How To Increase Your Energy Level In 5 Easy Ways
Working alone isn’t easy. Especially these days. At least you had a chance up until the beginning of this year to look up from your laptop and have a little laugh with your colleagues to keep you going throughout the day but it’s been so limited these days. Or not happening at all.
Luckily, you have other options to increase your energy and boost those happy hormones with nutrient dense meals and snacks while working from home.
As you spend more time at home than ever, the very first thing you need to make sure of is that you have the nourishing ingredients at home you can use for your recipes. Even if you don’t feel like making everything yourself and all you want is a piece of fruit to snack on, it’s ideal to pick those with a low glycemic index. The lower the GI score, the more slower the rise in blood sugar which can help the body better manage post-meal changes.
Glycemic Index Breakdown:
- Low: 55 or below
- Moderate: 56 to 69
- High: 70 and above
Low GI fruits:
- Cherries (20)
- Grapefruit (25)
- Pear (38)
- Apples (39)
- Oranges (40)
- Plums (40)
- Strawberries (41)
- Peaches (42)
- Grapes (53)
Create Great Eating Habits
“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” - Robert A. Heinlein
I’m a true believer that nourishing yourself from the morning hours until 2-3 hours before bed time is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
To create great eating habits, you need to make sure that you are consistent with your meals and find the best times to have a reasonable size of meal full of whole foods.
Avoid Binge And Stress Eating
Once you create that amazing, new routine for your busy days, you will realise that whole foods and snacks are much more filling - in a good way - so it can improve your eating habits at the same time. 3-4 nutrient dense meals, 1 or 2 snacks a day and the changes will be noticed within a couple of weeks. You should be energised, focused and be able to make decisions easily and efficiently.
Easy Exercise Daily
Again, it’s all about creating a new habit and being consistent with it. Get out there, figure out what you love doing: a nice, relaxing walk after a long, exhausting day with a walking meditation? Jogging or a HIIT session with powerful music? Maybe you’re into some heavy weight lifting? You never know until you don’t try it. Let’s find out now!
Implementing exercises into your routine, improves your mind as well as your body. More oxygen gets into your bloodstream as well as to your brain therefore it improves your focus, your mood and you also make better decisions throughout the day. It also improves your digestion and you get rid of all toxins you’ve been holding onto until now.
Get Enough Sleep
“It’s been estimated that 20–30% of the general population may experience poor sleep, hence missing out on vital rest time” - Healthline
Compromising on sleep is one of the major health issues that most professionals are facing since they step into the working lifestyle.
The best way to improve this is by choosing a relaxing activity 2 hours before bedtime. Whether it’s picking up an old book or taking a long bath will help you to slow down your heart rate and take your mind off of work.
Avoiding your phone in the late hours are also an advantage and definitely a positive step towards a better lifestyle.
You can also put on a calm, relaxing music to help you wind down easily.