With a seemingly never-ending list of errands, jobs, tasks and commitments, not forgetting the kids, your partner and everything else you have to take care of, it’s no wonder so many of us are flagging when it hits mid-afternoon. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink or drink another five cups of coffee to keep ourselves going, but what about more of a natural energy boost?
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1. Have a drink of water
If you’re going to drink anything to stay awake, try reaching for a a glass of water instead. Dehydration is a major cause of fatigue, it leaves you feeling drained and irritable. You don’t have to even follow the recommended 8 glasses a day rule, just drink as much and as often as you can so that way your body is hydrated, and your mind fog clears. If your thirst is quenched and your urine is light coloured then you’re doing it right. If you’re at the office then take a stroll to the water cooler – it’ll wake you up.
Providing you don’t have allergies, snacking on nuts will give you a much needed energy boost. Nus are full of energy, magnesium and folic acid which will keep your energy levels up. It’ll also keep you away from the vending machine! We recommend a handful of peanuts and/or almonds.
3. Get moving
If you’re feeling tired then the idea of doing any kind of exercise seems ludicrous. But in actual fact, exercising gets oxygen rich blood flowing to your heart, brain and cells giving you an instant pick me up. Try incorporating a workout into your daily routine, you don’t have to hit the gym hard – just a brisk walk around the building on your lunch break will have the same effect.
4. Vitamin D
With the colder and darker months of the year upon us, we all spend more time inside and don’t get as much vitamin D as we should. With that in mind, if the weather allows, head out for a stroll in the sunshine. It’ll not only give you an energy boost, but it’ll boost your mood, memory and can even help you take on new information. Perfect for that big meeting you’ve got after lunch.
5. Eat your breakfast
We’re not talking piles of pancakes and sugary cereal. Those who eat a balanced breakfast that’s high in fibre have more energy and in addition, their meal will stay with them longer, so they won’t get those 11am hunger pains that drain what little energy you have left. Try a big bowl of porridge, covered in your favourite toppings, peanut butter and banana toast or even a thick green smoothie filled with bananas, spinach and peanut butter that will help keep you going and give you a lot of a your five a day.