With the shifting seasons, I have been feeling really low on energy these last fews days. With this, I’ve been thinking about natural ways that I increase my energy. My guess is I’m not the only one struggling to put a little pep in their step after daylight savings, so I wanted to share my tips with all of you.
6 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Energy
- Take advantage of longer days. Go for a walk after work instead of right inside and to the couch. Do you workout in the evening? Take it outside! Go for a run and use a bench in a park to get your box jumps on. Whatever you need to do to get outside, do it. The rays from the sun will give you that natural energy boost and help to improve your mood.
- Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep. For me, this means setting a cut off time for electronics and having a book that I’m looking forward to reading. Right now I’m reading Balance Your Hormones Balance Your Life by Claudia Welch and I’m really excited to learn more about Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Nerdy? Maybe! But I love learning more about holistic approaches to healing the body. Reading has always been my favorite way to wind down and having a book that I’m hooked into really helps me stick with my routine.
- Inversions. Getting upside down, whether you use a wall or are able to hold a handstand on your own, has been shown to decrease anxiety and improve moods. The increased blood flow to your brain flushes out the adrenal glands and creates more positive thought. Plus it’s just fun to get upside down. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s just a nice break in your day.
- Diffuse energizing essential oils. This time of year, my lemon eucalyptus essential oil is my favorite. It’s light and citrusy, and gives me the mid-afternoon boost I need without more caffeine.
- Maca. Maca root is used by indigenous Andean societies as a source of nourishment and healing. Studies have shown its ability to combat fatigue, reduce stress, and aid in muscle recovery after a hard workout. One of my favorite smoothie combos is maca, vanilla protein powder, spinach, cinnamon roasted carrots (frozen), and almond milk. The maca makes it taste slightly nutty and brings out the sweetness in the carrots. Try it!
- Replace coffee with tea. I know this might seem a little counterintuitive because tea has less caffeine than coffee. While this may be true, the caffeine in tea releases more slowly than coffee and therefore doesn’t cause a caffeine crash. Yerba Mate, a drink that is very popular in South America, is similar to green tea. The difference is that it more benefits, like a higher polyphenol and antioxidant count, and more caffeine. If you’re looking to replace your coffee with tea, give this a try first! You can find it at any health food store, and I’ve even seen it in some chain grocery stores.
There you have it! My top 6 tips to naturally increase your energy. What would you add to the list? Tell me in the comments so we can all feel energized and balanced as we move into spring!