We’ve all hit that 3 pm slump in the middle of the workday when you feel like you need to take a nap or chug an energy drink.
First things first, for the love of all things holy don’t drink the energy drink. They are full of sugar (or some sort of sugar alternative) and so much caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and over time, your body can develop a tolerance for it and it will take more and more in order to get your “fix.” In addition to always needing more (and it never really waking you up like you want it to), you can start to build on dependency on it… dare I say addiction? There’s a lot of controversy regarding the effects of caffeine and it’s safety levels, so in my opinion, the best thing is to use them sparingly or not at all.
But Hollie, no caffeine?! Don’t you worry, let’s just cut to the chase and figure out some better ways to get your energy fix!
Drink all the water.
This is the first thing you should do when you start to feel tired. Your body is made up largely of water so it makes sense that every single cell needs water. Something is not functioning correctly or something is missing so let’s try the simplest solution first. Simple and free? YAS. Water breaks down the foods that we eat and it also helps transport nutrients and chemicals into our cells, so if something is missing then water is the thing that will get it there. Your cells need nutrition in order to function properly and help you stay (and feel) alive. * cue music…… staying alive, staying alive, ah, ah, ah, ah.…. Zero calories, zero carbs, zero gluten, and zero dairy. Drink up, buttercup!
Let’s get physical.
Bonus points if you’re feeling my music vibe right now…
Anyways! Don’t underestimate the power of a 5-minute workout. Getting your heart rate elevated for even a few minutes will wake you up so quickly. There’s nothing quite like a big pump of adrenaline running through your veins to get you going. Run in place, take a few flights of stairs, do some jumping jacks, dance just dance to your favorite jam, chase around your kids or just go for a walk so that you get breathing hard. In addition to the release of adrenaline, exercise will also stimulate your endorphin production. These endorphins will help you feel happy and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
Grab a healthy snack.
Reach for some foods that are high in B vitamins (which are famous for their energizing properties). Fruits and vegetables are the obvious choices for me. Bananas, spinach, papayas, oranges, and cantaloupe. You’re going to be safe getting any sort of produce in, but I would reach for the listed ones first. Liam is so into pomegranates right now, so that’s my go-to at the moment. If you’d prefer to have an “energy drink”, make a quick smoothie of water, spinach, and a banana. BOOM. You’re golden. Eggs, nuts, and seeds also have a high vitamin B count so dig in my friend.
Oil up and zone out.
There are several essential oils that are freaking amazing for energy. My favorites are peppermint and wild orange (especially mixed together!) and smell basically like heaven. Peppermint contains menthol, menthone, a- & b- pinenes and menthyl acetate and help promote stimulating and invigorating feelings. Wild orange contains d-limonene, terpinolene and myrcene to help energize the crap out of you. Really though, 3 deep breaths and I am golden. I’ve also experimented with adding a drop of peppermint into a cup of water and BAM. Works like a charm (and freshens your breathe #winning). If you don’t have those particular oils you could also try cinnamon (diluted), eucalyptus, grapefruit, or lemon. Try out a few different ones to figure out what works best for you and your body. I will say that you need to make sure you are breathing/ingesting pure essential oils. Please, please, please purchase them from a reputable company (I order mine HERE, let me know if you want some!)
So I am going to go ahead and address the elephant in the room… why are you tired/needing a pick me up? Does it happen on the regular? Or is today just an “off” day? If you have a persistent lack of energy that doesn’t resolve with some self-care, it may indicate that you have a deeper physical or psychological disorder and you need to seek medical attention and talk with your doctor. Don’t forget how important it is to get adequate sleep each night. I know it can’t always be helped (hello baby that wakes up sooooo early) but if you need some reasons why to sleep more, you can read about it HERE.
These are just things that have worked for me, but do you have any tips or tricks that you do to help you when you’re feeling low on energy?