There’s so much you want to do, but you just never seem to have enough energy to get it all done. You start out feeling great, items are getting crossed off your To Do list, but then the crash comes. You start to lose focus and soon you’re fighting to keep your eyes open.
You likely have one or more go-to strategies to try to recover that elusive energy.
But guess what?
It’s very likely that the tricks you’re using are having the exact opposite long-term effect. Here are 5 of the biggest offenders:
Donuts, chocolate bars, licorice, soda, or any other version of the white stuff are a common life line when that afternoon energy crash hits.
You feel tired. You eat a donut. You feel better…
Until you come off that sugar high and crash down even lower than where you started.
Spending the day riding the blood sugar roller coaster is exhausting for your body and actually ends up draining your energy reserves even further.
What to do instead?: Aim to balance every meal and snack with protein, carbohydrates and good fat. Try something like a green apple with almond butter, raw veggie sticks with hummus, or a green smoothie with raw nuts or seeds in it.
Caffeine is like a payday loan on your energy. You’ll get a nice boost up front, but you’ll have to pay it all back with interest later.
Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which makes you feel more alert. But, when you overstimulate you adrenal glands day after day, they start to wear out. Your adrenal glands are responsible for managing your stress response so when your adrenal glands get tired – you get tired.
What to do instead?: Replace your morning coffee with a nice warm mug of herbal tea.
This is tricky because, in moderation, exercise can be VERY beneficial for energy and mood. In fact, lack of regular exercise is a common reason for low energy.
However, this is a case of more isn’t necessarily better. Regular, low-to-moderate impact exercise is great; crushing it at the gym for hours until you puke is not.
Daily high intensity exercise is very hard on the adrenal glands and – as I said above – when your adrenal glands get tired – you get tired.
What to do instead?: Regular exercise is fantastic, just don’t overdo it. And when your body is tired, listen to it and let it rest.
4. Energy Bars/Drinks
They have “energy” in the name, right? They must be the perfect energy booster.
Well, they do boost energy, but they do that because they’re typically packed with sugar and caffeine (see points #1 and #2 above).
What to do instead? Replace the energy drinks with water and pick a balanced snack that will give you a boost without a subsequent crash. See my suggestions in point #1.
5. Push Through
I’m all about a strong work ethic and awesome hustle, but consistently pushing yourself and ignoring your body’s messages that it needs rest will get you nowhere fast.
What to do instead?: Stop trying to be a superhero and understand that recharging is important work too and deserves a spot on your To Do list.
Download my free Tired of Being Tired guide for insight into what might be the cause of your missing energy, specific strategies to get it back, and delicious energy-boosting recipes.