Reduce caffeine. It’s a drug that stimulates the nervous system. It is a quick pick-me-up but your energy levels might well slump later on.
Stretching: A good stretch can leave you feeling instantly rejuvenated and full of energy. Easing muscular stresses, improving posture, pumping blood around your body and filling your lungs with air, it really is an instant energiser. If you are healthy and don’t suffer from a bad back try to stretch every day and hold the stretch so that it lengthens the muscle.
Don’t bounce to increase the stretch but wait until the feeling of tension decreases and then increase the stretch a little bit more. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds on each side of your body – if you notice that one side is less flexible, focus on stretching that side until you bring your body back into balance.
There should not be any pain, just a sense of tension and then release as you stretch and relax.
If you are not so healthy and experience back pain see your doctor first, especially as joint flexibility can reduce with age.
GET IN TUNE
You can influence your own physical wellbeing and energy levels through good nutrition and fitness. Our bodies provide us with a great deal of feedback if we choose to stop and listen. Just ask yourself the following questions: have you noticed changes in your energy as a result of what you eat and drink? What happens when you give yourself some time for self-care and a balanced meal? Is your energy expenditure based on driving a car to work or sitting in an office? Are you taking regular exercise? Are you listening to your warning signals or do you tend to keep on going until you have overdone it?
Your brain needs sleep to remember, concentrate and solve problems. Your body needs sleep to mend injuries, fight sickness and grow muscles, bones and skin. If your goal is to increase your energy levels, getting sufficient sleep is the most important step you can take.
To be well rested avoid sugar, alcohol, smoking, caffeine and foods you know will disturb you before bed. Also have a warm bath as this will raise the body’s temperature, which helps to aid sleep.
You don’t want to be too hot or too cold so keep the room at a temperature of about 18C.
Don’t watch television in bed just before you sleep as it will stimulate your senses. Also try to go to bed early and get up early as this will simulate your body’s natural sleeping rhythms. If you do wake in the night don’t look at the clock or start clockwatching.