Three easy ways to improve your energy levels, naturally
Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning?
Are you hitting the snooze button several times?
Is it hard to pull yourself out of bed?
Perhaps you just feel like your energy gets drained- or perhaps you wake up feeling really good and feeling energized, and then all of a sudden at the end of the day or midway part through your day, you’re feeling really low like you have no energy, as if the life was drained out of you and you need a nap?
Well, if so, then potentially there are a few things that you can look at improving in your own lifestyle to make sure that energy isn’t an issue for you moving forward. And hopefully this blog post gives you exactly that.
What to look at first:
If you are feeling tired and your energy is low, the number one thing that I recommend you start looking at is your sleep patterns. How is your sleep?
Are you getting that quality seven to nine hours of sleep every single night?
Is this consistent for you?
Are you waking up frequently?
Are you tossing and turning?
Are you having trouble falling asleep?
Are you waking up way earlier than you originally planned and before your alarm?
What is the pattern of your sleep looking like right now?
If you are not getting quality sleep and it is by choice (meaning you are not going to bed at a reasonable time to get that amount of sleep every single night), that is a first thing that you should be focusing on. Start making sleep a priority.
It doesn’t matter if you think that you can survive on 2, 3, 4, 5 hours a night. I was once there too. For four or five years, I was convinced that I could sleep very minimal hours and make it through my day without any problems. But the truth is, is that I was showing up shitty in my life.
I was not doing quality work and my tasks were all over the place. I was not focused, I was not productive, and honestly, everything in my life was ‘good enough’ but not actually good.
Now, this is something that rapidly changed once I started making sleep a priority and getting enough quality hours in every single night.
In addition, even if you are trying to convince yourself that you can survive with little shut-eye hours, you have to recognize that your body is not able to actually do the actions that it needs to do when you’re limiting yourself to that little of hours per night.
It cannot properly digest and absorb the nutrients that it needs to, it cannot complete gas exchange, and it cannot cleanse your system of toxins. Basically, your body cannot do ANYTHING that it is designed to do during your sleeping cycle if you’re cutting it down from seven hours or nine hours, to only two or three or four. Your body just doesn’t have enough time to do it. Which means, other things within your body/system are not going to be adequate or healthy if you’re limiting your sleep to that extent.
So again, I would highly recommend that first and foremost, if not sleeping enough is a choice, that you rapidly change that decision and start making sleep a priority for yourself in your own life.
Now, if sleep is an issue for you and it isn’t by choice, I do recommend that you take a look at some alternative resources. I do have a previous blog post, which you will find HERE, that covers some tips that I have for improving your sleep cycle.
However, the number one thing is to remove electronics before bed. That alone can hugely impact your sleep in a positive way- and that means not just your cell phone, but your laptop, your tablet, and the TV as well. Avoiding these blue light sources before bed can drastically improve your sleep cycle, helping you feel calm, collected, relaxed and ready to hit the sheets.
Even better, you can fill that void with journaling, yoga, a cup of tea, perhaps playing a board game if you have a partner, a spouse, or a family member, or fill your time with something else.
Now, outside of that for improving sleep, of course you could definitely look at taking a natural supplement– I myself take magnesium glycinate.
It’s a healthy, natural supplement and has immense different benefits from muscle recovery to anxiety reduction, and more- but overall it can really just help you feel relaxed.
Personally I have noticed a tremendous difference in my sleep with the addition of this aid (I use a quality brand called Metagenics). So I definitely recommend sourcing out an option like that.
After sleep, what do you focus on next?
Next it is important to look at what you are nourishing your body with throughout the day.
Are you eating a lot of refined carbohydrates, simple sugars, things like white rice, white pasta, white bread?
Are you eating a lot of processed foods, maybe a lot of bakery sweets?
Candy? Chips? Chocolate? Fast food?
Different things that are highly refined and highly processed can have a negative impact on your body and actually cause quite a significant crash later on in the day. Therefore, I would recommend looking at what currently makes up your nutritional plate.
Are you eating the majority of your fruits and vegetables?
Are you getting a lot of whole grains and healthy fats and complex carbohydrates?
Are you doing these things on a consistent and continual basis every single day?
No? Then perhaps that’s an area to look at and make some improvements so that you can actually get the energy from your food that you require. This may sound simple, but taking these small steps towards feeling better, will help you not just energy-wise, but all over in terms of your general health and wellness.
There are a lot of blog posts available to you on here that discuss nutrition tips in a deeper way, and I would recommend you go check those out if this is a possible area of concerns for you.
Finally, what about supplements?
Now, the final tip that I have for you here today, outside of sleep and outside of your nutritional component is, considering the option of natural supplementation to help increase your energy and help you feel a little bit better throughout the day.
Personally, I have always noticed that stress plays a huge part in my energy levels. The more stressed I am, the less energy that I have, and that’s just how the cycle works. And for the majority of people, that is what they tend to experience. So with this, I would recommend looking at your current stress levels.
Do you feel like you’re always stressed out- that your energy is tied in combination with that?
Do you feel like your cortisol, which is your stress hormone, is running rampant or at a chronic level where you are consistently feeling like you’re on edge?
If so, then perhaps looking at some ways to naturally reduce that stress would be a great option.
Of course, you can always look at what is currently causing that stress and make changes there, but that can take some time, and sometimes there are some really big decisions need to be made in order to decrease that stress. Maybe leaving a toxic relationship or a career you hate, or something else massive like that.
Now, if we’re looking for immediate relief or immediate changes in our energy levels, making big life changes like that aren’t necessarily going to be the best option and can take time to build up that courage to get you to step outside of your comfort zone.
So, a faster way to target that, of course, is looking for a natural supplementation that can help you bring down your stress levels temporarily so that you’re able to increase your energy levels and feel better on a consistent and continuous basis as you move through your day to day motions.
The one supplement I take for for this exactly, is called Exhilarin, and again, it is from Metagenics, a practitioner only supplement line. This brand s extremely high-quality offering a wide range of natural products- and I really appreciate their testing modalities. I believe in their products, which is why they are a company/brand that I stand behind.
Now, Exhilarin helps to not just decrease the body’s natural response to stress and decrease that cortisol hormone that’s in the body, but it also helps naturally balance and increase the energy levels of your body.
I definitely notice a difference with it when I take it on a consistent and routine basis, but I don’t always have to take it. For instance, if I’m feeling really good and energized, I don’t take it. But, if there is a day (like right now), where things are a little bit chaotic, then that would be the time that I would take this supplement as a boost to help my body’s resistance to stress and to also naturally increase my energy levels at the same time.
Outside of that there are of course lots of other natural supplements available- and it is best to choose something that will work best with YOUR body.
However, I, of course, always recommend going the most natural route possible if you are deciding to take something and working with your own health professional to ensure you are doing so in a safe manner.
Both supplements mentioned above (Magnesium Glycinate and Exhilarin) are only available through a practitioner, so if you’d like to look at ordering either of these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to set you up with the link.
I hope these three things, (sleep, nourishment, and natural supplementation), give you some ideas on how to target your energy levels right now.
If you have any other questions, by all means, please let me know. And if you’re looking for a video version of today’s topic, you can view that HERE.
I hope you have a fabulous rest of your day. Talk to you soon.