We all have those days. Those days when you feel sluggish, sleepy, and unproductive. Whether you can pinpoint the exact reason why you’re lacking energy (a long night taking care of a sick kid) or you really don’t know why you can’t seem to keep your eyes open, here are some surefire ways to boost your energy level and get back to being the best you that you can be!
1. Get Moving
Take a walk. Go for a run. Do some calisthenics. Whatever gets you up and moving. The more active you are, the better your circulation will be — a key to increased energy. Plus, the increased endorphins from a brief (or long) workout will make you feel oh-so-good. If you have a desk job, make sure to take a break every so often and go for a short walk. If you’re stuck in a seated position for a while, like on a plane or long car ride, circle your feet to get the blood pumping!
2. Drink Water
Did you know that dehydration can cause fatigue? Drink water throughout your day. Water helps the body function properly. If your urine is dark colored, rather than pale yellow, that may mean you are not drinking enough.
3. Eat Protein
Eating quality protein like fish and nuts can give you a much-needed energy boost. Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps you alert. Refined carbs and simple sugars, on the other hand, may give you an instant high, but you WILL crash later!
4. Hang Out with a Friend
Spending time with a friend is a definite energy booster. You’ll relieve some stress, have fun, and fight the fatigue at the same time. If you can’t make the time to see a friend, make a phone call. You’ll get a bigger boost than emailing or texting.
5. Breathe Deeply
When you don’t breathe deeply enough, your body isn’t getting enough oxygen. When tense, many people forget to breathe deeply. Taking a few deep, regular breaths helps you force more oxygen into your cells, which slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation, ultimately providing more energy.
6. Listen to Some Tunes
Listening to music can boost your energy, according to new research. It invigorates the body by activating several areas of the brain at once, building new nerve connections. So, pop in the “Single Ladies” soundtrack and turn up the dial (yes, even if you’re not single – it’s really just a fun song).