Do you still feel tired when you wake up, even after eight hours’ sleep? Are you mentally done for the day by mid-morning? You’re not alone. This third lockdown is having a particular effect — sapping energy levels and leaving us exhausted. What we are mostly feeling is not actual fatigue but more high levels of demotivation. Let me share some tips to boost your energy and mood. My first tip for you is to set up two routines.
The first one is including simple markers to structure your day, which could be setting distinct mealtimes or bedtime.
The second one is finding ways to fill up the day ahead when we don’t have access to the things we would normally fill our days with. The important thing here is to think ahead: to schedule exercise, new hobbies, phoning a friend or taking the dog out.
Eat happy foods to boost your energy levels! Nutritional psychiatry has proved that there are links between the brain and the stomach – if your gut feels nice and calm then your brain will, too. Adjusting your diet can have a life-changing effect on your mental health. Here is four tips to help you:
To beat the blues, you need to ensure you have enough protein – full of amino acids, which support our brain – with most meals, and avoid a sugary diet that can send your mood soaring or crashing.
Start the day with a glass of hot water, lemon and ginger. Not only does this drink stimulate your appetite, the regularity of a routine also helps reset your brain.
Eat eggs ! For the rest of the day, concentrate on foods that are full of protein as well as vitamin D, vitamin B (for the nervous system) and zinc (low levels have been linked to anxiety + it has a direct impact on your immune system).
Avoid CRAP: C for carbonated drinks, R for refined sugars, A for aspartame and additives, and P for processed foods. Your gut,mood & energy levels will thank you for that.
Most of us experience a “low-grade mood” in the dark months of winter. We feel less energetic, less motivated. And with less to occupy us, this year it is more pronounced.
Getting outside is crucial.
Daylight at this time of year is not at its brightest, but it is still superior to artificial lighting and holds tremendous value for our energy levels and mood.
Exposure to natural daylight even in winter helps to re-establish our internal clocks called circadian rhythm, and therefore the structure of our day.
The earlier in the day you can get outside in daylight, the earlier you can establish that structure for the day. Even a dim winter day will make a difference to warding off general fatigue.
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