Many of my clients complain about tiredness and general lack of energy. I know we are just coming into Spring, so hopefully all of our energy levels will get a boost, but if you need something more, here are a few tips.
1. Go for a 10 minute walk. Although exercising might be the last thing you want to do when you are feeling tired, it really is worth it. Increasing your physical activity increases your energy levels and has the bi-product of improving your mood too!
2. Drink more water. Even very mild dehydration can leave you feeling tired and irritable. So fill up your glass or bottle and keep it with you.
3. Don’t skip a meal – particularly breakfast. Although you might be trying to lose weight or reduce your calorie intake, skipping a meal will only leave you tired and grouchy and more likely to snack on junk when your blood sugar level gets low.
4. Breathe. Stand up, stretch and take a few long slow breaths. Then take a deep breath through your nose, hold it and release it forcefully. Repeat this 3 or 4 times for an instant energy boost.
5. Reduce your stress. Constant high levels of stress will leave you completely exhausted. Try to deal with the causes of the stress first and then build in some relaxation activities into your day. These could be exercise (see number 1), going for a coffee with a friend, jumping around to some music or having a hot bath when the kids have gone to bed.
6. Reduce the amount of TV you watch. Although it might feel like ‘wind-down’ time, reading a book or playing a game are much more likely to help you relax and improve your overall energy levels.
7. Get to know your body clock. If you are a morning person, do the most difficult things on your list in the morning and keep the afternoon and evening for easier jobs or for exercising and relaxing. Turn this around if you are an evening person and start your day with some exercise.
8. Take a power nap. A 45 minute power nap can significantly reduce exhaustion – especially if it is mental fatigue. It will also reverse that ‘information overload’ feeling and improve your concentration.