We don’t need any fancy facts and figures to know that most Americans are tired and low on energy. But we’ve got them anyway. The sheer volume of energy-boosting drinks we consume in the US every day is more than enough proof that we’ve got a serious fatigue problem on our hands as a nation.
Here’s how we’re coping:
Energy Drinks—energy drink companies sold 33.8 billion gallons of beverages in the US in 2018.
Coffee—Americans currently consume more coffee than any other nation in the world, gulping down around 146 billion cups of coffee per year.
That’s a cry for help if there ever was one.
If you’re tired (no pun intended) of feeling sluggish and ready to stop spending your hard-earned money on outside sources to help you rise to the occasion of everyday life, you’ll want to check out these 7 natural energy-boosting solutions that’ll save you money and give you the all-natural energy boost you need and deserve.
1. Get Moving
Getting motivated to work out when you’re already tired probably sounds like a nightmare, but get this: a quick bout of physical activity might be exactly what you need to invigorate yourself and get going!
It doesn’t have to be extreme exercise, it just has to get you moving.
Here’s how to exercise for more energy:
To harness the energy-inducing benefit of exercise, get 20 minutes of low to moderate exercise that gets your heart pumping. This could be as simple as taking a brisk walk.
Increasing your heart rate gets blood moving, which provides muscles and cells with the oxygen and nutrition they need to generate more of your body’s natural energy-producing chemicals.
Bonus: exercise will help you sleep better at night too, which will help fight off future bouts of fatigue and improve your overall health.
2. Laugh More
Laughing gives you energy! It may not immediately alter your brain chemistry the way caffeine can, but it does release endorphins and stress-reducing hormones that help improve your mood and boost your resilience.
Find a friend and giggle over some old college stories, read the funny pages, or even go see a comedy show. Lighten up and let loose. You just might find your energy levels follow suit.
3. Keep it Positive
If you’re surrounded by negative people, you’re more likely to suffer from stress and fatigue. Studies show that your body’s response to stress can leave you feeling drained after a negative encounter. Negative people can make your stress levels go up, so it’s important to surround yourself with positive people who don’t make you tired.
Here’s how to positively charge your mindset:
Find something to appreciate. Legendary spiritual guide and self-help guru Gabby Bernstein teaches how to raise your vibration in her latest book Super Attractor. It’s all about good feeling emotions. Turns out the key to moving from negative emotions to positive ones is as simple as finding a small thing you can appreciate in your life. The domino effect that results will have you feeling low-stress in no time.
4. Nap Like You Mean It
Napping might seem like a waste of time if you’re short on energy and long on your list of to-do. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, a short 20-30 minute nap can rejuvenate your system enough to make you more alert and improve your performance.
There’s a common misconception that relaxing in the middle of the day is lazy, but that’s far from the truth. Napping is a quick way to reset your energy levels and give you a boost to get through the rest of your day naturally.
Here’s how to nap like you mean it:
- Limit naps to no more than 30 minutes
- Avoid a large meal before you lie down to prevent digestive issues
- Choose a space that is quiet and temperature regulated for maximum restorative rest
- Limit outside noises
- Optimize your bed for comfort and support
- Avoid napping too late in the day
Water is low cost and worth its weight in gold when it comes to fueling your body naturally. It helps prevent hydration and can even boost your energy.
In addition to getting plenty of energizing fluids every day, try to stay away from food and drinks that cause dehydration. Caffeine and alcohol are notoriously good at sucking the water right out of your body, so next time you feel like you need a drink, try making it a good ol’ glass of water and see how you feel.
You don’t need expensive energy drinks and triple shot mochas to keep you running all day. All you need to do is treat your body with respect, fuel it the way nature intended, and rest like a pro. Give yourself and your wallet a gift this year and get back to the basics of feeling good on your own terms.