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How to Re-Energize Yourself When You Feel Tired

Updated on August 26, 2013

When You Are Tired

When you are tired, that often does not mean you can just bow out from your day! Likely you have several tasks to be completed and also do not want to sleep through your day. When you need to re-energize yourself, there are many options. These techniques do not require money and will help you feel more uplifted and encouraged to continue your day!

Caffeine, At a Limited Dosage

Caffeine can temporarily re-energize you while you work.
Caffeine can temporarily re-energize you while you work. | Source

Caffeine as A Way to Re-energize

Consuming caffeine is one way to re-energize yourself when you feel tired. Please note: Caffeine in moderation is a good thing, while in excess levels it can be detrimental to your health.

Caffeine is in coffee, soft drinks and chocolate, amongst many other consumable products. Caffeine increases the amount of dopamine in the body, which is a feel-good hormone. Caffeine may inhibit adenosine, which is a hormone that calms the body.

The result is that you feel less tired and more alert to get through your day.

As well as feeling more energized, caffeine can help you focus better on the tasks at hand too. Caffeine kicks in quickly and can stay in the system up to six hours on average.

As earlier mentioned, keep caffeine in moderation. More than two cups of caffeine a day can actually heighten your reaction to stress and cause you to feel even more fatigued.

Walking Boosts Energy Levels

Go for that walk to energize yourself!
Go for that walk to energize yourself! | Source

Exercise When You Feel Tired

Another option is to exercise! While this activity may be the last thing you are interested in, it is one of the best ways to re-energize yourself. You do not have to run a marathon; a twenty minute walk at a brisk pace is a quick way to alleviate your tired feelings.

The advantage of exercise over caffeine is that its effects are longer lasting in elevating your energy levels. If you go for a walk each morning, you are more likely to keep consistently high levels of energy throughout the days. WebMD explains that "exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue."

Use the exercise method that best suits your preferences. You will be less motivated to attend the gym if you prefer to exercise outdoors. Use a fitness method you enjoy in order to increase your drive to engage in the activity; your amount of focus increases and your feelings of being tired decrease.

(Note: Consult your doctor prior to engaging in a new exercise routine. Each person's medical history and fitness level needs to be taken into consideration.)

Eat Healthy Food to Re-energize Yourself

One reason that you may feel tired is that you have not eaten in the last few hours. You also may be fatigued because you have been eating foods that zap your body of energy.

There is a relationship between the food you eat and your energy level.

When you feel drowsy, try a snack of berries. They contain anthocyanins, which are energy-boosting antioxidants. There are so many kinds of berries and they taste delicious too!

Some great berries for energy are:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Eat regularly to avoid feeling weak and drowsy. For optimal energy, Wellness Junction suggests eating three meals a day plus two "power snacks" to maintain blood sugar levels and keep hunger at bay.

When You Feel Tired: Stop

Stop and take a break.
Stop and take a break. | Source

Take a Break

These methods are all pointing at a central concept: when you feel tired you need to take a break. Use the break to exercise or grab a healthy snack. The point is to change the environment around you as a way to re-energize yourself.

You may feel tired because you have been looking at the computer screen continuously for several minutes or perhaps because you have not recently moved your sitting position.

By changing your scenery, simply by leaving the room you are in, your body has new stimuli to take in and interact with. Your body gets moving, which increases blood circulation and elevates your mood and energy level.

You also may feel tired because you are bored. By engaging in an activity such as exercise, you focus on a new activity and become more motivated. Your energy levels rise both during and after the exercises.

You and Your Day

There are many ways to re-energize yourself when you feel tired during your day. Try going for a walk as a way to use exercise to increase your energy levels. Take a break from looking at the computer screen to grab a snack of strawberries. You can have a cup of caffeine as well as a short-term fix to re-energize yourself. Make the most of your day by feeling less tired and more upbeat!

What Time Of Day Do You Usually Feel Most Tired?

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Those are great activities, Thelma! I find being out in the sunshine very helpful on days it appears :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Great tips. I energize myself by taking a cup of tea while listening to a nice music. Then walking at the beach when I´m at my home country. Good suggestions Christy. Thanks;-)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good point Shrikrishnap about drinking water. Hydration is important. Glad you enjoy the hub!

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 

      5 years ago from Bangalore

      Yes everyone wants to be fresh all the time. These are really nice tips to get re-energized. I use little bit of breathing & meditation techniques & drinking more water helps me a lot.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Glad to educate when I can Dontei!

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      5 years ago

      I was unaware that caffeine negatively influenced adenosine levels. Thanks for all the great advice. I learned something new from your hub!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Annette for the comment and share! I have cut back on my caffeine and now find that stretches or a walk can substitute it when I am tired. Enjoy your walks too :)

    • Annette R. Smith profile image

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Great suggestions, Christy. When I find my energy level waning, a short walk through my neighborhood does wonders. I drink too much caffeine for my own good, though. I'm sure it works against me!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Michelle. Your support is great, and thanks for sharing on Facebook as well!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      You've got a knack for giving great advice, Christy! Voted up!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Eric. Some days can certainly be like that, I hope today is a more energy-filled one for you.

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      6 years ago from Fulham, UK

      Great tips, think I'll try them all at once because I can really use an energy boost right about now.. Great hub :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc, my problem with naps is that I often can't sleep that night after sleeping during the day! Take care my friend.

      @Sharmav, those are great ways to both stay energized and get exercise. You are making the most of your days too! Thanks for the comment.

      @Suzanne, Thanks for stopping by to read, I appreciate it! I'm honoured that you also linked to my hub, how nice!

      @Teaches, I debated adding in the caffeine section and then thought it needed to be included here. I'm glad you are exercising and staying healthy! Thank-you for taking time to read my hub.

      @Bill, I will get you exercising one of these days with my motivational hubs :) You are an early riser!

      @Debbie, You are healthy and I am happy for you! Thank-you for the kind words and vote.

      @Lynn, Thank-you!

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I usually take a nap when i am tired - one of the benefits of being disabled! (though, i would much rather be working and tired!)

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      Vivek Sharma 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Throughout summer I bike 10 km to work. I have caught myself yawning whenever I drive to work whereas biking keeps me fresh, engaged, energised and in great mood. I go to walk at 10 am and 3 pm for 10 mins each. I take my lunch break away from desk unlike most of the office people.

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      6 years ago from Texas

      Great information! Voted up, useful and linked! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Christy, I didn't believe exercise increased energy levels until I started to workout. What a difference. I am glad you included the caffeine fact. In moderation, it is good for you. Great advice and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hit my mental wall about three p.m. and my mind just shuts down in the writing process. Of course, by then I've been writing for eight hours so that makes sense.

      Good suggestions, especially for me the exercise item.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      before I started walking Evey morning.. I could hardly wake up and then I couldn't stay awake.. but my walking and drinking lots of water and eating fruit.. and an apple is better than any caffeine..

      great hub

      voted up


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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      6 years ago

      All great tips and wonderful advice.


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