Do you find yourself hitting the 2pm wall? Feeling tired mid-morning when working from home? Kids are back in school, and you’re exhausted with this new routine?
If so, here are some tips and tricks you should try!
- Let in light:
- In the era of working from home, we all know those people carrying out their workweek from their garages, basements, or even the bathtub. Instead, try to place yourself in an area with natural light. Seeing the sun, according to studies, boosts energy levels. If you don’t have windows, bright lamps that mimic sunlight work too!
- Check Vitamin levels:
- According to a recent study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, 42% of US citizens are vitamin D deficient. Getting outside in the sunshine just 15 minutes per day will give yourself a natural energy boost. Bonus: You’ll also enjoying a change of scenery and get a burst of fresh air!
- Link to the article: https://www.cantonmercy.org/healthchat/42-percent-of-americans-are-vitamin-d-deficient/
- Get moving:
- Many view “movement as medicine”. Exercise causes your muscles to increase their number of mitochondria (the power plant of energy) and will supply your body with additional natural energy day in and day out. Taking a break every few hours for “intentional movement” should be incorporated into your daily routine.
- Change your Spotify playlist:
- Changing to upbeat, fast tempo music will generally boost your energy level. Singing or tapping along can increase your energy even more. Warm up those vocal cords!
- Create a sleep routine:
- On the most fundamental level, consistent bedtimes and wake times will guarantee that you get an optimal amount of sleep and stay energized throughout the day. It is very stressful on your body to only get a few hours of sleep and preform. Creating a bedtime “routine” the last hour or so of each day will help ensure you get your 8 hours per day!
- Follow a consistent eating schedule:
- Fueling your body with healthy and nutritious foods helps boost energy. Bariatric specialists encourage eating every 2-3 hours rather than skipping meals then gorging at dinner and bedtime. Spreading calories throughout the day helps fuel your activities and keep your energy levels high.
- Drink your water:
- Aim for 64 oz per of H2O per day. Water helps fight off lethargy and can influence metabolism.
- Watch a funny video:
- Laughing causes your body to release endorphins which makes you feel happier and more energetic. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, or search out YouTube videos with high comedic ratings!
Trying a few of these tips may give you the emotional and physical boost you are looking for. Taking a few extra moments for ourselves is always a good idea and can help improve our overall health.