The start of a new year brings with it such hope for change and an abundance of opportunities for growth. It’s also great to acknowledge that constantly thinking about all of the things you want to change is extraordinarily exhausting.
Here at Gardenuity, we love to encourage others to remember that small and sustainable change is the name of the game; don’t exhaust yourself by pushing way too hard right out of the gate! Take it slow and give yourself time to settle into your new habits and rituals. While you’re working on these changes, you’ll need some ideas to boost your energy along the way.
Today, we discuss three easy solutions to boost your energy this January.
Sustainable Energy vs. Immediate Energy
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your daily morning cup of coffee… until it turns into your daily four or five cups of coffee because you need the caffeine just to make it through your day. Now, more than ever, there are an abundance of products advertised to boost your energy; think energy drinks, power bars, infused teas. These things are all fine and dandy, however, they don’t leave your body feeling great, and they certainly do not create long-lasting effects!
In addition to being short-term solutions, energy boosters, such as energy drinks, bog your mind and body down with absurd amounts of sugars and chemicals. While these products can provide you with a short burst of energy, at the end of the day, they will leave you feeling even more exhausted and groggy.
Believe it or not, there are small lifestyle adjustments that you can make in order to easily boost your long-term energy levels at the start of this new year.
It is absolutely possible for you to make it through your day feeling energized without that third, fourth or fifth cup of coffee!
3 Easy Ways to Boost your Energy
You can boost your energy levels this year, just by making small tweaks to your existing routine. You’ll be surprised to learn how simple it is to feel more energized, happy and healthy!
Take a look.
- Reduce Stress Levels
- This is obviously easier said than done, but with a little bit of extra mindfulness, you can control how much energy you put into the stress of life; indulging in stress absorbs tons of energy, so try funneling that effort into having a conversation with a friend or chatting with a therapist! If you want to try something new this January, consider a stress-relieving practice known as “Forest Bathing”. Check out our take on forest bathing here!
- Eat Breakfast
- Breakfast isn’t known as “the most important meal of the day” for nothing! Eating breakfast can help reduce stress levels, boost energy, and get your metabolism going earlier. Try eating some greens, or high fiber meals, such as oatmeal, to get your day started on the sunny side. To learn more about how eating breakfast benefits your day, take a look at this article by UMPC HealthBeat.
- Restrict Your Sleep
- Sleeping on a regular schedule is imperative to leading a healthy and energized lifestyle. According to Harvard Medical School, getting less sleep may actually be the solution you need if you’re feeling exceptionally fatigued. Try re-working your sleep schedule to include being in bed only for as long as you’re sleeping; in other words, avoid naps, or resting in bed for prolonged periods of time. If you need some assistance with your sleep schedule, take a look at our article regarding Herbs for Sleep to learn how adding herbs to your day can enhance the quality of your sleep.
If you are interested in learning more about how to naturally increase your energy levels this January, take a look at this article, “9 Tips to Boost Your Energy – Naturally”, by Harvard Medical School.