Tips To Stay Energized
We all know that sinking feeling in our stomachs when the alarm goes off in the morning. It might seem like you have no energy from the get-go every day. If this sounds like you, then you’ve probably spent considerable time looking for a solution to the yawns that plague you all day long. Lucky for you, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself energized all day long!
Start Your Day Right
The first key to perking up and staying that way is to get outside in the morning. Feeling the crisp air on your skin and watching the sun come up will kickstart your circadian rhythm and help your body realize it’s time to be awake. Even if this means sitting on your patio with a cup of coffee or tea for a few minutes, you’d be surprised how much it can help. Next is the importance of breakfast. It truly is the most important meal of the day. Whether you’re preparing eggs and bacon, a microwave sandwich or even just a protein powder smoothie, make sure you get something in your stomach. When you eat food, it wakes up your stomach and starts tons of processes in your body. These help to keep you awake, energized and focused during the day, so don’t skip your morning meal. Lastly, although it may seem counterintuitive, ditching the morning coffee could actually help you feel more alert. Caffeine can get your brain addicted to a dopamine hit first thing in the morning, so it doesn’t think it has to make those chemicals for you anymore. This leads to peaks and valleys during the day as the caffeine wears off and you feel like you need more to keep going. If you can get yourself off the caffeine, your body will be much better at making it through the day without a chemical aid.
During the Day
You can’t discount the benefits of physical activity for keeping you alert. It gets the blood flowing and releases tons of chemicals that are designed to keep you focused on the task at hand. In fact, studies show exercising first thing in the morning can help you to feel energized all day long and make you more focused and productive at work. So try switching your gym routine from afternoon to morning and see if you get results! In the same vein, getting out of your office chair regularly during the day is a huge help to keep your eyelids from drooping. Walking to the break room and back is good, but getting outside is better. Try walking down the street or around the parking lot of your office to get some sun and some exercise during your breaks. It can also help to eat your lunch outside, which gives you the benefit of sunlight and gives your eyes a rest from that computer screen. Eating well during the day can make a huge difference, too. Carb-heavy, fatty meals will likely make you feel tired after because they take a lot of work to digest. Try to focus on a light lunch with lean proteins and lots of greens and veggies. If you crave a sweet afternoon snack, pack some fruit like apples or grapes to tide you over until it’s time to clock out.
Get Good Sleep
One of the main ingredients to an energized day is a restful night. Try to create a bedtime routine for yourself so you can fall asleep quickly and stay asleep until that pesky alarm goes off. It can be helpful to stay away from screens for at least 30 minutes before bed, as well as creating a cozy sanctuary in your bedroom. Some people like to have essential oil diffusers or white noise to help them fall asleep, too.
Staying energized during the day may seem hard, but if you start your day right, make good choices during the day, and have an effective sleep routine, you’ll be able to tackle every day at 100%.
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