How to make it to 5pm when you lack motivation and energy
Let’s face it. When you’re tired and lacking energy, you often lack motivation. Lack of motivation is an absolute killer for any business. PR included!
You can’t concentrate, you can’t contribute and you can’t put in the time and effort you need.
You’re not alone. The number of people visiting the doctor simply because they are tired, continues to increase, so what we need to is increase our energy.
Not only will you increase your work output, you’ll feel much happier and enthusiastic in all areas of your life.
Here are 9 easy tips I actually wrote for Sri Lankan airlines inflight magazine (they loved me back in my freelancing days!) to give you endless energy and get you powering through the day, every day.
Eat for energy
Give sugar, saturated fats and snack bars a miss as according to nutritionists these foods super energy sappers.
They supply kilojoules (unfortunately that means I’ve had to give up my mintie obsession) without vitamins and minerals, which forces your body to draw on its own store of these vital nutrients.
The best fatigue-fighting foods are fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, raw seeds and nuts, lean red meat, chicken and fish.
If you experience an afternoon energy slump, boost your blood-sugar levels by consuming a healthy snack between 3pm and 4pm. Good choices are yoghurts, grainy bread sandwich, apples, pears or stone fruit.
Get your giggle on
According to laughter therapists, a good old chuckle with keeps you going throughout the day.
Laughing uplifts beta-endorphins and serotonin, which are the brains feel-good chemicals’, and will leave you feeling very positive, energetic and even euphoric. This is a good excuse to stop hiding your laughter when sneakily checking out the latest memes.
Become a flower child
In the 1930s an English doctor by the name of Edward Bach discovered a unique way of using plants to fight disease. By infusing or boiling plants in water, Dr Bach produced 38 different essences that are believed to possess healing powers. To fight exhaustion and increase energy levels try Hornbeam and Olive flower essences. Simply place seven drops under your tongue twice a day for about two weeks for a follower-powered boost
Ditch the diet
Going on and off a diet slows your metabolic rate and saps your energy, and is a common reason for fatigue. Rather than cutting kilojoules increase your exercise, which burns kilojoules and helps decease fatigue-related moods such as depression.
Do you feel lethargic if you forgo your morning cup of coffee? Then you might be addicted to caffeine.
While caffeine temporarily boosts temporarily boosts alertness and overcomes fatigue, overdoing it can keep you awake at night, making you even more tired during the day.
Try herbal tea instead It’s full of healthy anti-oxidants and can help boost your metabolism.
Join the Q
The anti-oxidant coenzyme Q10 plays a vital role in the energy production of cells and helps protect the body from free radicals.
It can also prevent heart disease and high blood pressure and is believed to reduce fatigue. For a Q10 boost, eat more beef, spinach, sardines, tuna and peanuts.
Get your exercise on
It’s understandable that after a long day at work all you really want to do is veg out on the couch, but this will only make you feel more lethargic.
Even though it might take a monumentous effort, it works as your body has a tendency to adapt to its requirements, so through being more active and using more energy your body will naturally produce more energy..
If you’d rather pull your hair out than exercise, choose something that is fun as you are more likely to keep it up.
Phew after all that I need a rest – joking!
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