It’s normal to have peaks and troughs of energy levels, but when those troughs are feeling a little deeper than usual, it’s time to reboot and reflect. As well as mental factors, there are many physical factors that could be draining your energy without you even noticing. Try these five nifty methods to kick low energy and fatigue to the door.
Start your day feeling lighter
A sluggish, and poor functioning digestive system can wreak havoc on your overall energy levels. Reboot your system in the morning with a mug of hot water with half a lemon squeezed in. The hot water helps flush and cleanse, whilst giving your metabolism a nice wake up. Adding a teaspoon of manuka honey will also encourage better gut health, promoting overall wellbeing.
Take a caffeine holiday
We know, if someone wanted to take our morning coffee away, we’d be hissing and biting like a rabid beast. That’s probably a great sign that you’re a little too dependent on the daily (ahem, hourly) stimulant. Decaf is a great replacement, but if you’re looking to find a totally caffeine free alternative, try dandelion root tea with a teaspoon of manuka honey.
Set a ‘screen down’ timer
Staring at a screen all day isn’t just a pain for your eyes, the blue light has a huge effect on your brain’s ability to switch off at the end of the day. Triggered by the blue light, your brain doesn’t have a chance to ease itself into ‘bedtime mode’ when the last thing it sees before sleep is a screen. Help yourself get a good night’s rest by setting an alarm an hour before you’re due to go to bed, and read from an e-reader, or a good old fashioned paperback.
Eat your greens
Coming into winter, colds and flus are get around fast, and your body’s immune system is constantly working to fight off nasties. Give it the best fighting chance by keeping your diet packed with green vegetables, and dark fruits, which are packed with immunity boosting antioxidants. If the phrase ‘rabbit food’ comes to mind, why not roast your veggies in a drizzle of manuka honey and olive oil for a mouth-watering meal?
Drink yourself to sleep, with manuka honey
No, we’re not talking about cracking into the red wine before bed as tempting as it may be. In a saucepan, add a cup of milk (your choice!), and add a cinnamon stick, a teaspoon of turmeric and fresh ginger, and a pinch of black pepper. Simmer gently for ten minutes, then pour into your favourite mug, and stir in a teaspoon of manuka honey. The anti-inflammatory turmeric, pepper, and manuka honey helps the body relax and calms the nervous system, making Golden Milk the perfect before bed treat.
We’d love to know if you use any of these methods to help improve your energy levels!