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5 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Mood Naturally
There are days when I wake up and I am ready to tackle anything that comes my way. Other days, I would rather lie under the blankets and sleep for the next 24 hours than wake up and do work. Like it or not, I usually have to push through that second feeling because I have far too much to do. I typically push through this feeling by drinking a cup of coffee or an energy drink and getting to work. However, I have noticed lately that I have been having headaches when I am not drinking coffee or energy drinks. I personally do not enjoy these headaches and I would much rather do something that has no withdrawal symptoms. If you can relate, here are 5 natural methods that you can use to boost your energy and mood.
1. Get Out and Get Some Sun
Believe it or not, the same golden disk that can give you miserable burns is also the same golden disk that produces the mood-boosting vitamin D. One reason why you may be feeling tired or sad could be due to the fact that you are not getting enough sun. It can be hard to get outside in our busy society but it is absolutely necessary for our health and wellbeing. If possible, aim to get at least 10 minutes of direct sunlight each day. Remember, this is only the bare minimum. It's great if you can squeeze in more! However, make sure that you are wearing sunscreen if you plan on staying in the sun for long periods of time.
2. Drink More Water
I know, this is something that everyone tells you to do but it's common advice for a reason. Being dehydrated can cause your body to work harder than it needs to do. If you're already tired from a long night, this means that you will feel too tired to function properly. You can battle this by making sure that you get enough water each day. How much is enough? It honestly depends on each individual but the general rule is about half of a gallon each day. Another way that you can use water to your advantage is by adding ice to it. This refreshing kick will provide a shock to your body and make you feel more alert!
3. Ditch the Junk Food and Grab a Healthy Snack
Sugar must be great for you when you are feeling tired and cranky, right? Well, no. Sugary foods such as chocolate and candy will give you a boost for a short time but they will also cause a crash in your system later that will cause you to reach for more junk. This cycle goes on and on until you feel so horrible that you know something needs to be changed. Instead of falling into this snack trap, get rid of the junk food and substitute it with healthy snacks that boost your energy and mood. For example, apples with peanut butter and trail mix are both brilliant snacks for when you are feeling tired and down. There are plenty more examples on the internet that you can use as well if you don't enjoy either of these examples.
4. Give Yourself a Break
Breaks are absolutely necessary if you want to perform well throughout the day. If you don't take breaks, your mind becomes more cluttered and you will have a harder time focusing and following through on tasks. I think that the biggest issue we have in our society is that we associate breaks with being lazy. Let me release you from that misconception. Breaks are absolutely necessary and taking them does not mean that you will get less work done. Now that we've moved past that, how often should you take breaks? One popular method is known as the Pomodoro technique and it consists of 25 minutes of focused work with a 5-minute break after. However, I'm not much of a fan because I can't get a task done in 25 minutes. If you're like me, you may want to work for 45 minutes to an hour and then take a 20-minute break.
5. Get Up and Move Around
It's not healthy to sit around all the time. In fact, it can have a huge impact on our health. When I say that you should get up and move around, it doesn't mean that you have to go to the gym. You can do something as simple as walking around and stretching or you could do some short exercises. No matter what your chosen activity is, aim to do it at least every 20 minutes for around one minute or so. Trust me, you will feel so much happier and pumped when you begin to move around constantly.
You don't need to turn to caffeinated drinks and other sources to feel good. There are plenty of healthy alternatives that will make you feel good without any negative side-effects. Use the tips above and you will feel golden in no time!