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How to Re-Energize Yourself When You Feel Tired
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 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
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:
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
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!