4 Ways To Naturally Boost Energy
By Caitriona Potter
Post-pandemic, many people have reported experiences of burnout and fatigue. Fatigue can occur when your natural resources are drained due to high stress and low amounts of relaxation. We have compiled our top tips on how you can naturally increase your energy levels, without relying on temporary highs such as caffeine or adrenaline.
Sleep is the body’s natural healer. It is recommended to get 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night. A good night’s sleep begins in the morning. Try to get some early daylight exposure to wake up your body. This will kick start digestion, energy and will help balance hormones. In the hours leading up to bedtime, stay away from screens such as tv and phones, which emit blue light. Supplementing magnesium 1-2 hours before bed also aids deeper sleep and relaxation.
2. Healthy diet
Diet is our primary source of energy. Fuel your body with a nutrient rich diet that includes adequate amounts of fibre, protein and fats. If hormones are imbalanced, due to stress or lack of nutrition, you may feel anxious and restless, which drains energy. Support your diet with 2 to 3 litres of water daily.
3. Social connection
Social connection and purpose are drivers for our energy and overall sense of wellbeing. If your job is not your life’s purpose right now, try to set aside time for hobbies you enjoy. Spending time in a flow state is vital for mental health and boosting those feel-good hormones. Spend time with people who enrich your life to maintain your energy and drive.
Supplements are a great addition to a healthful diet. B vitamins get drained by the body in times of stress, so supplementing a good B complex will replenish your energy levels and help you feel less stressed. In addition, vitamin D is vital for immune function and energy. In Ireland we don’t get adequate levels from the sun, so a supplement is recommended for the majority. Low levels of vitamin D can also contribute to poor mental health and low energy.
Energy can be both drained and replenished by many different facets in life. It is important to maintain regular self- care and learn to support your body holistically, to prevent burnout and chronic stress. Sleep, diet and connections are directly linked to our energy levels and when we focus on these, our health and energy steadily improves.