. It could be life changing.
Your phone will be ok on its own for eight hours.
Most of us check our last emails, read our favourite news site, or scroll through Instagram before we go to sleep. Bad idea. Whether you go to bed at a reasonable hour or not, looking at LCD screens before bed will inhibit your quality of sleep, which in turn has a negative impact on your energy during the day. LCD lights (and natural light) reduce the production of melatonin, the hormone that tells our bodies it’s ready for some shut-eye. Create a habit of turning off all screens and reading for an hour before bed (Kindles are ok).
Mum was right. Eat your greens.
A lot of energy is lost these days by inadequate nutrition. The body runs at its best when it receives all the vitamins and minerals that keep it alive (which is a lot!). Many of my clients have found that by increasing their non-starchy vegetable intake, their energy levels become balanced and consistent. This could mean adding spinach to your morning eggs, having a salad rich in kale, lettuce, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, capsicum, sorrel, avocado, and cauliflower for lunch, a low-fruit green smoothie for afternoon tea, and steamed greens with your dinner. You can never eat enough greens (not that I’ve tried).
Addicted to coffee and cake?
New research has associated caffeine use with a poor quality sleep. Poor sleep during the night makes the day exhausting. Even if you make it to bed on time, all your hard work could be put to shame if you consume caffeine regularly throughout the day. You may be sleeping, but doing it poorly. After the initial shot, coffee also leads to plummeting energy levels later in the day. This is the stage most people reach for another cup. Try limiting your intake to one a day, and replacing your other cups with green tea. Also, try to drink your one cup before noon.
If you have any questions about energy levels and poor sleep, don’t’ hesitate to email me!
Feed, nourish, value yourself.