1. Skipping your workout when you’re tired
Our natural instincts call us to crawl into bed when we’re feeling tired after a long day but studies show you should do the opposite.
“Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.”
Exercising 2-4 times a week can improve your overall energy levels, so make sure to head to the gym once you clock out at 5!
2. Not drinking enough water
Not drinking enough water doesn’t allow your body to function properly, leading you to feel tired and sluggish. Make sure you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day!
I’m the first to admit that this is what drains most of my energy. For my fellow perfectionists, we want to accomplish a million things in one day and that usually leads to one of two things: 1) You accomplish it all and are exhausted at the end of the day or 2) You are disappointed you didn’t get to everything you wanted to get to that day.
Simply set realistic goals for yourself and allow a good time frame to complete them. Don’t forget to prioritize and say no to the things that aren’t that important!
The truth is the mind is what truly controls everything else and if you can’t control your thoughts, chances are your negative thoughts are overpowering you and draining all of your energy.
Try to counteract every single bad thought with a good thought. Additionally, start off your day with some meditation or inspirational quote that will keep you motivated and thankful for what you have!
6. Skipping breakfast
Food is your body’s fuel, so skipping breakfast will automatically start you off on the wrong foot. And no- breakfast is not a doughnut and sugary orange juice.
Fuel your body with a breakfast full of nutrients! Be sure to have protein like eggs, protein shake, or greek yogurt, along with some fruits and a healthy carb like oatmeal, whole wheat bread, or mix it all up and make protein pancakes!
7. You have a high sugars & carbs diet
“Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day” says Dr. Goodson.
So skip the junk food and grab some high protein snacks instead!
8. You have a messy office/home
“A cluttered desk mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information, according to a Princeton University study.”
9. You rely on caffeine
If you’re like almost every other american in this country, chances are that you are a coffee addict. Coffee can actually have positive effects on short and long term memory, but when you have an excessive intake, it’s benefits could backfire. Drinking excessive amounts of coffee will lead you to crash terribly, resulting in worse energy levels than you originally had.
Keep the morning coffee, but make sure you start cutting back on your intake! Try switching it up for some Green Tea for some natural caffeine.