How to improve your energy levels

The amount of energy you have says a lot about you, it’s always nice to be surrounded by energetic people full of life. Of course this energy doesn't have to be in how loud you talk and can be more subtle. Having good energy levels is more about not feeling drained, wanting to go out instead of remaining in bed and just overall being healthy. Here are some tips: 1. Be stress-free Stress can suck a lot of energy out of you and make you depressed, the constant thinking and letting things bother you is not great, so try to be as stress free as possible. For any problems you encounter, find solutions and if that doesn’t work then learn to let go. There is only so much you can do and being miserable about something just isn’t worth it. Maybe talk to a psychiatrist if you have to or a support group or even just a friend. 2. Create efficiencies so that you are not overworked Sometimes what people struggle with the most is having too much to do, to the point that it’s not manageable. Lots of things could be causing that for example maybe you are being inefficient, taking too long or focussing on the wrong thing. For example, if you know you have to cook 5 meals instead of preparing it one at a time, create efficiencies and cut ingredients in a way that means you can get everything done quicker. Instead of leaving your pans until the end to wash, try to wash them straight away or if you use the dishwasher then rinse and stack as soon as you can. Small things like that can make a big difference to your time. 3. Exercise Exercise gives your cells more energy to burn and circulates oxygen as well as making you feel better by increasing brain dopamine levels. It also builds muscles and your body gets more used to moving around which in turn makes it easier to do tasks like running around without feeling tired all the time and you will be happier too. 4. Don’t sleep too much Just like you train a baby to get into a routine and learn to sleep at night time so that you can get some rest too, you can train yourself. It isn’t how long you sleep but the quality of sleep you get which is why sometimes when you take a short nap, it makes you feel much better and more refreshed than 7 hours of sleep. Naps aren’t advisable as its better to instead have good quality sleep at night so that your brain knows when to expect sleep and when to be awake and full of energy. 7 hour sleep is typically advised but if you need 5 then that is perfectly fine too. 5. Don’t overeat Overeating will make you more tired, there is lots of research which suggests restricting calories can make you happier and intermittent fasting being good for you, so staying slightly hungry has it's benefits and will stop you feeling sleepy. Refreshing salads for lunch are also a lot better than foods with high levels of carbohydrates like pasta or bread. 6. Drink plenty of water Water can help you to feel hydrated and refreshed and maintain the balance of bodily fluids. “Your body is 60% water and the functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintenance of body temperature” as stated by webmd.com. Clearly the proper functioning of these is very important and will naturally make you feel better and energised. So drink lots of water. Initially you may find that you need to empty your bladder more frequently but you can train it to hold it in for longer. Conclusion Feeling energised is as much to do with what you eat, exercise, how long you sleep as well generally being happy in life and not letting stress bring you down. People that are more energetic aren’t just born with that personality trait. Anyone can change if they want to and improve their energy levels. #sleep, #energy, #body

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