Four Simple Energy Boosts to Make You Feel Better
Hands up who has been lacking in energy the past few months; you’re not the only one. With our routines all over the place and the endless news reports, it’s normal to feel a bit drained.
While starting a brand new workout routine may not seem very appealing, there are plenty of other ways to boost endorphins and feel-good energy. We’ve put together our top four energy-boosting tips below.
Ok, I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but don’t knock it until you try it. Many people think that meditation involves being on a spiritual journey, having oils/incense burners in your room or sitting down for 30 minutes to an hour and breathing. Although this does count for some people, you don’t need to spend hours doing it. Even 10/15 minutes of meditating each morning can boost your overall mood. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, with work, or overthinking situations, mediating can help clear your head, relax your body & set you up for the day. There are many great apps out there that offer free guided meditation (if you don't know where to start). We love insight timer as is offers 100s of meditating options for different types of people (e.g mediating for work, self-care, mothers etc)
If you want to bring some movement into your meditation practice, Yoga is a form of active meditation. It focuses on the mind and body connection and uniting both through your breath.
One of the best energy boosters is getting outside. While it can be difficult in the Irish climate, we live by the old saying that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” - so grab your wellies and raincoat and get outdoors!
Even if it means just walking to the end of the garden, or putting the washing out to dry, fresh air will benefit your overall mood. Being stuck inside all day and not getting fresh air can leave you feeling tired and it’s been proven that being outside for half an hour a day can lower your blood pressure and release stress. Many of us are lacking in Vitamin D, which can cause depression, muscle weakness, pain and fatigue. Vitamin D is naturally present in sunlight, and even on a cloudy day you will reap the benefits of it - just be sure to wear SPF to protect yourself from UV rays.
Cleaning your room
A messy bed means a messy head! Having a clean room can feel like you've just cleaned up your head. Do you make your bed in the morning and tidy up your room? Coming back to a clean room after a long day at the office (be it your home office or being in your office building) can release stress that you didn't even know you had!
Treat your bedroom as your own little sanctuary. Light fancy candles, fill it with your favourite books and prints and make it as cosy as possible.
If you’re working from home, try to get out of bed and work from a different room. By reserving your room for sleeping and chilling out, and you will find it much easier to fall asleep at night.
You are what you eat and it’s especially true when it comes to your energy levels.
Prepping your food with all your favourites and ensuring you're getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins for your day, will help to boost your energy naturally.
If you’re heading out on a hike or meeting a friend, don’t forget snacks and water! Snacking helps regulate your blood sugars and provide an energy boost throughout the day and staying hydrated is key in fighting afternoon slumps.
Having to do a last-minute grocery shop mid-week can be a pain. By planning some of your meals for the week in advance, it can help you feel super organised and give you some time back to focus on the activities you enjoy. If you fancy getting into meal prepping, we suggest getting it all done on a Sunday for the week ahead and storing your meals in some stainless steel containers to make sure they stay fresh.