With increasingly busy lives (yes, even in lockdown!) many people regularly find themselves feeling tired, rundown and just plain drained.
However, if your low energy is related to lifestyle, there are plenty of things you can do to help increase these levels.
Below, we round up some top tips and products to help combat your energy blues.
According to experts, eating foods with a low glycemic index (where sugars are absorbed slowly) may help you avoid the lag in energy that usually occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches. The best foods for energy include high-fibre vegetables, whole grains, nuts and healthy oils, such as olive oil. It is advised to avoid high-carbohydrate foods, as they generally have the highest glycemic indexes.
And while these foods are always the best option, sometimes you need a quick, healthy solution that also provides all the essential nutrients you need. Rapid Loss® Meal Replacement Shakes, for instance, are formulated with 30% less sugar and contain plenty of vitamins and minerals for boosting energy. In fact, key vitamins and minerals such as energy supplements; magnesium, iron and B vitamins significantly help reduce fatigue and tiredness.
Get more sleep
It may seem like a no-brainer, but sleep is essential for maintaining good energy levels. While you sleep, your body works to repair and restore damaged cells, as well as recouping energy. This powers the muscles and brain to keep you moving when you’re awake.
If you exercise regularly, getting enough sleep is even more important, as during rest, the muscles damaged during a workout are being rebuilt and repaired by the body. This assists with building and maintaining strong, lean muscle mass.
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, why not give Absolute Essential’s Twinkle Star a try? This bedtime essential oil blend is carefully crafted to encourage the calmness and relaxation necessary for deep sleep. It also promotes easy breathing to guard against broken sleep.
You may think that exercise depletes the energy levels, but this is far from true. Exercise provides your cells with more energy to burn and circulates oxygen, which can give you a burst of energy and help with cardiovascular health. Good cardiovascular health helps you power through exercise and daily activities with ease.
To top it off, exercise also creates endorphins, which encourages movement and helps elevate the mood.
Overdrive® is perfect for those struggling to get moving. It provides a blend of B-vitamins, antioxidants, mineral cofactors, proteolytic enzymes, and unique electrolytes to promote normal energy metabolism during exercise and normal post-exercise muscle recovery. It also helps increase the length of time and the intensity of your workout while improving stamina and assisting you to perform in peak condition.
We know this is easier said than done (especially during a pandemic!) but stress-induced emotions consume tremendous amounts of energy.
Joining a support group, talking with a friend, taking time for yourself or seeing a therapist can all help diffuse stress. Other tools such as meditation, yoga and tai chi have also been shown as extremely effective coping mechanisms for many people.
One ingredient known for its relaxing properties is lavender, which thankfully can be found in many products. Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming Relaxing Bath with Sea Salts & Aloe Vera, for example, has a mildly foaming bath formulation that uses a blend of sea salts and aloe vera to help calm the mind (and as a bonus, the skin!).