According to Eva Cwynar, a medical doctor and an author, fatigue is an illness often complained by her patients and the general public. When you’re suffering from energy drain you find it more difficult to focus on the tasks you’re doing. You also find yourself being frustrated even at apparently simple challenges. While most of us would say it’s normal to feel fatigue as we get older, Cwynar says it doesn’t have to be. If you think you’re one of thousands of people suffering from low energy level, take heart. Try these tips and see your energy levels shoot up.
1. Move around.
Don’t argue saying you’re too tired to exercise. There are numerous studies showing that pushing yourself hard enough can actually increase your energy level. An experiment conducted at California State University by Robert Thayer, PhD proves that a brisk 10-minute walk can increase your energy level. Not only that, its effect can even last up to two hours! Plus taking a 10 minute walk for 3 weeks continuously will lift your mood and overall energy levels.
Even light exercise can be beneficial to your health.
2. Take a nap.
Studies prove that loading our brain with too much information and pushing it too hard can lower our energy level. But according to the National Institutes of Mental Health, taking a power nap can overturn the adverse effects of information overload on our brain. In addition, a quick yet powerful nap can help you retain more of what you’ve learned.
3. Avoid stress-causing situations.
According to psychologist Paul Baard, PhD, stress is one of the chief energy zappers in life. Anxiety, which consumes so much of our energy, often leads to stress. Stress can make you feel exhausted both mentally and physically, even if you stay in bed the whole day. This is why it’s important to recognize the stress-causing things in your life, and think of ways you can avoid them.
Here are 15 ways to beat stress.
4. Watch what you drink.
We all know that our brain can sometimes confuse thirst signals with hunger signal. This explains why we sometimes think we need to eat when in fact what we really need is a drink. But new studies show that even thirst can be confusing as it can disguise itself as fatigue. Feeling thirsty can make you feel as though you were very tired. If this were the case, a cool glass of water can solve your problem. This is especially true during hot summer days when our body will most likely crave for fluids. On the other hand, if you often feel tired even after a good night’s sleep, consider drinking less alcohol hours before bedtime. While it’s true that alcohol can help you go to sleep faster, it prevents you from getting deep sleep. As a result, even if you sleep for eight hours, you still don’t get the complete rest you need. Cutting down or avoiding alcohol hours before you go to bed can help you get a good night’s sleep resulting in more energy the following day.
When is the best time to drink water? Find out here.