At this time of the year, it’s normal to feel a bit tired and lethargic. The cooler and shorter days mean it’s hard to feel motivated to get to that early gym class or to go for a walk after supper. Well, the good news is that you can easily and naturally give yourself a daily energy boost or two that will help you through the fall and winter months.
Here are some ideas for easy ways that you can give your energy level a boost and get yourself feeling so much better.
Take that Walk
Remember that evening walk you used to do in the summer? Well, time to lace up your walking shoes and get outside. Just make sure you put on an extra layer or two and that you’ve got some reflective clothing on. While initially you’ll feel a bit cool, you’ll be surprised how quickly you warm up and start enjoying that cool evening hours. If it helps, make a walking date with your neighbor and enjoy a walk and a chat. By the time you get home you’ll find you’ve got some extra energy and pep in your step.
Do a Diet Check
What have you been eating lately? It’s normal at this time of the year to be drawn to hearty and comforting meals. The problem with eating a lot of this type of food is that you can start to feel a bit lethargic and tired. So do a quick check of your diet and make sure you’re getting in plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, that you’re hydrating properly and that you’re not skipping any meals. If you feel yourself lagging in the late afternoon, try eating 10 or 12 almonds with some fruit – this combination of protein and carbohydrates will give you the energy you need to finish up your work day and get home with plenty of energy to spare.
Water is your Friend
We touched on it above, but it’s vital that you’re drinking plenty of water. Most of us slip out of our water drinking habits in the fall, simply because we don’t feel warm and our sweat rate is reduced. But remember, even if you’re outside walking, running or skiing and your clothes are dry – you are still sweating. Aim for eight glasses of water a day and on days you’re exercising. Make sure you drink enough to replace sweat loss. Look for feelings of fatigue and see if drinking a couple glasses of water helps you feel better.
Take a Nap
A short nap of even 20 minutes will do wonders for your flagging energy levels. This short nap allows you to completely relax and not be worried or stressed by demands of your day. It’s also a way for you to take some much needed “me” time.
Make some plans
During the cooler and shorter fall and winter days, we often end up staying home and not going out. This can make the evenings and weekends feel rather long and boring. When this happens we don’t feel motivated to do anything and the next thing we know, we’ve sat in front of the television all day. To break out of this rut, make sure you’ve got some plans – coffee with a friend, a movie date, or that evening walk. Having an activity to look forward to will do wonders for your energy levels.
By incorporating one or all of these energy-boosting suggestions, you’ll reap numerous rewards. Not only will you have more energy but you’ll simply feel better overall. Visit our Facebook page and tell us your secrets for getting through the winter months and how you naturally boost your energy levels.