- Don’t cheat on sleep. If you routinely deprive yourself of sleep, you’ll pay for it with fatigue. Adults need 7 to 9 hours a day; even an extra hour of sleep can dramatically improve energy.
Tip: The best way to improve sleep is to maintain a firm time for going to bed and awakening.
- Get physical. Research indicates exercise is one of the best ways to increase energy. Avoid strenuous workouts that might overly tire you. Moderate activities such as a daily walk or swim are ideal.
- Fuel up. Several servings of fruits and vegetables a day should provide a noticeable increase in energy. Plus these foods have far fewer calories than heavy, high calorie snacks and most fast food.
- Drink to your health. Dehydration is another energy thief – it reduces blood flow to your organs, including your brain. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. When you exercise or perspire heavily, drink plenty of water.
Tip: Alcohol also contributes to dehydration and reduces your mental and physical response.
- Reduce stress. Rushing to cross everything off your list can be exhausting. Slow down and set priorities so you only do essential things. Set aside time each day to relax. On-the-go techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation can revive you.
Tip: Remember to have fun rather than waste energy trying to make everything perfect.
Source: Smart Health November 2009