Feeling a little sluggish this morning?
As I write this, I can’t help but giggle because just a few hours ago, I hit snooze four times on my alarm. In today’s demanding society with our over-crowded schedules and demands, it seems like we could all use a little more energy. And not unlike other “symptoms” that are exacerbated by stress, lack of energy is our body’s way of saying that something is off-kilter.
If this sounds like you, check out our favorite ways to naturally boost your energy in a flash!
Skip The Snooze
Ooops, as I mentioned before, I hit snooze a lot this morning – but this article on Health.com reminds us that hitting the snooze button is actually a terrible way to start the day – and can have a lasting effect on our energy levels. Why? According to the article, falling back to sleep can disrupt our hormone levels which makes waking up even harder. When you get up, make sure to get up. Ayurvedic practice suggests placing both feet firmly on the ground right when you awake to connect with the earth and wake up easier. I can honestly say I’ve tried that ( as skeptical as I may be) and it actually helps!
Drink Your Greens
If you’ve been wanting to start juicing your kale and spinach now is a great time! Since lack of energy can be the direct result of dehydration, juicing those greens are a great way to hydrate, nourish and energize your body for energy that lasts all day. When I’m on my A-game, I drink a kale, apple, spinach and ginger juice when I first wake up.
Drink Non-Toxic Water
Since energy levels can directly be related to hydration, it’s only natural that you would want to up your water intake! In fact, just the slightest amount of dehydration can cause symptoms of fatigue. However, make sure you’re drinking the pure stuff! Tap water is jam packed with all kinds of nasty chemicals that are toxic to the body – so if you’re going to guzzle make sure it’s clean!
Our brains exhaust us. They run a million miles per minute – thinking, worrying, planning and working – and before we know it our bodies are exhausted! Think of meditation as a power surge for our brains. By unplugging from the stress around us and simply concentrating on our breath for 5-10 minutes, you’ll notice a boost in energy and a renewed sense of focus when it comes time to get back to work. We love the article over at You Beauty on the power of meditation, specifically as it relates to energy.
Skip The Caffeine
Instead of relying on coffee, tea and energy drinks to power you through your day, Mind Body Green suggests using “tonic herb teas and elixirs with herbs that balance the body.” These herbs help your body boost its energy naturally – which means you’ll actually be able to sustain higher energy levels without the crash that comes when caffeine wears off (not to mention the headaches!)
What do you do to keep your energy levels up and at ‘em all day? We all could use a little more energy so please feel free to share the boost in the comments below!