Truth time. On most days, I’m fuelled by caffeine.
I wake up at 4:15, I run around during the day checking things off my to-do list, and then I crash into bed around 10:30 or 11:00. The next day, I begin it all again.
While I objectively understand our need for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and I recognize the health benefits – both physical and mental – for getting enough rest, I still struggle to listen to my own advice.
And what do I get in return? A foggy brain, a short temper, and I’m always hungry. 🙄
With our increasingly busy lives at both work and at home, we face more demands on our time than ever. You don’t need me to tell you that this kind of strain takes a serious toll on our energy levels, which leaves us tired, irritable, and overwhelmed.
Can you relate? Do you find yourself ever running on “E”? Are your afternoons powered by caffeine? 🙋
If so, then I’d love for you to join me on my journey to start naturally recharging our batteries. 🙌
Yep, it’s time to put down that extra cup of coffee and give these five simple strategies a try. Find which one(s) work for you, and then let me know how it goes below! 👇
Boost Your Energy Naturally With These 5 Simple Strategies
1) Sleep and Energy Levels
As I mentioned above, getting enough sleep is a given. Of course, we need enough rest, right? 💁
But understanding the importance of sleep and actually practicing your ideal bedtime routine are two entirely different things.
It’s true that the amount of sleep we need varies from person to person, but for most of us, the optimal amount is about 8 hours. So if you want to boost your energy naturally, then decide what time you need to wake up, count back 8.5 hours, and set an alarm for your bedtime. When the alarm goes off, it’s time to get ready for bed. No excuses.
If you struggle to get enough sleep, or if you’re looking for extra tips to get to bed on time, then check out my favorite sleep strategies below!
2) Exercise and Stamina
I know, this one seems a bit counter-intuitive, but hear me out.
Believe it or not, exercise does not simply tire you out. In fact, according to Everyday Health, getting regular exercise can profoundly increase your energy levels.
How, you ask? By engaging in regular exercise, you improve your physical fitness, which also increases your stamina. And stamina, my friend, is exactly what you need. Because with increased stamina, you can power through your day with energy to spare.
💪Are you looking for strategies to stick with your fitness goals? Then be sure to check out my top tips for establishing and following your fitness goals here!
3) Don’t Skip Meals
One of the best ways to naturally boost your energy levels is to eat regular meals.
As you know, your body gets its energy from the food you eat. Therefore, if you start skipping meals, or if you find yourself grazing on empty calories throughout the day, you’re not filling your body with the nutrients it needs. And surprise! Your energy levels quickly dissipate. (Hello, afternoon slump!) So do your best to eat regular, balanced meals throughout the day to keep those energy levels up.
4) Banish Unhealthy Stress:
While stress is a completely normal experience, and we all deal with it at different times in our lives, it’s also important to note that not all stress is created equal. Yep, there are two different types of stress: Eustress (good) and Distress (bad). Today I want to talk about banishing distress as much as possible.
You see, experiencing regular distress can drastically decrease your energy levels, which makes it incredibly challenging to stay focused. By finding ways to reduce the stress in your life, you will not only feel better emotionally, but you’ll also experience a boost in energy levels.
One of my favorite stress-busting activities is exercise. When we engage in physical activity, our body releases happiness boosting endorphins and pushes away the energy-sucking stress. My other favorite stress-busting strategy is to simply make a to-do list before bed of the upcoming tasks I need to complete. This helps me clear my mind of unnecessary worries because I can reassure myself that I’ve already written the task down, and I will not forget about it.
🙌Want to learn more stress-busting strategies? Check out my post, The Five Leading Causes of Stress and How to Handle Them here!
5) Practice Self-Care and Downtime
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of self-care. Why? Because I firmly believe that it’s the key to a healthy and balanced life.
As women, we put ourselves on the backburner far too often while we tend to other people’s needs.
If we want to keep our energy levels high, however, and live each day to its fullest, we need to find time to recharge. And self-care is how to do that.
So take time every day (yes, every day) to practice self-care. Allow yourself time to rest so you can continue performing at your peak.
And there you have it, friends. 5 natural ways to boost your energy. Are you ready to take the challenge with me? Great! Then download this free 12-month habit tracker; you can track your progress, figure out what strategies work best for you, and watch your energy levels soar.
Do you struggle with energy levels? Are you a caffeine addict? What are your strategies to boost your energy naturally? Let me know below!