There are few things worse than getting a case of the afternoon blahs and having no idea where to get the energy boost you really need. Caffeine or sugary foods can make you feel better for a little while but when it wears off…you’re right back where you started (sometimes worse)!
No matter where you are when your blahs hit, you need quick and effective techniques to overcome them so they don’t derail your entire day. Consider this your cheat sheet to help wake yourself up, regain your focus, and put your day back on track.No matter where you are when your day starts to drag, these quick ways to boost energy will help!Click To Tweet
7 Ways to Pump Up Your Energy (Naturally)
- Get your stretch on! Whether you’re having trouble waking up in the morning or that big lunch is kicking your butt after 3pm, stretching helps to get your blood pumping and warm your muscles. This sends a lot more oxygen-rich blood to your brain, heart, lungs, and the rest of the gang that give you some much needed pep to get moving.
Slow, steady movements (no bouncing) that you couple with deep breathing are just the thing to ramp up your lymph system, too. That equals pushing out more toxins, stimulating your digestive system, and getting your “think” on.
- Sun it up! That great big gaseous ball in the sky gets a bad rap. Responsible sun exposure helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorous and is required to help you produce vitamin D3. One of the most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency is fatigue, which can lead to depression.
Respect the sun but don’t avoid it completely! With more and more of our work and play hours moving indoors, more people are getting little to no sunshine. Since sunblock inhibits the rays you need to make vitamin D3 – spend a little bit of time (10-15 minutes) getting some sun on the bare skin of hands or face to get your body manufacturing the good stuff. You don’t want to burn so plan ahead if you’ll be in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes and protect your skin.
- Up your healthy fat intake! With the low-fat, no-fat craze (that was supposed to end heart disease and failed epically) shoved down your throat over the last 40 years, chances are, your body is craving some delicious, nutritious fats. You can’t make essential fatty acids, cholesterol, or triglycerides and you can’t live without them. Cholesterol is used in all your cells.
Fat is responsible for critical chemical reactions, hormones production, metabolism, immune function, energy, as well as insulating and protecting your vital organs. When you get too little, your brain (25% fat by volume) is the first organ to let you know. If you have difficulty concentrating, recalling, or learning new tasks as quickly as you once did, you might need more healthy fats!
- For goodness sake, eat! You might think you’re getting more than enough food in the course of your day but what kind of calories are you consuming? A calorie from a soda is not the same as a calorie from a salad – it simply isn’t! If you’re searching for an energy boost, your eating habits are the first place you need to look.
A diet filled with empty calories (sugar and carbs that convert to sugar) will leave you unsatisfied and irritable. Worse, fast food and junk food (a staple of the Standard American Diet) give your body no real fuel…so you have nothing to burn to keep basic system running. I don’t want to get “food preachy” but your body needs real food to work properly and keep you awake and alert.Your body needs real food to work properly and keep you awake and alert. #7waystoboostenergyClick To Tweet
- Aromatherapy for the win! Studies show that specific essential oils such as peppermint, citrus, rosemary, and eucalyptus help your brain get with the program. Pure essential oils may help stimulate “feel good” chemicals like serotonin which provide an energy boost accompanied by feelings of calm. They’re easy to use, readily available, and smell divine!
To utilize essential oils at home or work, consider buying a cold-water air diffuser. They’re not expensive and can freshen and revitalize an entire room or office. If you’re on the go, place a drop of essential oil on the inside of your wrists (or in a napkin or tissue) and take deep breaths for a full minute. If you have sensitive skin, use a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil (1 drop of carrier oil to 1 drop of essential oil) to avoid irritation. Adding a drop or two of peppermint to your shampoo or conditioner is another great way to get your eyes open fully and your brain hustling!
- Drink the water…seriously. If you’re like 75% of the population of the United States, you may be dehydrated. Your body often mistakes thirst for hunger – causing you to hit the snack machine instead of the water cooler. Water is the easiest way to give your cells a much-needed energy boost in the afternoon (or after a late night).
If you don’t drink enough – and specialty coffees, bottled teas, sodas, and sports drinks don’t count – your body gets fatigued. Dehydration makes it hard to focus and can even lead to unusual mood swings. A good rule of thumb is half an ounce for every pound of your body weight or a full ounce if you work outside.
- Listen to your body. Stress has now been linked to every major disease due to the inflammation it causes. When you combine generally poor diet, dehydration, sleep deprivation, world events, and whatever tension you might have in your home, workplace, or individual mind – the toxic stress load can be crushing. Chronic stress is a slow (but persistent) killer.
Take an afternoon off, a day off, a week off if you have the ability and just be still. Do some thinking, make some personal plans, and give your mind and body time to recharge. It’s okay to stop, it’s okay to sleep, it’s okay to need a break. Even if you’re a single mom or working two jobs or spending two hours commuting each day, don’t forget to steal 15 minutes a day to meditate and think about yourself as a person in your own right. Because you are.
Stop for a moment and figure out the best ways to boost energy and ask yourself why you have so little in the first place. Is it your job, kids, diet, relationships, or health issues? Can you figure out workable ways to minimize the stress and lower your fatigue?
It might take several attempts. You need to try different techniques that are specific to your situation until you find the ones that work. Stick with it.Try different techniques that are specific to your situation until you find the ones that work. Click To Tweet
Don’t let those afternoon blahs become lifetime blahs. Get your energy back!
For more information about healthy fats…
Read “The Healing Fats of Life” to discover how specific fats have been shown to bulletproof your heart, reverse memory loss and supercharge your immunity. You’ll be amazed to learn why fat was removed from the American diet (and no, it’s not because of heart disease).