By Jessica Sepel – The Clean Life
It seems so many people these days are low in energy – probably because we live in a very fast-paced, stressful world. But when we tired for too long, it does more damage than just causing us to be sleepy or cranky. Our adrenals can collapse and send us into what’s called adrenal fatigue.
Here are my top tips to fight fatigue and feel more energised:
8 hours sleep. Every night, whenever you can. I truly believe if people consistently got 8 hours of sleep, many health problems would be solved.
Go into the SFZ. The Stress Free Zone is a must! Enjoy 10-30 minutes of solitude a day. Try going for a walk, reading a book, doing meditation, stretching or lying on the grass.
Give up refined carbs and sugar. They can mess with your blood sugar and crash your energy.
Eat protein. Have some protein at each meal to stabilise blood sugars and avoid blood sugar drops.
Take supplements. I recommend vitamin C, B complex and magnesium.
Test your levels. Check iron and thyroid levels, cortisol and your adrenal profile with a doctor.
Eat more greens. In your meals and added to smoothies and juices.
Eat iron-rich foods. Think dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts, chicken and meat.
Say no. Don’t be afraid to say no to people and situations when you need to.
Avoid too much caffeine. Limit to 1 cup per day. You may think more coffee will give you energy, but long term that can cause your adrenals more stress and exhaustion.
Physical exercise. As long as it’s not too high-intensity too often, movement is great to fight fatigue. It gets your blood pumping and the endorphins going, which are great mood and energy boosters.
Yoga. Practicing yoga does wonders for your mood and energy too. Vinyasa flow helps you connect with your body and is so rejuvenating.
Drink more water. Dehydration saps you of energy, so be sure you’re drinking 2 liters of water a day.
Eat well and more often. Have regular meals and snacks that are packed with nutrient-dense foods to keep your energy up.
Spend time with people who you love make you feel good. Love and passion are surefire ways to keep yourself feeling energised!
Do something each day that you love. At least one thing – bonus if you do more! There should be no shortage of things you love in your day, but even something small, like taking a walk or taking a few photographs, will rejuvenate you.
Have something to look forward to! Plan a bigger adventure, like a weekend trip, an art class or even just a night out on the town with your partner. Thinking about the event will boost your excitement and can keep you feeling positive
Get support. I am a huge proponent of professional support – from therapists to doctors to psychologists! Having someone to talk to about what’s stressing you out not only feels better, they can help you identify coping tools unique to you. I believe everyone can benefit from this kind of work.