Everyone has felt the 2:00 pm slump before. You know, when you’re trying to power through the last few hours of the workday, but all you can think about is taking a nap. Feeling tired during the day is perfectly normal, but if you’re struggling to keep your eyes open on a regular basis, it could be a sign that you need to make some changes. Luckily, you can implement a few simple health strategies to improve your energy levels.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It helps us to break the fast and start our day properly fueled. This helps to avoid the sluggishness, fogginess, and the blahs that can accompany low blood sugar levels. Also, studies show that people who ate breakfast weighed less than those who do not.
2. Find effective ways to manage your stress levels
It doesn’t have to be about spending hours in the gym (unless you want to). Exercise is about movement and activity and challenging yourself to become fitter every day- make it creative, make it interactive. Do you have a fit program system at home? If you do, then do it with your partner, your children, or a friend. Not only will you reap the benefit of exercise it is also loads of fun.
The key, find something that you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it. Sometimes if you are significantly fatigued, too much exercise can deplete rather than restore energy so go at your pace. You may even want to talk to your doctor about graded exercise therapy and working with a professional such as a physical therapist.
4. Get a good night’s sleep. In fact, get several.
Lack of sleep makes us less productive, unable to think clearly, and make poor choices. This then escalates our stress levels. Too little sleep can increase our levels of the hunger hormone Ghrelin thus making us crave sweets and refined carbohydrates and in a season where they are available on every desk or countertop, you have lost the battle.
If at risk for issues such as sleep apnea get evaluated so that can be treated. Retrain your brain and habits. Turn off lights, TV, and computers. Create routines. Keep the bedroom for sleeping not to catch up on everything you did not complete that day.
P.S. There are many disease processes, disorders, conditions, and lifestyle choices that can contribute to fatigue. Therefore, persistent symptoms of fatigue should warrant a visit with your doctor.
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