Many people are dependent on coffee or caffeinated energy drinks to get through the day. They kick off the morning with a strong cup, and then keep it going whenever sluggishness kicks in. Of course, caffeine has its problems. It has been linked to negative side effects such as raised blood pressure, insomnia, and an increase in levels of anxiety. If you are dealing with particularly low energy and regular fatigue, it may be a good idea to see a naturopath in Burlington to check for potential thyroid problems. In the meantime, here are some tips for boosting your energy without caffeine.
Take a Walk
Many of us sit all day. Getting up an moving increases circulation and respiration. An added bonus is that fresh air and being outside has been shown to have many beneficial effects on health, so get outside if you can. Walk around the block a few times a day to enjoy the boost to your energy level.
5 Minute Meditation
Do some deep breathing and gently focus on the in-and-out flow of your breath. You don’t have to get all Zen on this one. Taking a moment to step away and give your brain a break increases your mental acuity and reduces stress, both of which will help you feel refreshed when you return to your work.
Coffee, tea, and sodas can dehydrate you, which leads to a feeling of drowsiness. Fight the temptation to grab more caffeine and drink a large glass of water.
Have a small snack that includes protein, a small amount of fat, and some whole grains, such as almond butter on a whole wheat cracker. This combination feeds your brain while offering a slow, sustained source of energy. Avoid those sugary snack bars as they will spike your glucose level and create a sugar crash later on.
Laughter has not only been shown to reduce stress, it also improves your energy level. So gather some coworkers and tell your best jokes!
Of course if you have regular problems fighting fatigue you should schedule an appointment with your health care professional. There are many causes and contributors to ongoing fatigue. If you want more information or a personalized plan to improve your energy and overall health, contact Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician.