Feeling drained or fatigued? Boost your energy naturally

It’s 9 a.m., and you have things to do. So why do you feel like taking a nap? If your usual cups of coffee aren’t cutting it, you may need to look at other factors. 

Most of us love coffee – but some of us can’t or shouldn’t ingest caffeine or other stimulants. The following caffeine-free tips for boosting your energy are also great habits for a healthier lifestyle.

Check your nutrition and hydrate

If you’re feeling the mid-morning or afternoon slump, chances are you might need a snack or water. Obvious, right? For most of us, it isn’t. Keep water and some power snacks on hand, specifically foods with protein, fat and fiber.

Get some sleep

Most adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep. Be honest with yourself – are you really getting your full quota? To get the most out of this important time, set a bedtime routine, limit screen time and go to bed at around the same time every night.

Stay active

This may seem counterintuitive, but slowly increasing your physical activity can have a cumulative effect on your overall energy levels. According to a Johns Hopkins article, you only need about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise to see a difference in the quality of your sleep.

Reduce stress

People of all ages can feel stress and anxiety, which can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Relaxing activities, like meditating, reading a book or knitting are great for reducing tension and increasing energy levels.

Take your vitamins

Even if you eat a balanced diet, you may be missing a vitamin or mineral. A daily multivitamin could be the key to alleviating your low energy levels. Some pregnant women may experience iron-deficiency anemia, which can be treated with a supplement.

Natural energy boosters are great ways to beat fatigue. However, excessive fatigue could be a result of a serious medical condition like depression, sleep apnea, or chronic fatigue syndrome. If you have persistent low energy levels, be sure to contact your medical provider.