Another new year is upon us! Everybody seems to boost energy levels and get psyched up about the New Year! But are you sitting there wondering, “It’s the New Year. Why is my energy so low?” Or even: “Why am I so tired in winter?”
Trying to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions seems impossible when you’re suffering from low energy.
Low energy isn’t just about feeling tired all the time. Other symptoms of low energy levels include
- brain fog
- difficulty with your memory
- lack of motivation
- feeling worn out after completing even the most basic tasks
There are quite a few reasons you may be exhausted, so I always suggest an annual physical to anyone who feels consistently worn out. That way, we can get to the root cause of the problem and agree on a treatment plan.
This is especially important if your fatigue is due to a hormone imbalance, a medical condition, thyroid disorder, sleep apnea, depression, or is a side effect of a medication you’re taking.
Often, however, you can boost your energy levels by making some changes to your lifestyle.
How to Boost Energy Levels Naturally: My Top 7
1. Stop Stressing Out!
Stress-induced emotions drain you of energy. Stress comes in various flavors – some you can choose, others you can’t. Effective ways to manage the stress that you can’t take off your plate are
- talk to a friend or relative
- join a support group
- see a psychotherapist
- tai chi
2. Move That Body!
Exercising can boost energy levels like nobody’s business. Exercise helps you sleep more soundly, gives your cells more energy to burn, circulates oxygen, and leads to higher brain dopamine levels.
3. Kick the Cigs and Vapes
Nicotine is a stimulant that speeds your heart rate, raises blood pressure, stimulates brain-wave activity, and causes cravings that can keep you awake and buzzing until you’re exhausted.
4. Get Good Eats!
Eat a well-rounded diet containing whole foods with a low glycemic index and avoid processed sugars. This can help you avoid the energy crash that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches.
5. Avoid Alcohol – Drink Water
Suffer from the mid-afternoon slump? Avoid drinking alcohol at lunch. Drowsy in the evening? Skip the Happy Hour. Alcohol is a sedative!
In addition, skip the sports drinks or sodas and drink water. Your body is primarily made of water. If it gets short on water, you’ll feel tired and unmotivated.
6. Connect With People Who Invigorate You
Social isolation can cause low mood and tiredness. On the other hand, energy drainers or crazymakers will only make you feel more exhausted! Joining a club or class, volunteering, or finding a new hobby can be fun ways to connect.
7. Lose and Manage Your Weight
Carrying around an extra 50 pounds would exhaust anyone – even an additional 15 can be noticeable when it comes to energy levels. To boost your energy, lose the extra weight. A weight management program can give you the support you need as well as a way to connect with other people. Win-win!
You don’t have to drag your way into the New Year!
Contact me for a consultation today, and we’ll get you on your way to higher energy levels and whole-body health!