Sick & Tired of Being Tired? Top 7 Tips to Boost Energy & Fight Fatigue
Life requires energy. A lot of it. Energy is the most precious asset that creates everything in your life. It’s a currency that you invest or lose in every transaction of life, from doing the dishes and taking care of your kids, to following your dreams.
If you want to have a rich, fulfilling life, you’ve got to have the energy to make it happen. The problem is that many of us are struggling through life in a constant state of fatigue, which isn't normal. The default state of a human being is to be energised, it’s what we do in our day-to-day lives that detracts from our energy levels and makes us feel like crap.
So, how do we increase energy levels and fight fatigue? By removing energy drains and optimising your habits and lifestyle for more energy. Keep reading for 7 of my favourite hacks to skyrocket your energy.
Remove energy drains
Before you do anything else, you need to identify the areas in your life that are depleting your energy. It could be too much caffeine, alcohol, stress or carbs. Certain events, activities like watching the news, email, social media, and even certain people can disproportionately impact the way you feel. Wherever possible mercilessly cut these out of your life. Doing the other strategies without first addressing your energy drains is like trying to fill a bucket with gaping holes.
Exercise for energy
You’re probably inclined to think that if you’re tired, exercise is going to make you feel even worse, however, this isn’t the case. The body is designed to move. Exercise creates energy in your body by boosting blood flow and delivering oxygen, nutrients and vitamins to your muscles. Increased oxygen in your body translates to greater energy and clarity of mind.
You may feel too tired to exercise, but in the long run, it will make you feel a lot better. So, next time you want to reach for a coffee, opt for a 15-minute walk instead. The best kind of exercise to boost mitochondrial (the energy powerhouse) function of your cells is HIIT and strength training.
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Use food as fuel
Healthy eating habits go hand-in-hand with exercise, enabling the body to feel energised by supplying the necessary nutrients and minerals. My advice for those who want to fight fatigue and boost energy is when you’re fatigued, look at your last meal. Chances are you ate something that didn’t agree with you.
Certain foods like gluten, dairy and too many carbs can make you instantly tired. Eating high-protein and fat meals keeps your blood sugar steady, cravings at bay and provide steady energy throughout the day. Bingeing on sugar, refined and processed foods, however, sends your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride, leading to energy spikes and crashes, that ultimately leave you feeling like you could do with a midday siesta. I swear by my phat fuelled coffee made with MCT Keto Powder (I add some bovine collagen peptides and stevia too)
Get 7-9 hours of sleep
This might seem like a no-brainer, but good sleep is essential to everything, especially your energy levels. If your sleep isn’t on point, every other area of your life will suffer. Maintain a consistent sleeping schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time. Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary that you retreat to for rest and rejuvenation. Keep your room cool, dark, quiet and well ventilated to create the optimal environment for a restful sleep. Avoid work, stress and limit blue light exposure from technology at least a couple of hours before bed.
A busy mind getting in the way of peaceful sleep? Try my new nootropic supplement CALM, which contains L-Theanine, an incredible amino acid with numerous benefits for your brain and body. By balancing the hormones in your brain, l-theanine can make it easier for you to drift off peacefully to sleep and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
Soak up some sun
Light conveys information to the deepest levels of our biology. Each ray can be healing or damaging. Try this, instead of your usual morning coffee, go for a quick walk outside in the morning sunlight. Even on cloudy days, natural light is a healthy way to boost mitochondrial function and energy. Try getting at least 20 minutes of natural light every day.
Expose yourself to the cold
.Cold showers, so simple, yet so effective, are my all-time favourite energy-boosting hack. Just 5 minutes under a cold shower can wake you up for the day, boost your mood, and give you much-needed mental clarity. Turn your shower to its coldest setting at the end of your normal shower and build up to 3-5 minutes. The key is to breathe deeply and steadily and relax your mind. As you get accustomed to this new habit, you will be able to naturally relax as you go through the process.
Once you’ve got the fundamentals nailed, you can turn to cool productivity and energy-boosting substances known as nootropics. Nootropics are natural substances that can fire you up with the much-needed energy to smash it in life.
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