Get your energy back naturally
All those who are ambitious and driven, and raring to go in pursuit of their dreams, want each day to be super productive.
Work can be draining. No matter how passionate you are and how much you enjoy doing what you do, at the end of the day — both literally and figuratively — you’re exhausted.
Your body feels heavy and weak, and you lack the willingness to carry on. And when this happens, motivation and willpower find it easy to ditch you and hide somewhere far away.
If only you knew the secret to re-energize yourself and boosting your enthusiasm, you’d be able to pick yourself up at will each time you feel the slump hitting you.
Don’t lose heart; there are ways you can instantly give yourself an energy boost.
Here are four easy ways to re-energize yourself and get going again, with zeal and fervor, feeling as if you have all the stamina in the world.
1. Power nap
You cannot beat the low energy state without resting and replenishing yourself. No amount of pumping caffeine into your system will work. It might keep you awake and alert for a short while, but you won’t be able to work at your optimum capacity for long.
When you’re feeling low on energy, it’s best to hit the pause button and give yourself a quick break.
The best way to feel instantly refreshed is by taking a power nap. As the name suggests, it’s a brief period of sleep that can help revitalize you. It usually lasts 10–30 minutes and has many benefits, including making you feel active and improving your focus and short-term memory.
You might not always have the luxury of lying on a bed. And that’s understandable. However, there’s still a considerable scope to provide yourself with the requisite nap.
Use whatever is available and make yourself comfortable using a recliner, sofa, couch, pull-back office chair, or employing the good ol’ technique of sitting in the chair and lying head down on the table. Make sure you’re in a calm and noise-free environment to make the most of your nap time.
Most times, it’s not the duration of the nap per se but the fact that you took a break that can make a huge difference. Naps as short as 20 minutes of eyes shut time can help you relax, recharge, and bounce back with vigor and greater alertness.
2. Power snack
If you’ve been working for an extended period, you’ll feel the hunger pangs that will ring the alarm bell for you to take a food break. Alternatively, when you are engrossed deep in work, you can sometimes forget about eating and skip meals altogether.
In such a scenario, you must consciously withdraw yourself from work as there’s no point continuing when you’re feeling drained, and your sugar level has hit rock bottom.
It is imperative that you step back from work before you hit a crash and replenish your energy stores.
Most people reach for their next cup of coffee or tea when they feel run down at work. But caffeine is not the solution to all your energy-related problems. You need to balance it with healthy food to see optimum results.
When you’re running low on energy, get yourself something nutritious to eat. A quick grab of a protein snack or something healthy can do the magic and help you get back into action fast.
The choices are endless. Choose wisely and keep yourself from gorging on white carbs, high sugar, or oily treats with too many saturated fats if you want to avoid feeling heavy and full.
Opt for complex carbs, proteins, and healthy fats that will give you energy and make you feel satiated while stabilizing your sugar levels.
3. Power walk
To achieve high performance, you must be full of energy, at least most of the time.
But no one can be expected to be at their top energy levels throughout the day. Your enthusiasm will fluctuate, rise, and ebb several times a time.
To ensure more consistency in your energy levels, you must be quick to identify the time when you start to feel the drag. Pushing yourself beyond that point will only increase disengagement and low productivity while making you feel severely depleted.
When tiredness and boredom start to show the first signs, it’s your cue to take measures to restore your energy levels and recharge your battery.
Taking a quick walk or simply moving around the place is an easy way to reduce lethargy and fatigue after sitting behind the desk at the office for long hours or while working from home.
Making small changes and taking a few minutes away from work can significantly improve your mood and energy levels. You won’t feel worn out any longer and will be more enthused to return to work.
4. Power talk
Overwork with little rest or the habit of working back to back on tasks can lead to low productivity in the short term and possible burnout in the long term.
During periods of low energy, you tend to feel less motivated. With the result, you shift to energy-saving, ‘just-finish-off-work’ mode.
Continuing with a disinterested state of mind and pushing yourself to do intense work can have repercussions on both your physical and mental health.
Nothing rejuvenates a tired body, a bored mind, and a stressed-out soul more than powerful and empowering words.
Inspirational words, positive affirmations, or a pep talk to encourage and pat yourself on the back for doing the hard work are excellent ways to uplift yourself and restore your energy levels.
Powerful and positive words help you regain your mojo and spur you to action to go full throttle again.
If you work hard and continuously, your energy levels are sure to dwindle.
As the energy declines and you run out of steam, the mood and the productivity go for a toss. You are tired, irritable, unmotivated, and don’t feel like working.
When that happens, you must pick the clues, get to the root cause of the problem and fix it with one or all of the above suggestions.
These easy ways to boost your energy will put you in turbo mode, and you’ll feel driven again, ready to hit the workload with renewed energy, agility, and vitality.
Prolonged and excessive work can cause anxiety, frustration, and a lack of interest in work. Taking time off is, therefore, highly advocated for your productivity and well-being.
CONTRIBUTED BY Dr. Roopleen
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