If you’re working, a busy parent or perhaps both you’ll sometimes you’ll feel like you need an extra hour in the day. I certainly do as a parent and someone who runs her own business. The modern non-stop lifestyle would leave anyone weary. Here are a few tips which are useful to know when you are struggling to stay awake naturally and to give you the energy boost you need to soldier on through the day.
Boost Your Energy With a Great Diet
To optimise the energy you get from what you eat it’s advisable to eat small snacks every few hours rather than three large meals a day. This will give your body a slow and steady supply of nutrients. Eat food with a low glycemic index, these can include oats and grains, pasta, rice, beans and pulse and most fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Starting the day with a good breakfast is fundamental as your body has been working hard during the night digesting and processing the previous day.
You might want to fit in some protein, eggs or yoghurt as if you choose healthier options. If you’re feeling like treating yourself maybe whip up some smoked salmon (you can find some recipe options here) which contains lots of Omega 3. If you’ve got less time, or find it difficult to get in all these different food groups, how about whacking it all together to make a smoothie? Then you’ll have everything you need in one, easy glass.
Boost Your Energy by Watching What You Drink
Be sure to continually drink lots of water throughout the day. A tell-tale sign of dehydration is feeling fatigued. If you haven’t already buy a refillable water bottle and try to keep it with you at all times. You can now purchase many made from recycled materials, and reducing your plastic waste, you’re doing the environment a big favour as well. Not drinking enough water is something I really need to work on!
The Caffeine Question
How can you best use caffeine to your advantage? Limit yourself to four cups a day, and steer clear of it in the evenings, as this might keep you up. If you’re looking for all-natural good quality coffee, try single origin coffee beans from Two Chimps Coffee. They even offer subscriptions right to your door, to make your life that little bit easier. I used to survive and thrive on caffeine (I’m a freelancer) but these days drink mostly de-caff and savour my caffeine drinks.
Exercise and Rest
Both of these kept in balance will ensure you have an abundance of energy. Make sure you get regular exercise and try to restrict your sleep patterns to night time. This will give you more energy during the day.
These are all great ways to boost energy naturally. How do you keep yourself going?