How do we change from a life of tiredness to a life full of energy?
The challenges of everyday life can really take their toll on us. Endless commutes to the office, the stress and anxiety of deadlines, and meeting family commitments are a combined recipe for burnout & lack of energy. Even on weekends when we’re supposed to catch up on rest, we find ourselves running around trying to catch up on things we missed out on during the week. We’re recovering from socialising, or trying to meet all of the commitments we made to people…
It’s stressful just reading this to-do list, never mind living through it. It’s easy to fall into a cycle where we feel constantly tired and drained. We don’t feel energised at all, or in control of our lives. Living in this fast-paced frenzy is not living at all.
If you can relate to this constant sense of tiredness then this article is aimed at you. Here are 6 Ways to Stop Feeling Spiritually Drained.
1. Cut Out Sugar
Sugar should never be considered the main source of energy or even a useful pick me up. Sugar is mostly converted to fat when it is unused through physical activity or exercise. High-sugar & high-calorie food and beverages like soft drinks, chocolate bars, candies, and desserts should be avoided or consumed in moderation. The brief high, or false energy, provided by this sugar is followed by a crashing low that will make you feel even more tired. Research has shown that cutting out, or cutting right down on sugar allows our body to develop a more constant level of energy.
2. Be Careful with Caffeine
How many of us reach for a cup of coffee when tiredness starts to kick in. Most of us use it just to get out of bed in the morning and face the day! However recent studies have shown that excessive coffee drinking can lead to exhaustion. The temporary boost simply masks rather than getting rid of it. You might not feel the tiredness, but it is still there.
Even a little too much caffeine can leave you feeling overstimulated and shaky. Even missing out on a cup can lead to headaches! The first step to revitalisation is to lessen your coffee crutch. You can make the transition by reducing coffee over the weekends, or by limiting your coffee intake to only two cups a day at most.
3. Sleep Properly!
Sure, getting 8 hours is all well and good, but the quality of sleep that you get is the most important factor you should be looking at. If you are still tired after a full night’s sleep, chances are, something is bothering you throughout the night so much that your body isn’t actually resting. Furthermore, if you rely on alcohol or sleeping pills you may be making this sleeplessness even worse. Reducing stress and addressing the other issues in this article should lead to a healthy nights sleep. If you’re still struggling, check out this guide to getting a great nights sleep.
4. Be Mindful
Too many commitments or conflicting schedules often cause abundant stress and anxiety. Practice time management, it helps in so many areas of life. Every once in awhile make sure you have a completely free weekend, with no prior engagements. You need to take this time for you. Relax, take it easy & recharge your energy levels. If your budget allows, go on vacation, however, even taking the time to hike for an hour in the great outdoors is an excellent way to refresh body and mind.
5. Eat Clean
There are so many harmful substances found in our food, it’s hard to know where to start. Chemicals, pesticide residue, and other toxins are all present, and in foods, you’d never think they’d be present in. Even the air we breathe is containing more toxic chemicals like sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide fumes. As a result, many people suffer from low-grade poisoning than can cause weakness, fatigue, headaches and a complete lack of energy.
Here are simple ways to remove toxins:
- Invest in an air purifier to breathe in the fresh air at the home and office.
- Test your water supply to make sure it’s safe to be drinking.
- Be mindful about sourcing organic foods in your weekly shop, these will be clearly labelled in your supermarket, and everywhere if you live close to a farmers market.
- Keep away or secure bottles of solvents, paint, and cleansers. Make sure lids are sealed if you have them at home and leave them in a designated area such as a garage.
- Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Consume a high fibre diet.
Proper diet is essential but even with a good diet, we can still fall short on getting the essential vitamins and minerals that you need to keep yourself full of energy. Try taking the following supplements:
- B Complex – Help the body convert sugar into fuel.
- Vitamin C – Fights fatigue & infection, and boosts the immune system.
- Iron -If you eat a lot of junk food and you are having heavy menstruation, you become prone to iron deficiency. Taking Iron Supplements will help replenish the loss of iron in your body.
- Magnesium – This is great for maintaining energy levels!
You’ll feel a more constant level of energy if you follow these tips. Remember, aside from a good diet, plenty of rest, and regular exercise — it is important to practice positive thinking and meditation in order to live a life where you are fully in control and full of energy!