Picture this. It’s 3 p.m., and you’re at your desk (or kitchen table-turned-desk) when that all-too-familiar afternoon slump strikes and your energy level (and motivation) dips. What’s a health-conscious person to do? These simple everyday lifestyle hacks can give you a new lease on life.
Your mother told you to eat all your veggies, and she was right. Not a fan of raw carrots and celery? No worries. Drinking your veggies is easier on your digestive system, plus it maintains all the essential nutrients your body needs to ward off sickness and disease. Make a homemade juice concoction to start your morning off on a healthy note or to conquer that afternoon slump.
Kick the Habit
While caffeine consumption isn’t inherently bad, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Yes, we’re talking about unpleasant side effects, such as anxiety, digestive issues, and fatigue. There are more sustainable ways to boost your afternoon energy that won’t mess with your circadian rhythm, like a quick workout.
Watch the Refined Carbs
Carbohydrates, especially in their simple forms, provide a quick source of energy. But once your body burns through them, you might experience an energy crash. Instead, opt for low-glycemic foods. Complex carbs like nuts, legumes, brown rice, and oats keep your blood sugar regulated and help you feel full longer.
The nose knows! Scent can be powerful medicine; research shows it can positively affect cognition, mood, and social behavior. Did you know certain aromas can give you a boost? Essential oils such as citrus, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus naturally energize us. You can place a few drops in a diffuser and enjoy or just keep a bottle at your desk to sniff when you need a lift.
Strike a Balance
Have you been burning the candle at both ends? Something’s gotta give! Don’t let it be your health. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed, it helps to identify, evaluate, and prioritize your tasks and ask for help when needed.
One important reminder. If you experience chronic bouts of low energy, it might be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as adrenal fatigue. If you have concerns about your health, don’t delay making an appointment with your medical provider. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.