Energy Boost! 7 Natural Tips
Suffering from that 2 pm crash, or collapsing on the couch after work? Need an energy boost? There are ways to increase your energy that don’t involve living off of coffee, energy drinks, or napping under your desk!
For years, I struggled with trying to shake off the daily after-lunch food coma as I sat at my desk, desperately attempting to regain focus. Then the dreaded mid-day crash would hit, causing the words on my computer screen to blur together. I left work each day SO tired that I had to snooze in the parking lot to revive myself before driving home!
A few years ago, I tweaked a few habits—the hardest to implement was going to bed earlier—and I felt like a new human being! I had abundant energy, even in the afternoon. I no longer relied on cat naps to get me through the day. And I actually began getting the URGE to work up a sweat, instead of feeling obligated to check a workout off my list.
If your days revolve around that next cup of coffee, or needing to fit in a power nap to function, then it’s time to make a change!
Here are my favorite ways to naturally channel the Energizer Bunny! Incorporate a few into your daily routine for an energy boost, or add them all all to feel like you’ve swallowed an energetic rainbow!
1. Break A Sweat!
Exercise strengthens circulation and the heart muscle, activates the lymphatic (waste removal) system, and is one of the best ways to increase energy. Feeling too tired to hit the gym? Find an accountability partner, sign up for a prepaid class, or join a meetup group. You will thank yourself after!
Tip: I love Kayla BBG workouts (only 28 minutes)! You can do them from your home or hotel room with just the weight of your body. Working out in the morning allows you to check it off your list first thing. Plus, it motivates you to make healthier decisions all day long!
2. Catch Your Zzzzs
Aim for 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night. Keep in mind, the hours between 10 pm to 2 am are vital for regulating for the body’s circadian rhythm! So, turn off the TV and get your beauty rest!
Tip: Create an alarm on your phone that reminds you when to start your bedtime routine!
3. Drink Up!
Stay hydrated. Make it a goal to drink a minimum of 50% of your body weight in ounces of water per day. But don’t stop there. The more the better, especially if you workout or live in a warmer climate. When you’re feeling low on energy, drink 20 ounces of water before turning to caffeine. And for a little extra pep in your step, add a squeeze of lemon or an ounce of apple cider vinegar.
Tip: Apps like IHydrate and My Water can help keep you mindful of your liquid intake, and even offer accountability with friends!
4. Embrace Herbal Healing
Adaptogenic herbs are nature’s answer to tension. These healing plants restore the the body’s inborn ability to handle stress. They help you feel calm, more energetic, and focused! Try ashwagandha, rhodiola, ginseng, or eleuthero for a host of benefits that include increased energy, mental clarity and performance.
Tip: My absolute go-to for adaptogens is a non-caffeinated blend that tastes just like apple cider. I refer to it as liquid gold, and it’s actually a revered part of my morning routine! Snag your own cup of gold!
5. Take Your Vitamin
B12 that is! It’s the energy boost vitamin, and makes blood cells do a happy dance! If you’re deficient, low energy is a sign. For vegans, make sure you’re taking a B12 supplement, as most B12-rich foods come from animal products.
Tip: While you can absolutely purchase organic B12 sprays or lozenges, I prefer to simplify steps. Less to do, less to forget! My liquid gold morning beverage has adaptogens AND B12 (plus its other super booster buddies: B1, B2, B3, and B6)! Load up on all the goodness. It’s worth its weight in gold! I use a canister for my morning tea, and love the individual packs for tossing in my purse when I’m traveling!
6. Tea Up!
Replace coffee with green tea, considered the “anti-aging” drink of choice! Additional benefits include: powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals (which cause cell damage), cancer prevention properties, lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and inflammation, and improved memory! It can even help reduce appetite!
Tip: Choose organic! And try matcha, which is finely ground green tea, for added nutrients! Black tea is more highly processed than green, and can be as toxic as coffee, so go green!
7. Go Alfresco.
Supercharge the body with a dose of fresh air and vitamin D, by taking your lunch outdoors, going on a short walk, or basking in the sunlight for a few moments. Even just five minutes outside can do wonders, especially if you spend most days under fluorescent lights and pent up in a cubicle.
Tip: Park your car further when going to work, the store or the gym, and enjoy the walk in. Breathe in the fresh air, get some steps in, and skip time wasted circling the parking lot for an open spot!
Making an investment, in healthy ways, to increase your energy will pay off in every area of your life. From your productivity, to your ability to be present in the moment. Plus, the short-term loan that over caffeinating causes is never worth the debt on your adrenals and long-term health!
Love & adaptogens,
P.S. Still need some extra pep in your step? If you’re going to reach for a cup of Joe, make sure it’s a healthy one!