Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

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I hear you. You’re tired. You feel like you could close your eyes right now and go to sleep wherever you are sitting. Your brain is foggy and you just cannot, for the life of you, make a decision about anything important. You would do ANYTHING to feel ALIVE again. To have the energy to chase the kids. Or cook dinner. Or read a book.

Girl, I’ve got you. I’m about to list some really simple, natural ways to boost your energy and get you feeling clear again.

It’s important to say here that without knowing your individual situation, there’s no way that I can generalize any one condition. Also, this is in no way meant to replace a meeting with a doctor and an actual diagnosis. I am not licensed to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.

Alright, let’s get to the good stuff.

MOVEMENT. Let’s go back to your high school physics class. Remember the one where they taught you all about roller coasters and if you lived in NJ you got to go to Great Adventure? Energy creates energy. An object in motion stays in motion. Thank you Mr. Newton. I know you don’t want to get up and get your move on, but moving is really going to give you an energy boost. And don’t forget about all of those feel-good endorphins that are going to be released in the process. You don’t have to be KILLIN it in the gym. You don’t even have to be sweating your buns off in your basement at 4:00 in the morning. You can take the doggie for a stroll around the block. You can go for a leisurely hike. Swim. Skip. Dance in your kitchen. If you are sitting at your desk at 3:00 and that afternoon slump hits, GET UP AND MOVE. Walk around your cubicle. Go outside for some fresh air (take the steps down). Throw the baby in a stroller and push it up that giant hill in town. Just figure out a way that you LIKE to move your body and then, my friend, GET A MOVE ON!

SLEEP. If you are struggling in the energy department, it may be because your sleep is off. Perhaps you have a new baby or puppy in the house. Maybe your mind is racing all night long tabulating your to do list. Maybe you haven’t slept right in MONTHS. We used to have a nanny who would say “You have to sleep good to sleep good.” She was talking about our kids (who NEVER sleep), but the same goes for us as adults. Good sleep hygiene is one of the best ways to ensure that you feel rested and energetic during the day. So start prioritizing your sleep. Kick the little ones out in the morning, get to bed a little bit earlier, engage in a brain dump before bed. Put a routine in place (just as you would for your children) and get your butt in bed. And if you need a little boost, check out what your local supplement shop has to say to help you drift off naturally and reset your circadian rhythms.

CLEAN EATING. I knew she was going to say that! Obvi. But the better you eat, the more energy you will have. Eating processed foods throughout the day will make it hard for your body to digest, which will make the rest of your body shut down to slug that garbage through your system. Think about it. The last time you ate a big meal (Thanksgiving maybe?), did you feel cold afterwards? Tired? That’s because your body shuts down other systems to focus all of its energy on moving large quantities of food or highly processed foods through the digestive process. The cleaner the food you eat, the easier it will be for your system to digest, the more energy you will have. End of story.

DRINK WATER. Our thirst instinct is SO weak. Sometimes, when we are thirsty, our bodies are just hungry. And sometimes, when we are overly tired, it is because we are thirsty. Set yourself a timer to drink throughout the day. The amount of water each individual needs varies on the situation and the individual, but sipping throughout the day is paramount. I like to fill up three 32 ounce mason jars at night and keep them in the fridge. This way, I can just grab and go and I don’t have to stop to think about filling up my water — it’s already done for me so drinking it is a no brainer!

ADD FRUITS AND VEGGIES. We need a diverse diet. FULL of fruits and veggies. A balanced meal includes fruits and veggies and provides us with sustained energy throughout the day as our body continues to access the foods that we eat as an energy source.

ADAPTOGENS. Adaptogens are these cool little herbs that help strengthen the body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue – slowly and gently, without jolts or crashes. They’re called adaptogens because of their ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs. Though the effects may initially be subtle and take time to make themselves felt, they’re real and undeniable. My favorites are ashwagandha and ginseng, and you can find them in supplement or tea forms in most health food stores.

And if all else fails, take a nap, my friend. You’ve earned it.

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