How are your energy levels?
At this time of year, it’s not uncommon to feel a little drained as we head into winter.
I’m an early bird by nature, but even I struggle to get out of bed at the moment. However, I still seem to have much more energy than many others around me. I’m certainly no superwoman, with super powers! So, I thought I’d take a look at some of the things that I believe contribute to my energy, in case they might help you.
It wasn’t until I was reviewing this that I’ve already written about many of these topics. I’m included the links where possible.
6 simple ways to optimise your energy
I’m not training for anything at this time of year: I actually quite enjoy a few months of ‘downtime’ in the winter. However, I still exercise regularly. This may sound like a contradiction in terms! On average this equates to one short run per week, a swim or two and a yoga session. I also walk most days – either on the school run, or other short walks.
Regular exercise helps me to maintain fitness and keeps my immune system robust. It also helps my blood flow, as I suffer from the cold through naturally poor circulation.
Regular sleep patterns
I’d love to say that I get 7-8 hours per sleep every night, but that would be stretching the truth. I probably average just under 7. However, I try to go to bed and rise at consistent times every day of the week. This helps me to regulate my body clock and be ready to get-up when my alarm goes.
In preparation for sleeping well, I limit my caffeine intake to two cups of tea per day and never late in the day. I also have a kind of bedtime routine, similar to that recommended for kids, which helps prepare my mind and body for shut-down.
I am by no means a saint in the food department – especially at the moment, for some reason – but I’m generally very conscious of what I eat. I maintain a balanced diet, with plenty of vegetables and other healthy food stuffs.
A key aspect of my diet is limited sugar, which has been a consistent theme for many years. I have generally low blood sugar and I have to be careful of sugar spikes as they can really deplete my energy very suddenly. Eating a low sugar diet generally helps me to maintain consistent energy levels.
I also ensure that I take regular iron B vitamins as these can help to keep my energy levels topped up. I’ll sometimes take an effervescent mix if I ever need pepping up.
Check out my post on nutrition for healthy ageing.
Again, I’m not a saint here, but I do keep pretty well hydrated most of the time. Whether through drinking cold water, hot water or herbal teas, I am drinking little and often for much of the day.
I start each morning with warm lemon water to kickstart my metabolism and cleanse my body.
Take a look at my article on hydration and its impact on ageing.
Having something to look forward to
These don’t have to be huge things, like the holiday of a life time, but I find it’s useful to have things in my diary to look forward to. These could include time with friends, events such as meals, parties, trips to the theatre etc. They could also include appointments for self-care such as massage.
If you don’t have much money or many friends nearby, you can still book appointments with yourself to give yourself the same effect.
Spending time with positive people
According to Jim Rohn, “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend most time with”.
Spending time with less than positive people can certainly bring us down. Try to limit this, especially if these are, so called, energy vampires. I’m sure we all could identify a few of these people!
Spending time with positive people, whether friends, families or colleagues (if you’re lucky) can be fun, energizing and empowering. If you haven’t got too many of these in your life, look for other ways to supplement this – listening / reading positive books, reading a positive blog etc.
Having meaningful goals
Having meaningful goals can help us to generally feel more purposeful. You may feel more energised by focusing on your goals and making progress towards achieving them.
You may also be less likely to notice your fatigue.
Take a fresh look at my blog on goal setting for further inspiration.
It’s not uncommon to feel a little drained as we head into winter. However, there are a number of different things that may be influencing our energy. These don’t need to be over-engineered to be effective and I’ve shared some of my ideas above.
What can you do to increase your energy?
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