What can I do to have higher energy levels during the day?

BY THE OFFICE COACH - JULY 22, 2016

Energy is essential in our high-speed world. And, your question isn’t an unfamiliar one. I am a high-energy person, but I haven’t always been so. In recent years, I have been very conscience about managing my energy levels: I did a lot of reading, educated myself and experimented to find how I could recharge my batteries.

As we’re all different, one solution doesn’t work for all so find what suits you – but here are some ways I recharge my batteries while I am on the go:

Exercise daily. This is one of the most important things you can do to start feeling more energetic. You probably think, “I’m tired now. If I exercise, I will be even more tired.” Wrong! Regular exercise boosts your energy more than anything else you can do. It stimulates your heart and oxygenates your blood - this directly increases your energy level.

Eat high-energy foods. The main things to avoid are fast-burning carbohydrates: white potatoes, white rice, and white bread. Your body turns these quickly into sugar for a short ‘boost’. Instead, eat slow-burning carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, and wheat bread. I also eat frequent, smaller meals that keep my metabolism up and my energy on an even keel.

Avoid energy-zapping people. Let’s be honest, some relationships are toxic – we have all come across people who are negative and a huge drain on our energy. Others are so positive; you get energised just being around them.

Surround yourself with enough positive people so you can keep your energy level up, and be that person who has the same effect on others.  

Drink lots of water. You will especially notice the difference if you cut out fizzy drinks. It may take you a few days to notice the difference, but getting sugar out of your system and putting water in will even-out your energy.

Up the B’s. One of the most important nutrient groups to really give you an energy boost is the vitamin B, plus, it supports the central nervous system during times of stress.

To up your intake of B vitamins, consume lots of green vegetables as well as brown rice and eggs. Or, you can take a supplement, but be sure to make it a B complex rather than taking B vitamins in isolation, as they all rely on each other.

Take a time-out. Research has shown that both information overload and pushing our brains too hard can zap energy. It's important to take time out to be still (not unlike Isaac Newton sitting under that apple tree). Having time to think freely, to prioritise and plan can do wonders for recharging depleted energy levels. 

I hope these help – as I said, experiment and see what suits your lifestyle!

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