These simple hacks will boost your energy levels, stat.
Between meeting work deadlines, keeping your personal admin in order and mustering the energy to squeeze in that exercise, it’s no wonder we’re seven different types of exhausted. Yes, we might be more productive than ever, but we’re also more stressed.
According to research by the Australian Psychological Society, 8 out of ten Australians report feeling stressed in their daily lives, with 35% citing a significant level of distress. While personal finances (49%) and family issues (45%) stress us out the most, ironically, we’re also stressed about our personal health (44%) and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle (40%). We hear ya.
So what exactly is all this scheduling and stressing doing to our bodies?
“Stress activates the body’s fight or flight response, causing our heart rate and blood pressure to go up and hormones like adrenaline and cortisol to surge into our bloodstream. Over time, stress also depletes nutrients our bodies need to function at our best, including B-vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium. And that leaves us feeling wiped out,” explains Eagle Natural Health naturopath Teneille Newton. Sound familiar? If you’re feeling the squeeze, here’s Newton’s fail safe plan to stay afloat.
Cut the caffeine
“It sounds counter-productive, but your coffee may actually be making you more tired. Research indicates having caffeine even six hours before bedtime can disrupt sleep – meaning you may wake up tired, craving a coffee – continuing the cycle. Cutting caffeine, particularly in the afternoon will help you sleep more deeply, and keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Getting better quality sleep is also one of the best ways to help reduce stress levels.”
Go for H2O
“Dehydration results in fatigue and takes away vital energy required for regular body functions. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling alert and awake and feeling energised. Staying hydrated will also help you digest food, resist unhealthy foods, and help you to avoid headaches.”
“Meditation is a calming activity that can help minimise stress, improve sleep quality, and fight fatigue. Practicing meditation, mindfulness, or yoga can help to relax the mind and release stress from your day, and prepare yourself for a restful sleep. If you’re not one to roll out the mat or play calming rain forest sounds with your eyes closed, studies have shown spending time with friends and family, and listening to music is also beneficial.”
Bring in the experts
“If you struggle to always live up to your healthy eating goals or believe you are eating well but still feel fatigued, seek advice from a qualified health practitioner. They’ll be able to provide you with personalised advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements which may be appropriate for you.”