10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy Level

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Do you find yourself yawning right about 4 p.m., exhausted and ready to go home? I do (excepting that I work from home, which complicates matters). Turns out, my energy is exceptionally low because I've been doing all of the wrong things to boost it.

Drinking a pot of coffee or eating a candy bar may help in the short-term, but both caffeine and sugar highs are met with the inevitable crash. So that's not working - what DOES work to bolster your energy level? Turns out it's shockingly easy.

Here are some easy tips to kick-start your energy!

1) Get a full night's sleep. That's seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, which, for those of us with small kids, can be challenging.

2) Ditch the extra poundage by eating less and exercising more. That's not to say you should go on one of those fad diets - they don't work in the long run.

3) Load up your plate with summertime greens and fruits, rather than carb-filled side dishes. Look for lean cuts of protein to add to your meals: both chicken and turkey are excellent forms of protein.

4) Ditch the smokes. I know, I know, smoking is a hard habit to ditch, but it's important. Women who stop smoking by age 35 live longer.

5) Pump up the jams. When you're in a tired funk, turn on a loud song and ROCK OUT TO IT. If you're at work? Go into the bathroom or somewhere else so you can listen to it.

6) Make sure your nose is clear. Sounds like a weird one, but apparently, stuffy noses can lead people to become more tired and cranky.

7) Change your socks. Even weirder trick, I KNOW, but changing your socks is a really easy way to make you feel better when you're lagging behind. Try it!

8) Get up and out of your cube and go talk to someone. Connecting with other people is a surefire way to feel revitalized and refreshed (if you LIKE the person you're speaking to, I should add).

9) Power snacks are your BFF. Rather than a bag of chips or a candy bar, go for something with protein and fiber in it. I personally carry a baggie of almonds wherever I go.

10) Wake up at the same time each day - even weekends. This helps to set and maintain your body's clock and keep you on schedule.

Do you have any other energy-boosting tips?

 

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energy & fatigue, emotional health, eating healthy, healthy habits

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MeowLove MeowLove

get sunlight! going for a 30 min walk a day isnt too hard and you need the vitamin d! or take women viatmins, as moms we dont eat right, ill grab a cupcake if its fast to eat while im chasing a naked baby with a handful of markers, instead of an apple lol so making sure your getting the right vitamins for your body is essential!

nonmember avatar Misha

Water and lots of it. Amazing how drinking enough water helps us feel energized with less (or no) caffeine.

nonmember avatar Misha

Water and lots of it. Amazing how drinking enough water helps us feel energized with less (or no) caffeine.

Todd Vrancic

I would advise women to get their iron levels checked.  Anemia can really make you feel drained.

jessi... jessicasmom1

1 cup of coffee a day .... water seems to help

alway... alwayscurious

Totally identify with the stuffy nose thing! When my sinuses/allergies are bad I am.super grumpy and just want a nap! Also, I find that a few minutes of stretching and deep breathing helps quite a bit!

jalaz77 jalaz77

Socks for sure. I have bright colored ones! I do caffiene when needed. I usually do decaf cause I like the taste of coffe not what the caffiene does to me but those days I need a pick me up I do the caffiene and it does the trick. #2 couldn't be more true. Now just incorporating into my life is hard : (

Geeky... GeekyMumof2boys

I'll have to try some of these! I'm always tired. But Todd is right, iron deficiency anemia can REALLY make you tired. I have severe iron deficiency anemia & I feel like I'm half asleep 24/7.

warne... warnerokla

i sometimes have a  5hour energy drink just before kids off bus

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