We’ve all experienced those groggy days where energy is hard to come by. From the minute we roll out of bed to the minute we crawl back in, it’s like every step was forced. This is often a result of a poor rest the night before, but not always. Sometimes, there’s a different reason we’re feeling tired all the time. Below is a list of 8 easy ways to feel less tired. Try one or all of them and see what helps you to feel better.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
One of the most common reasons we feel tired is dehydration. By increasing the amount of water you’re consuming, you’re likely to get have more energy. As a rule, a glass of water in the morning is a great way to start the day. It helps to boost your metabolism too. Remember: If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink enough to prevent feeling thirsty, but don’t overdo the liquids either. Drinking too much can leave you feeling bloated, which can sap your energy.
Eat proper meals, especially breakfast.
The best way to start your day is with a hearty and full breakfast. It’s recommended that you enjoy breakfast within an hour of waking up. This helps to energize you for the day ahead. Following breakfast, you should have three proper meals each day. If you’re not sure what constitutes a proper meal, refer to your local food pyramid. If you can’t manage three proper meals a day, the alternative is 5-7 small meals throughout the day. This will benefit you the same as eating proper meals. It’s easier for those with more active lifestyles, as well as those with a smaller appetite. Looking at a plate full of food can be overwhelming to some. Make sure you’re getting a decent amount of fatty omega-3’s in your diet. This helps to boost your energy levels.
Exercise regularly to boost your energy.
Did you know that a lack of food can cause your body to feel drained, like dehydration? Most people don’t realize that when your body is tired, there could be an underlying cause. Often, it’s as simple as your body is hungry and needs a snack. Now, you don’t want to eat every time you feel tired. You could develop a habit of overeating. However, periodic light snacks are good for energizing you! This is especially true if you’re unable to eat three proper meals a day. You could easily be faced with the hunger slumps. Try grabbing an apple or a handful of baby carrots. You’ll almost instantly notice the difference.
Soak up some of the sun.
The sun is a natural energy boost, filled with vitamins that your body needs. By getting enough sun each day, you’ll be able to feel more energized. Your body will soak up more vitamins and give you a total system boost. Plus, you’ll feel happier as sun is a natural mood booster as well. You’ll even find sleeping at night is easier. Just make sure if you’re planning a sun-filled day that you’re going to be prepared! Always wear sunscreen and make sure your head is protected from the heat. You’ll also want to make sure you’re staying extra-hydrated.
Limit caffeine intake to early morning.
Caffeine is a naturally stimulant, which means it will keep you awake. Most people avoid coffee in the later hours of the day for this reason. But you can find caffeine in many other food items that you’re likely to have in the afternoon. Pepsi or Coke are loaded with caffeine to boost your energy, so they should be avoided anytime around bedtime. Dark chocolate is often high in caffeine, so if you’re going to indulge, do it earlier in the day. It goes without saying that energy drinks will not help you sleep, so stay away from those, especially in early hours of the day.
Practice sleep hygiene.
One of the best ways to feel awake is by getting a proper sleep. For many people, this is hard or almost impossible. You toss and turn trying to fall asleep. You wake up throughout the night. You don’t even want to face the rising sun. A good way to get into the habit of sleeping properly is by practising sleep hygiene. This means setting a routine around your sleeping habits. Always go to bed at the same time. Avoid caffeine in the later hours of the day. Avoid your cellphone or any bright lights for an hour before bed. These are habits that will eventually form a proper sleep schedule. Of course, you can always grab a nap during the day. Experts say it only takes 20 minutes to revitalize, so make sure to set an alarm!
Take a shower when you wake up.
It’s hard to feel motivated in the morning. If you can drag yourself into the shower, you’ll notice a boost in energy. Ending your shower with cold water (water therapy) can help to wake up your body and your mind and get you moving. If that doesn’t sound like fun, a normal shower is good enough. Water is used in this therapy because it reduces the stress on your body. The lower your stress level is, the more likely you are to feel energized.
Remove stress from your environment.
Did you know that stress and over thinking can result in feeling drained or tired? The fact is, stress is like mental exercise. If you’re not supplying enough energy for all those thoughts, you’re only going to end up drained. Of course, if you’re the type to over think, eating and drinking water isn’t going to be completely helpful. Instead, you’ll want to try removing stress from your environment. That’s not always easy, but there are methods to reduce environmental stress. This could be as simple as taking clutter off surfaces or having blank walls. Look around your environment and see if there is anything that can reduce your stress.
As you can see, there are many issues that can make you feel tired. Most of them have a simple cure. However, it’s important that you also rule out the possibility of an underlying medical condition that could be contributing to your lack of energy. For instance, many people who suffer from depression first notice a lack of energy and motivation. Many heart conditions can cause perpetual exhaustion as well. Make sure you check in with a doctor.