Want to keep your energy levels high all day? Here are four tips that will get you there (and not one of them involves grabbing a latte at the drive-thru!)
Does this sound familiar?
You wake up in the morning feeling rested and ready to take on the world. From the moment you roll out of bed, you’re planning for the busy day ahead. You’ve made your to-do lists, you’ve scheduled your time, and you are feeling energized.
Then, somewhere along the way, you just…ran out of steam. I’ve been there, too – so I’ve identified 4 easy ways to maintain your energy throughout a busy day.
NOTE: If you find that you are unusually tired for more than a few days at a time with no clear reason, you may want to consult your doctor or medical professional.
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4 Tips to Stay Energized All Day Long
1. Pay Attention to Your Needs
First of all, you need to be paying better attention to your body.
- Did you get enough sleep the night before?
- Are you dehydrated?
- Has it been a while since you’ve eaten?
- Have you been doing the same repetitive activity, in the same position, for a long period of time?
Frequently when we feel ourselves lagging in energy, it’s because we are lacking in something we need. A drink of water, a healthy snack, or a quick catnap may be all we need to boost our energy levels back to normal.
Surprisingly, we can boost our energy levels through mild physical activity.
Try a five-minute stretch or a short walk. You may not think you have the energy but once you do it, you may find you have even more energy than before you started.
If you pay close attention to what your body needs, you can catch yourself right when your energy begins to waver.
By giving your body what it needs right away, you might be able to stave off a massive crash later on.
2. Stick to Your Routines
What’s the fastest way to burn out on a busy day? Scrambling to do too many activities at once.
Without a plan, we are burdening both our physical and mental facilities right from the start, and often we still don’t get anything accomplished.
The more we scramble, the more our energy stores deplete.
If instead, you have an established morning routine, that portion of the day will flow smoothly and you will be able to store your energy for greater demands later in the day.
Ask yourself what parts of your day you can streamline by creating a routine and make sure to follow through with those routines as often as possible.
3. Establish Your Priorities
Too easily, we get distracted by little nonsense tasks or diversions which take up our energy and time. The day gets away from us, and suddenly, it’s over and we’ve accomplished nothing.
Prevent this from happening by establishing your priorities for the day.
Put your energy where it counts most by being more intentional and selective in the activities you engage in.
For stressful days that are decidedly out of your routine, it’s good to create a checklist of activities that must be done.
Prioritize them, and do the most difficult ones first.
You will conserve energy by not having to remember or organize your actions if you plan ahead. Each time you are able to check another activity off the list, it will motivate you to continue working on your list, and not on all of the other little distractions around you.
4. Get Enough Sleep The Night(s) Before
The most important way we can maintain energy levels is to ensure that we get adequate sleep each night. Getting a good night’s sleep will keep you more energetic throughout the day.
Try to go to bed and wake up at close to the same time each day.
You can’t make up for missing sleep one night on the next, you need consistency.
Create a sleep environment that is free from noise and distraction. Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room. Try to avoid screens as much as possible in the hours before bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, try a cup of tea or warm milk, or listen to a guided meditation designed for nighttime.
And forget about that snooze button…get up the first time the alarm goes off.
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Final Thoughts on 4 Tips to Stay Energized All Day Long
Everyone has low-energy days now and then. If you are finding them becoming more common, try focusing on creating more consistency by doing the following:
- Pay attention to your needs
- Stick to Your Routines
- Establish Your Priorities
- Get Enough Sleep
How do you cope with low energy levels? Let me know in the comments!