Feeling tired? You’re not alone. Between navigating hectic schedules, long working hours, a lack of sleep, and finding the time to eat nutritious meals, we’ve all felt like we could use some more energy. Rather than relying on coffee for a pick-me-up, we’re turning to natural energy-boosting tips and tricks for a sustainable energy high.
Here are five easy hacks to naturally boost your energy levels.
1. Eat smart
Proper nutrition plays a key role in your energy levels. While the cooler weather can leave us more inclined to ditch smoothies and salads in favour of heavier, more calorific meals, this can often leave us feeling fatigued. Opting for a diet rich in complex, low-GI carbohydrates, good fats, and clean protein sources will help you keep your blood sugar levels balanced, providing you with long-lasting energy. Additionally, foods rich in B vitamins will aid in preventing fatigue and aiding with stress relief. Try incorporating nutritional yeast, brown rice, avocados, nuts and seeds, whole grains, legumes and beans, matcha tea, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet.
2. Stay bright
Natural light can be an effective energy booster and also helps boost your vitamin D levels, ward off seasonal depression, and improve your sleep quality. Ensure you get some sun when possible; even a half-hour walk outside in the sun can leave you feeling energised and recharged!
3. Sip on a matcha latte
Not only is matcha green tea rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, it’s also a potent source of L-theanine, an amino acid which works to increase attention and alertness, improve sleep quality, enhance reaction time, and promote feelings of calmness without making you feel drowsy! L-theanine works synergistically with the caffeine in matcha to provide you with calm, focused energy. Try our delicious dairy-free matcha latte recipe for an afternoon pick-me-up!
4. Move your body
In addition to the physical benefits, exercise releases endorphins in your body, helping reduce stress and improve your mood. Additionally, exercise aids in boosting your energy levels by allowing more oxygen to flow into the bloodstream and to the brain. Aim to exercise for at least half an hour a day (ideally in the sun!).
5. Sweet dreams
Inadequate sleep can leave you feeling tired and depleted the next day. Sleep is the period when the body repairs and detoxifies itself, and when the body releases hormones that regulate our energy and metabolism. Aim to get yourself into a good sleeping pattern by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day; this is crucial to preventing fatigue and boosting your energy levels.