Whether you’re keeping the show on the road at home or toiling through a 9-5, it can be tough to keep your energy levels up throughout the week.
We all have our own ways of making it through, whether it’s reaching for that morning coffee or having a little sweet treat to beat the 3pm slump.
Unfortunately, many of these are counterproductive as the initial mood lift can soon be replaced by a sugar crash.
Maximise your productivity this week by trying these handy tips!
Don’t skip the gym
The last thing you probably want to do when you’re feeling tired is work out but studies have shown that doing some exercise will give you more energy, not less.
If you don’t have time for a class, try a power walk or do some sprints up and down the stairs. Your increased heart rate and endorphin release will give you a serious pick-me-up. YouTube is another great resource when it comes to exercise as there is a host of free tutorials available on everything from yoga to interval training.
Drink more water
It’s said that dehydration is the most common cause of tiredness so if you’re finding it hard to stay energetic, fill a large bottle of water and sip throughout the day. Many people find it difficult to drink large amounts of plain water so if that’s you, try a drop of cordial, some fresh mint or slices of cucumber/orange to make it a bit more exciting.
If you work in a stuffy office, popping outside can be the ticket to a clearer mind. Have a quick walk around the block or make a phone call while enjoying some fresh air and you’ll instantly feel more alert.
Turn up the music
If you feel like things are getting on top of you, listening to one of your favourite tracks is a really quick and easy way to boost your mood. A classic Spice Girls number is our ‘go to’ for those tough days!
Comfort eating is a reality for many of us but choosing the right foods can have a huge impact on your energy levels. Nutritionists advise that fasting for longer than four hours can cause your body to crash so make sure to bring some healthy snacks with you when you’re on the go. Try some popcorn, apple slices with peanut butter, a homemade smoothie or a handful of almonds.
Never leave without breakfast
Similarly, eating a decent breakfast plays a huge role in preparing your body and mind for the day. It’s so tempting to have an extra ten minutes in bed but it’s worth the effort, we promise! Try these handy recipes, which you can whip up in minutes or eat on the go!
Get an early night
Sometimes, the simplest explanations are the most likely. Being constantly tired could be due to the fact that you’re not getting enough rest or not sleeping properly. If you find it tough to drop off, try these tips for the perfect night’s sleep.
Talk to your GP
If you’re eating and sleeping regularly but are still fighting tiredness on a daily basis, it might be time to chat to your GP and look at the possibility of a vitamin deficiency.