No matter how goal-oriented or creative you are when it comes to the tasks you need to accomplish, you still won’t get a lot done if your mind is in a haze and your body is begging for sleep. Because of the daily stresses in life that you encounter, it’s likely that your sleep will be negatively affected. Many people suffer from sleep deprivation in an effort to finish the things they have to do or due to insomnia. Often, people feel as if they’re more energized at night than they are in the morning. In order to reclaim your vitality and stamina that helps you become productive at school or at work, here are seven ways you can re-energize yourself and prevent fatigue from hitting you in the middle of the day.
- Drink some coffee
There are an infinite number of people voting against caffeine as a means of energizing yourself, and for a good reason too. When you take caffeine too often, your caffeine tolerance increases which means you’ll need even more cups of coffee to feel that energy boost you used to feel with just one cup. However, drinking coffee under moderation won’t be too bad and it will keep you from drifting off at work or at school in the early afternoon. Just remember not to drink any more coffee six hours before it’s time for bed or else your sleeping pattern will be negatively affected.
- Listen to music
Often, exhaustion comes from sustained concentration, leading to something called “brain drain.” The best way to beat brain drain is to listen to some brain-stretching music. Classical music, such as those of Mozart or Bach, can effectively relax your mind through the harmony of various instruments and it doesn’t have lyrics or catchy tunes that can distract your thoughts. If brass and strings are not your thing, you can try other upbeat tunes that can make your mind alert.
Stress is one of the major contributors of fatigue. If you keep piling up your stresses, the heavier the burden of it will be to you, and the more fatigued you’ll feel day after day. Take some time off to relax your body and mind even in simple ways or change your schedule and exercise to get your vim and vigor back.
- Control your diet
The food you eat has a lot of effect on your body’s energy levels. For instance, giving in to fatty food or sweet cravings can throw off your energy in a bad way. The energy that’s supposed to keep you up will instead be used to digest the fatty foods you’ve consumed and consuming sugary treats will cause your blood sugar and energy levels to spike then crash. Instead, eat a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein. This will keep your energy levels regulated throughout the day.
Exercising even for just a few minutes every morning is a great way to boost your body’s energy levels and keep it up throughout the day. Not only will it make you feel more energized, but the boost in endorphins will make you cheerier as well.
- Get a healthy dose of sunlight
Busy people tend to not get a lot of sunlight since they’re stuck in their offices or rooms. This will only make them feel gloomier, less energetic, and less motivated to do work. It’s important to get at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight every day, without sunblock on your skin, to get your daily recommended dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D can help improve your overall mood and energy levels.
Perhaps the most obvious cause of dwindling energy is lack of sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep regularly, your body will not be able to replenish its energy levels, causing you to feel fatigued the next day. The more hours of sleep you lose as you continue to only sleep a few hours each night, the more prominent your feeling of exhaustion will be. Prioritize your sleep so you’ll feel more energized the next day and you’ll get more things done.