4 Ways To Have More Energy Throughout The Day

January 10, 2011

4 Ways To Have More Energy Throughout The Day

Are you someone that is drained by 3pm? Or dreaming of crawling under the covers before you’ve even had dinner?

These 4 easy techniques will inject your day with more energy, keeping you active and happier all day long.

1. Get over the caffeine/sugar routine

Coffee at 9am. And 1.30pm. And after picking up the kids. Washed down with a handful of chocolate. Sound familiar? You’re grasping on to the idea that coffee and sugary snacks are giving you the energy to get through the day, when it fact this killer combo is draining the life out of your day.

Limit your coffees to 1-2 a day, and keep a bottle of water on your desk to keep you hydrated (and make you feel full). Instead of sugary snacks like biscuits or that bar of charity chocolate in the office kitchen, snack on almonds which are a delicious superfood, or pack yourself a crunchy veggie pack of carrot and celery matchsticks. By having them at the ready at all times you won’t be tempted into ducking into the shops for a sweet.

2. Take a walk at lunch

I used to eat through every lunch hour – one hand sandwich, the other hand typing emails – until I realised I wasn’t even getting out of my seat or stretching my legs for 9 hours! So I got in to work 15 minutes earlier, answered all my urgent emails and made sure I took my lunch time off. And I felt so much more productive. Take a walk, breath the fresh air, switch your mind off, re-energise your mind and body. Better blood circulation means better blood flow to the brain, giving you more focus and creativity in the afternoon.

3. Organise your day to get more out of it

We often feel drained because we’re running from one thing to the other. The lack of structure is actually very stressing and why most of us complain over dinner about not having achieved anything. If you can organise your day and tick things off as they get done, for example: read and reply to all emails by 10am, or spend Saturday morning planning and shopping for a week’s worth of meals, you’ll get a lot more done and feel all the better for it.

4. Get a good night’s sleep

Experts agree: sleep is absolutely fundamental to our energy levels. One friend recently was complaining about being exhausted with her 4 month old baby. So she decided to go to sleep at 9am instead of midnight as she used to, so that she felt rested by the time her baby woke at 6am. A good night’s sleep is all about training your brain to accept sleep into your routine. Try meditating or counting backwards to exhaust the brain into a deep sleep.

What are your tips for having more energy throughout the day?

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