So Let’s talk about ways to help double your energy…. With fatigue being a common complaint heard by Dr, it would help if we learn to manage potential fatigue. And whilst its impossible to function at top speed from dawn till dusk, you can replenish yourself with the following simple strategies. These strategies address three types of energy, those being physical, emotional and mental …
So let’s look at physical energy
Think of your physical energy as your super source as it provides the foundation of all other dimensions of energy. If your physical needs are not being met, you are hungry or tired, or haven’t moved your body for a while, then you are not going to function at your best. So although it seems counter intuitive, getting up and moving around when you hit that midday or mid-afternoon slump, is often the best way to recharge. Research has shown that a brisk 20-minute walk provides an energy lift for up to 3 hours. As you move, you’re supplying your brain and body with revitalizing oxygen and triggering the release of brain chemicals, like endorphins and dopamine. Plus, the more you move, the more energy you’ll have to stay active.
Then there is your emotional energy
Emotions like happiness and love can lift us up, while others like sadness and worry create apathy and sap our energy. With a few of the simple strategies, you can tip the balance toward positive feelings so you can tap into their power throughout the day. Find purpose in what you do. When you’re motivated to do something because you find it meaningful, you’re more energetic and engaged rather than doing it only because you have to. Shift your mindset around what you are doing. Surround yourself with positive people. They’re the ones who encourage you to grow, listen to you, make you laugh, and want what’s best for you.
Stress also zaps your energy. When your body and mind is stressed, your nervous system is revved up and it churns out cortisol, and you burn more energy than when you are calm. Stress makes you irritable, which makes you more likely to see things in a negative light, it can also cause tension with loved ones, and may leave you feeling worn out. An Instant stress reducer is to Close your eyes, slow your breathing, take a deep breath in for the count of 4 and release it to the count of 6. Keep doing that till you can feel yourself calming down.
The third one is your mental energy
Sometimes we need to just give our brain a break! The brain uses more energy than any other organ does. Whether you’re doing your work or doing a crossword puzzle, nerve cells are relaying electrical signals which are using up a surprising amount of energy. Mental tasks burn glucose and oxygen just like physical ones do so the more deeply you concentrate, the more quickly you deplete energy. Our brains flow naturally through cycles of high to low alertness every 90mins, so you should try to get up from where you are, go for a walk, or if you are at work, get up and get a tea or coffee, just take a break from what you are concentrating on.
Another thing, make sure your work life and your home life are separate. I know in times of Covid its difficult as a lot of people are now working from home, but then that’s even more important to make sure you switch off your work at a specific time of day, and not think about it or deal with it until the next day when you are due back. It is important to try to restore the energy that we have used during the day.
So those are just some simple ideas of tackling potential fatigue or rather preventing potential fatigue. If you often feel tired its often worth taking a look at your lifestyle and seeing what healthy changes you can make to boost your energy levels. Don’t wait till you need to visit the Dr for more intense treatments, give yourself a fighting chance…
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