Just Say No to Fatigue: Simple Solutions for Your Energy Crisis
By Rupina Meer • March 1st, 2012 • 26890 Views
If you're feeling exhausted all the time, and the thought of getting out of bed makes you want to yawn and roll over, you're not alone. Whether you're a committed yogi looking to get more out of your practice, a corporate citizen or a multitasking supermom muddling through an energy crisis, use the below checklist as a tool to manage the energy drainers in your life by: (a) recognizing where they are; and (b) being mindful of how much you choose to pick from the energy-giving plate versus the energy-sapping one. These small diet/lifestyle tweaks will do more for your mojo than a 7 a.m. cup of joe ever could.
1. Sleep--is truly the foundation of your energy, so check in if you’re getting enough. In Ayurveda, sleep is recommended between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. The liver detoxifies between the hours of 11:00 pm – 1:00 am, so if you’re up during those hours, it’s like the janitor comes in to clean the building, but leaves without doing so as there are still people up and about. If you're upast 10:30, your body thinks there’s an emergency and you get that boost of adrenaline and cortisol to keep you going. However, if you’re not getting the right quality and quantity of sleep and you’re constantly relying on fake energy boosters to pull you out of the woods of weariness, you’ll develop a chronic energy deficit. Try going to bed just 15 minutes earlier each day and see how that impacts your energy.
2. Movement--when I worked in the corporate world, my energy would almost always crash around 3 pm. It's akin to your computer going into screen saver mode when you don’t move the mouse for a while. Our bodies are meant to move. And get this: expending energy on exercise actually creates more for you to use. You don’t want to equate movement with only the one hour you spend at the gym, but try to incorporate movement throughout your day. Do quick stretches, like seated chair twists, that will bring fresh oxygenated blood to your organs and re-energize you.
3. Avoid Fake Fuel-- the two biggies are: a) caffeine and b) sugar. Why do I call them fake? Because they give you a sharp spike, but there’s an equal...
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Rupina Meer, Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Health Coaches from Integrative Nutrition’s world-class training program learn from luminaries in the field of health and wellness including Drs....