Everyone would like to feel more energetic during the day and night. You naturally go through cycles of higher activity that contrasts with times of relaxation. The problem happens when more energy and concentration is required than we can give. Or when we try to sleep and can’t go for sleep. Follow these 8 invaluable tips to a new you!
1) Stay on a regular sleep schedule :
You can not stay up late during the weekend & suddenly on Monday morning wake up refreshed. If you do enjoy later nights on Friday and Saturday vow to get to sleep early on Sunday to wake up rested.
2) Avoid the sugar and caffeine roller coaster:
Eat some proteins and foods with a bit of fat in the morning. The brain needs proteins and the body does not store them. You don’t have to eat so much- a glass of low-fat milk, a piece of cheese, or a handful of nuts will get you going instead of pure carbohydrates like a plain bagel etc.
3) Take a 5-10 minute power nap around lunch:
Even if you just close your eyes and let your mind torpor you will be refreshed for the afternoon. This is also effective anytime when you feel yourself not concentrating, reading the same material over and over. Give in to the urge and completely relax for a few minutes.
4) Drink more water and liquids.
I know, everybody says to drink more fluids. But lot’s of Indians are in a constant state of dehydration from filling up on coffee, tea, and sodas with caffeine. This is very stressful to the kidneys and can cause irritation to the urinary bladder. Keep a sports bottle filled with your favourite flavoured water or just plain and keep it with you at every time. Set a goal- empty by lunch, refill, empty again by the time when work is over. Carry ample water in the car too for you and your family.
5) Exercise regularly.
This is very easier said than done with a busy schedule. A poor conditioning level causes you to be short of breath and your heart to race when just doing easy things like climbing a flight of steps or doing household chores. Park farther away when shopping and walk Dust off that exercise machine or get an exercise tape to play when the weather is not good. Set an example for the rest of your family members and maybe they will join in too!
6) A joke a day keeps the doctor away.
Seriously, laughter has many beneficial effects on our bodies. The brain chemicals/hormones for experiencing pleasure, happiness, and peace increase with good, hearty laughs. Live alone Get a funny movie or watch a light-hearted comedy on tv or YouTube. Nothing sarcastic or put-down, however.
7) Avoid confrontations and situations with negative people.
You know who they are. They are not going to change but they will keep you and your mood down. The complainers, gossipers, and generally unhappy souls we all have to deal with on a day-to-day basis drain our energy if we allow them to do so. Try to be polite but avoid arguing or getting hooked into listening to their constant problems.
8) Take regular, daily supplements:
Our food and diets simply do not meet the amounts of nutrients needed for maximum health. There is a big difference between avoiding nutritional deficiencies and optimum performance.