Here’s a problem that affects a LOT of people … a lack of energy!
(No wonder there are so many energy drinks on the market!)
I thought it would be helpful to list some things you can do to cut out a few sneaky drains on your energy.
Because the truth is, many every day habits can actually leave you feeling tired.
10 Things That Drain Your Energy
1. Not getting enough exercise. Not moving your body can make you want to move even LESS! Making time for exercise can get your blood pumping, improve your endurance, and boost your energy.
2. Eating processed and refined carbs. These might give you a quick shot of energy thanks to the blood sugar rush … but then you can crash. It’s much better to eat a mixed meal of protein, fats, and carbs with some fiber in them.
3. Not getting enough quality sleep. I am always talking about the importance of sleep, but bottom line: your body needs sleep to fully recover and recharge.
4. Food sensitivities. One side effect of eating foods that your body is sensitive to includes fatigue. If you think that you might have sensitivities, it’s worth checking with your doctor. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
5. Chronic overeating. A lot of people tend to blame a particular food for their tiredness but chronic overeating can really tank your energy AND high body fat levels can lead to inflammation. It’s like not seeing the forest for the trees.
6. Eating too LITTLE. Not getting enough fuel (i.e., food) can make you feel tired – and so can eating a poor-quality diet without enough nutrients.
7. Not getting enough protein. Studies show that eating protein boosts your metabolism, and scientists believe this may help prevent tiredness.
8. Drinking too little water. Studies show that being even a little dehydrated can make it harder to stay focused and leave you feeling drained.
9. Energy drinks (including coffee). Like refined carbs, these can send your energy up before crashing back down. Not only that but caffeine can take up to 8 hours to clear your system, making it harder to get a good night of sleep, adding to the energy drain.
10. Stress. Feeling constantly stressed can definitely deflate your energy, both mentally and emotionally. Just another reason it’s important to have (and follow!) a plan for managing stress.
11. Being in a negative environment. It’s possible to “catch” the moods of the people around you, but being aware of it can help lower your susceptibility, as can finding things that make you feel positive!
Bottom line … move your body … eat healthy whole foods … drink your water … and surround yourself with a positive environment … and your energy should quickly return!
If it doesn’t, it’s worth mentioning to your doctor to see if you have an underlying issue.
At Adele Frizzell LLC, we believe that your results are all connected – sleep, stress, nutrition, fitness, mindset, and more. This is why we take a holistic approach to our coaching.
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How do you recharge when you feel drained? A cup of tea? or a walk around the block? Share your go-to energy-filling routine in the comments below. You might give us some new ideas!