Fall is just around the corner which means more hours of darkness, cold and rainy weather which sometime makes us feeling unmotivated, tired and no energy.
Try these 5 tips and strategies to help boost your energy.
1)Keep Your body Moving
Increasing physical activity actually increases energy. The key is to focus on daily physical activity such as: House Work, Garden Work, Walking instead of driving, playing with your children, ride your bike to a friends house. Small steps equal big changes.
Most people need at least seven or eight hours every night. Do you sleep too much or not enough? Try and get up and go to bed at the same time each day. If you go to bed late one night still set your alarm for the same wake up time. If you are tired the next night go to bed earlier but still get up at the same time. Ask yourself these following questions. Is your room fully dark? If you can’t physically make your room dark then wear a night eye mask . Regulate room temperature (between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit or 15-19 Celcius), and use white noise (a fan or quiet music) to help induce sleepiness.
3)Feed your body right
Meal timing is another important factor in maintaining energy levels. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can cause blood sugar swings, often resulting in fatigue. You should eat at least three nutritious meals each day with the last meal well before bedtime. Snacking is ok as long as its good choices.(Google- healthy snacks)
4) Decrease your stress
Stress will zap the life out of you! Stressors ( worry, fear, over loaded with work) can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Add more relaxing activities such as exercise (decreases the chemical effects of stress and anger), listening to music thats up beat and fun, reading a great book, yoga or even just talking on the phone with a good friend.
5)Get Some Sun
The body produces vitamin D after exposure to sun. Try to get 10 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun at least three times a week which can help with physical performance and improved mood. As we all know west coast weather in the winter is not the sunniest so you could try alternate ways of getting vitamin D ( Google -ways to get vitamin D).