Our energy is the greatest marker of our health.
Have a quick check in with your energy today, are you a 5 out of 10 or perhaps an 8 out of 10 or maybe you are a 2 out of 10?
Whatever your energy is today lets looks at some quick and easy ways to increase your energy today by 5%.
1. Eat for energy
Food gives your body energy, but some foods zap our energy and make you feel tired. These are the “sometimes foods” we all love to eat. We get a quick boost of energy but end up feeling tired. While it’s true that your body converts all food into energy, there are certain foods you can eat that will produce more energy than others. Fuel your body with these slow burning energy wholefoods to help you feel awake, alert, and high-performing all day long — and they taste great, too!
Fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein sources, nuts (small amounts), natural yoghurt, oats and wholegrains.
2. Cut caffeine after 2pm
Caffeine can impact the quality and quantity of your sleep when you have it after 2pm, instead substitute with green tea. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine for an energy boost, but without the ‘jittery’ side effects of stronger caffeine.
Dehydration is one of the fastest ways to feel your physical and mental energy levels drop. Dehydration can affect your mood and ability to concentrate as well as your energy. Create a structure for yourself to avoid dehydration 1 litre before lunch and 1 litre before dinner to keep your energy levels up.
4. Bed by 10pm
From a Chinese Medicine perspective between 10pm-2am is the most restorative time for our sleep. Create your intentional ritual to unwind and get to bed by 10pm.
5. Technology time out
Switch off all devices one hour prior to sleep. Put all devices away in another room rather than keep them in the bedroom to discourage you from checking them during the night. An hour before bedtime, start dimming the room lights slowly to release melatonin.
These 5 tips will have you increasing your energy day by today and overtime you will feel your energy increasing to create a strong foundation for your wellbeing.