As you say your goodbyes to 2018 and start planning for the New Year, you might be wondering how to increase your energy levels. It would certainly help you stick to your resolutions if you were more energized and motivated.
Here are a few tips to help you.
Sleep More Restfully
When you’re busy, one of the first things you probably sacrifice is your sleep, even before leisure activities. This can dramatically impact how much energy you have during the day. If you have trouble falling asleep but feel like you’re not getting enough, try creating a routine to wind down. At least 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep, stop staring at any electronic screens. Try reading instead. Better yet, get into the bath with your favorite book and try to relax.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
If the risk of disease and even death isn’t enough to convince you to avoid tobacco and alcohol, consider what they do to your energy levels. The tar from tobacco smoke reduces your lungs’ efficiency, which can lead to lower energy because of a lack of oxygen in the body. Alcohol is a depressant, so you might think that it can help you sleep more soundly. Unfortunately, alcohol is also a diuretic, which means that it makes you have to go to the bathroom more frequently. You can’t sleep soundly if you’re getting up in the middle of the night to urinate.
Move Around More
If learning how to increase your energy levels is on your mind, consider going for a bike ride! Tired or fatigued often? One of the last things you’ll probably feel like doing is going for a walk. But regular exercise actually gives you more energy in the long run. One study found that those who lead a sedentary lifestyle can experience a 65% decrease in feelings of fatigue just by participating in some low-intensity cycling.
Get the Nutrients You Need
If you want to know how to increase your energy levels, one of the first things you should do is take a look at your diet. Diets that are high in processed foods tend to lead to low energy levels and poor health. Good dietary habits, to contrast, are better at giving you lasting energy, not the rush-crash cycle that diets high in sugar offer.
In countries where people live the longest, one commonality stands out—the cultures are highly social and communal. Social connection is extremely important for mental and physical wellbeing. It can reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness, both of which can make you feel younger and more energized.
On the other hand, social isolation is a known contributing factor to fatigue, low energy, and depression, and as people age, they are more likely to be isolated.
If regaining your energy levels is important to you, consider going out more often with friends or joining a club or organization.
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