5. Hydrate Properly
One of the most common causes of fatigue is chronic dehydration. People simply don’t drink enough WATER. They’ll drink coffee, cola, alcohol, and energy drinks (side note: energy drinks are terrible for your long-term health, please avoid them) but very little actual water.
After your kidneys have filtered out all the chemicals, caffeine, and sugar, there’s very little hydration left for your body.
So have a coffee in the morning if you have to, but after that switch to water for the rest of the day.
Some people find the taste of boring. But is it more boring to drink water or to spend your life on the sofa like some kind of human slug?
4. Eat Healthily and Sensibly
You’d think eating a big pizza laden with 1,000 calories would give you a ton of energy, right? WRONG! Eat a stodgy, calorie heavy meal like that and you’ll hit the couch and stay there for the rest of the evening. Your digestive system is delicate and when you make it work to hard the rest of your body will slow down to compensate.
Instead of gorging you should eat smaller meals containing more fruits and vegetables, cut down on red meat (which is difficult to digest), and sip on water between mouthfuls. This will ease the burden on your digestive system, increase your intake of important nutrients AND make you feel much more energetic throughout the day.
3. Exercise Regularly
It’s almost counter-intuitive that exercising gives you MORE energy but it’s true! How often do you see a gym regular looking like they’ve not slept for the last 24 hours? NEVER!
You don’t have to sign-up to an expensive gym to get the kind of exercise that will boost your energy levels either. Going for a 20 minute walk shortly after a meal will do you the world of good. It will improve digestion, get the blood flowing through your body, boost hormone levels, and get you a nice dose of vitamin D from Mr. Sun.
Even if you don’t have much spare time there’s still little routines you can do. Stop reading this article and do 10 squats, 10 push-ups, then 10 sit-ups. How long did that take? A couple of minutes at most! There’s always time to get some exercise in.
2. Sleep Well
Most people do not get enough sleep, and the sleep they do get is not of a high quality. One of the best things you can do for your energy levels is to start becoming a fascist about your sleep.
Go to bed at the same time every night (even weekends), and set an alarm about an hour before you go to bed. During this hour avoid all electronics and these overstimulate the brain and reduce quality of sleep. Wake up at the same time every morning too (again, even weekends).
Don’t let pets (or children, if possible) sleep in the same room as you. The noise and movement will disturb you throughout the night and wake you several times. This interrupts the sleep pattern, reduce sleep quality, which means you could wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed.
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1. Be Ruthless With Your Commitments
One of the reasons you may feel so tired is that you’ve taken too much on. It’s a process that starts slowly but can quickly father pace, especially if you have children and/or a hectic family life.
If you have any hobbies or activities that you persist with, even though you no longer enjoy them – CUT THEM OUT! Why continue to go bowling every Thursday night if you’ve become bored of the activity? You can use that time to wind down or pick up a new hobby. A change can be as good as a rest.
Learn how to say no to people. You are perfectly entitled to take some time to yourself now and again. Are you really obligated to drive your sister-in-law to the airport for the umpteenth time when she could just take a taxi? No, you are not. It may cause a little friction but people need to learn that you’re not a dogsbody.
You’d be surprised by just how much more time and energy you have when you cut down on your commitments. [/sociallocker]