7 ways to maximise your energy!
Updated: Mar 25
Do you find yourself wishing that you still had as much energy as you did 10, 20 or 30 years ago? When you feel energised, you can achieve so much more with your day and feel younger and more vibrant.
We all have peaks and troughs in our energy levels and these are natural. Our energy levels can vary during the day and during the seasons. If you feel that your energy levels are always low, then it might be time to take some action to improve how you feel.
These are my 7 top tips for recapturing that lost energy:
1. Energise your body and brain with nutritious foods.
Please read this twice because this is an important point. Feeling fatigued can mean that you are not meeting the specific nutrition requirements for energy production.
Try putting aside breakfast cereal and start your day with a balanced protein breakfast. Protein includes eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, quinoa, beef, lamb, chicken and tofu.
Breakfast ideas include scrambled eggs with mushrooms and avocado; chia seed pudding with fruit salad and yoghurt; fresh sardines on toast. If you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you should notice the difference in your energy levels by mid morning.
Other nutritious foods that should be in your daily diet include fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish, meat and a variety of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. All these foods supply the nutrients needed for energy!
2. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and sugar.
While these substances may help you to feel energetic temporarily, in the long run they deplete your energy, contribute to weight gain and your body has to work harder to detoxify and eliminate them from your system.
If you want to improve your energy levels, I recommend that you reduce your coffee intake to one cup per day (in the morning), have 3 alcohol free days every week and eliminate foods with refined sugar. You can read more about cutting back on alcohol here.
Foods to avoid if you want to feel energetic all day are soft drinks; energy drinks; juices; and all sweets, cakes, biscuits and snacks with added sugar. If you struggle with a sugar addiction you might benefit from reading my blog how to beat sugar cravings.
3. Stay hydrated
Being dehydrated can leave you feeling tired and flat and can also contribute to headaches. Anyone who wakes feeling unrefreshed in the morning should check to see that they drink enough fluids each day because dehydration can cause a feeling of being hung-over.
Air-conditioning, caffeine, alcohol and exercise can increase your need for fluids. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day is recommended to stay properly hydrated. I recommend starting each morning with a glass or two of water and add a squeeze of lemon juice if you like it.
If you feel tired and lacking in energy in the afternoon, try drinking a glass of water (or 2) before you have a snack or a caffeinated drink, it might be all you need to energise you. Herbal tea is a refreshing alternative for people who get tired of drinking water.
4. Prioritise sleep
A restorative sleep will do wonders for your energy levels. I recommend switching off the computer or TV an hour before bed time and start to wind down with a bath, herbal tea, a good book, or whatever sends a message to your body that it's time to relax and prepare for sleep.
Try to be consistent with your bedtime, if possible around 10 to 10:30pm, which will help your body clock to establish a natural routine for you. If you find that your mind is too busy to shut down, try writing down what's on your mind in a journal before bed, or experiment with some relaxation techniques or meditation. Aim for 7 to 8 sleep every night for great day time energy levels.
5. Exercising gives you energy
Exercise has so many long term health benefits and one of the immediate benefits is a feeling of being energised. It is important for your health and energy levels to exercise every day but it doesn't need to be a vigorous boot camp, a gentle walk is often sufficient.
A 30 minute walk every morning is an excellent way to invigorate your morning, especially if you walk by the water or in a park. If you find walking each day a little boring, why not try listening to music or a podcast while you walk, or take your dog out for a run.
Most of us have experienced the feeling of being unfit and drained of energy. The way to re-energise is to get up and get active, even if you don't feel like it.
If you feel tired in the afternoon, the simple act of getting up from your desk and stretching can be instantly energising. Be aware of how you're sitting in your chair, an upright posture will take the pressure off your shoulders and spine and improve your energy.
6. Feel good techniques
Set yourself some great new goals or change up your routine. We all feel more energised when we have a purpose, a goal or new hobby, so find something new to inspire you!
Plan a trip, try a new sport, learn a language or a musical instrument or volunteer with an organisation that you admire or support. You don't have to find something new to do, is there a project that you have been wanting to finish or a bunch of movies on your list to watch? The important thing is to find something that you really enjoy and do it!
7. Look a little deeper
If you have tried all these techniques and you still feel like you are lacking in energy, then I recommend booking in to see a naturopath.
I can also help you to improve your sleep, mood and stress levels, liver function, thyroid function, and detox your system when you have been overdoing the sugar, alcohol and caffeine. These things can all form parts of the low energy puzzle.
If you've enjoyed this blog you might also like to read my tips for 12 habits of healthy women. Please get in touch for a consultation, or a free discovery session if you would like to find out more about working with me.
I would be delighted to be part of your health support team!
Hi! I'm Simone Jeffries. I am a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and certified wellness coach. I am also a foodie and an advocate for a whole food diet.
The information in this blog is from my Bachelor of Health Science degree, experience from working with women in my clinic, and continuing research.
This blog is for information only and not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please seek assistance for any medical concerns.