Do you feel like you are just muddling through your days a shadow of your former self? Take heart! There are plenty of ways to get more zing in your day by making a few lifestyle and diet changes. Included here are a few tips to help increase your spunk and get you back to feeling lively again.
This may seem like an obvious answer, but it truly is the problem plaguing many people. Its easy to become too busy to stop for nutritious meals and you may find yourself consuming fast food and other nutritionless quick-eats to make it through the day. Consider packing yourself a few nutrient-rich snacks the night before your busy day. Carry meal replacement shakes and protein bars for added boosts.
Get Up With Your Alarm
While you may feel sleep-deprivation is the source of your slump, a few extra minutes in the morning could actually make you more tired throughout the day. By not fully rising when you first wake, you are disrupting your hormone cycle and putting your body in a sedative state. Get up fully when you first wake up and you will feel more energetic throughout the day.
Savor the Sun
Natural light is what makes the world go ‘round. Getting plenty of time exposed to sunshine and natural light can help realign your circadian rhythm. This means better sleep at night and more energy throughout the day; so open the blinds and eat lunch outside!
Take a Walk
Studies have shown that individuals who do a low-intensity workout 3 times per week have 20 percent less fatigue than people who stayed sedentary. This walk does not have to be in the morning, but rising and running has been shown to increase energy levels throughout the day. Keep your physical fitness in mind, though, and do not overtax yourself early on.
Studies have shown that most people cannot stay on one task for more than 90 minutes. This could be the cause of your lost focus throughout the day! Take time to get up and walk around in between tasks and you will have increased enthusiasm when you return to them.
While salad greens for lunch can appear to be the healthy option, the lack of carbs means no quick energy for the afternoon. Consider adding black beans or a piece of fruit to your lunch. Carbs will help increase energy and focus immediately and fend off the 2 o’clock feeling.
Schedule Your Sleep
While it may be tempting to head home and hit the sack, it may lead to wakefulness around midnight. Try to stick to a steady sleep schedule so your hormones will be regulated and your body will know what to expect. Stay enthusiastic during the evening, without exhausting yourself, and you will sleep much better in the night-time hours.