A constant complaint that we hear from most people today, is how tired they feel. Multitasking, stress and exacting jobs leave us feeling drained of all energy. Low energy levels can have negative impact on our psychology and make us feel depressed and miserable.
Most people wonder as to why some folks seem so full of energy while others look washed out. We are also bombarded with information on ways to increase our depleted energy levels with the usage of some ‘miracle’ pill or the other. Hundreds of advertisements appear in newspapers on revolutionary ‘energy courses’ or ‘energy diets’ to feel totally recharged.
Some of the common words which are used to describe lack of energy are tiredness, lethargy, fatigue and weariness. Lack of energy can be attributed to an underlying health condition or due to some chronic infection. However in most cases wrong lifestyle choices that make are the main culprit behind the feeling of excessive tiredness.
Get Energy to Lead a Full Life
If you want to lead a full and healthy life, you need energy to pursue your various interests. Lack of energy is mostly a self afflicted problem. Taking on more work than we can handle, getting unnecessarily stressed and poor or wrong eating habits can increase our sense of lethargy.
Sometimes, something as simple as getting a good night sleep can leave us feeling refreshed and ready to face the world. It is important to keep some time aside for yourself everyday to recharge your batteries so that you can meet challenges head on.
Secrets to Getting More Energy
No one factor can help you to increase your energy levels. To boost your natural energy plane, a combination of diet and lifestyle changes have to be made. Through this article we will examine the simple changes that can be made to recharge energy levels and to feel like a brand new person.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast
One of the main reasons why people feel tired right at the beginning of a day is because of their habit of skipping breakfast. Most people are so hard pressed for time in the morning, that they tend not eat the first and most important meal of the day, namely breakfast. After fasting through out the night, our body energy levels are depleted. To restore this lost energy, one must eat a nutritious and balanced breakfast.
A good breakfast provides the necessary fuel to see one through the various activities till lunch time. Instead of eating a breakfast which is full of fatty and sugar laden foods, eat a breakfast contains plenty of complex carbohydrates and proteins. Plan ahead as to what you are going to eat for breakfast. A simple breakfast comprising of a fruit smoothie and a few bran muffins are more that enough to uplift your sagging energy levels.
Cut Back On the Caffeine Intake
People drink coffee to boost their energy levels. While one or two cups of coffee a day are alright, drinking more than that will actually leave a person feeling drained. The caffeine gives people an initial spurt of energy but once that initial energy level ebbs, it can actually leave a person feeling more tired than before. Too much caffeine, acts as a natural diuretic which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration only increases the feeling of tiredness or lethargy.
Get A Good Nights Sleep
A good night sleep can ensure better energy levels. A detailed survey has revealed that people who are unable to get a proper night of sleep are the ones who feel most tired in the morning. A normal and healthy adult needs at least eight hours of sleep every night to feel rejuvenated in the morning. One of the best ways to determine whether you are sleep deprived or not is to determine how fast you fall asleep once you lie down. People who are fall asleep within half an hour of lying in bed are those who get enough sleep every night. On the other hand people who are sleep deprived tend to fall asleep as soon as they hit the sack.
Drink Plenty of Water
A simple fact that most people are unaware of is that dehydration can increase the feeling of tiredness. Extreme fatigue caused by dehydration can interfere with the normal functioning of the brain which can leave your feeling extremely confused. Ideally a person should drink at least eight to ten glasses of water in a day. Besides water, fruit juices, milk and non alcoholic and caffeinated dinks can also help us to meet our fluid requirements for the day.
Eat Smaller Meals
Instead of eating three or four large meals a day, try to eat small meals comprising of healthy snacks ever few hours. Large meals can make a person feel sluggish. Instead small power packed snacks like low fat yoghurt, dried fruits and nuts can increase our energy levels. Also try to avoid eating high fat and sugary foods frequently.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can actually make a person feel fagged out and drained of all energy. So leave the couch and start exercising to feel healthy and energetic. Initially a person can start with some light exercises like walking or jogging. As their energy levels increases, they can shift to more energetic exercises. Exercising, increases the level of oxygen flowing inside our body and this can automatically make us feel refreshed and alert.
Not many people known that improper breathing can actually increase tiredness. People who tend to breathe through their mouths and those who take short, shallow breaths are twice as likely to feel tired as compared to individuals who breathe properly.
Make a conscious effort to breathe properly. Make breathing exercises a part of your daily routine. Deep breathing ensures that oxygen enters our system properly. A build up of carbon dioxide in our body is one of the culprits behind our feeling of tiredness.
Eat Iron Rich Food
Extreme iron deficiency and subsequent anemia is another cause of tiredness especially in women. Eating a diet that is rich in iron can help people beat the feeling of tiredness caused by anemia. Some of the foods which are rich in iron include spinach, red meats, whole grains and a variety of seafood.
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