Sometimes we all get sluggish at different points of the day. If your life doesn’t allow time for naps, learn how to find better energy throughout the day.
Start Off The Day Right
Even if you don’t go to the gym in the morning, it is a great idea to find a way to get your blood pumping to fire up your body. Tons of caffeine is not a great way to try to wake up, and it doesn’t always work. Getting up and breathing in the morning air, opening the blinds to see the sunlight, and just getting the blood pumping and moving is the best way to wake up.
Try to wake up early enough to do a mini exercise routine. If you like yoga, weight training, or jogging, try to do a short session of a blood-pumping activity you enjoy. If all else fails, fool around with your partner for 20 minutes before getting ready for work.
Starting off the day with a burst of light cardiovascular activity will wake up your mind and body in a way that no cup of coffee can do. Even if it is a five-minute walk around the block with your dog, your mind will be sharper and you will face the day with more energy.
Take Deep Breaths
To further wake up the cardiovascular system, try some deep, rapid breathing exercises. Wim Hof breathing is easy to do (check out any of several online tutorials on youTube), takes just a few minutes, and will allow your body to circulate an increased burst of oxygenated blood, which will aid you in waking up. Any time you feel sluggish or like you have brain drain, it’s worth trying Wim Hof breathing to see if it clears up your thinking and wakes you from a sluggish spell.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It’s sort of a tired suggestion, but it always remains to be a good idea to stay hydrated. We tend to drink too many sugary, high caffeine drinks that contain any number of strange chemicals in them. Flushing out the kidneys with water every day is extremely important to several essential bodily functions.
Drinking lots of water doesn’t keep you awake just because you need to take walks to the bathroom every 30 minutes. The way we live in modern life, with most people going through every day in a state of near dehydration or dehydration, because of poor dietary choices, drinking lots of alcohol and caffeine, taking illicit and prescription drugs that can contribute to dehydration, and more.
Cellular dehydration can tax the body in terrible ways, limiting the potential to feel energized and lowering cognitive performance. Being dehydrated leaves you with low energy production the entire day for the brain and the body, and you walk around mentally foggy and physically tired.
Stay Positive Throughout The Day
Keep a positive attitude and try hard to stay happy. This is easier said than done, of course, but knowing that keeping a positive attitude can help you stay awake, alert, and productive is one great reason to give it a shot.
Stay Active At Work And Beyond
If you can stay active, even if you have a sit-down job, you will be more successful in staying alert all day. Try doing short sets of squats in an unobtrusive area at work for 5 minutes. If you can work standing up to stay productive, Stand up desks are becoming more popular because of their ability to keep the mind and body active through long, intense workdays.
Prioritize your sleep. Make sure you get enough sleep, and you can make your awake time more productive, without lags of energy and mental fogs. Take your downtime seriously, and take your body’s need to rest and recharge seriously, and hopefully, problems with energy will become an infrequent issue.