13 Ways To Boost Your Energy

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Getting more sleep perhaps should be, but isn’t a part of this list.

Because let’s face, if you find yourself constantly feeling tired, the answer might be as simple as that: getting more sleep.

I don’t know about you (well…. I probably do..) but I find it really difficult to focus on anything important when I’m low on energy. Take procrastination, as an example. Most of the time when we procrastinate, we blame it on our low energy levels. You feel drained or tired (be it physically or emotionally) and you start putting things off. You look at your tasks, or things you planned on getting done and you think “nope, I think I’ll try this again tomorrow“. And, as you start putting things off and fall into this pattern of procrastination, you feel even worse for not getting anything done. Then, the anxiety and the worry kick in.

BUT, if you have an abundance of energy, you won’t be able to use your laziness as an excuse.

DON’T SLEEP…. TOO MUCH

We hear that we don’t get enough sleep, all the time, but did you know that getting too much sleep can actually leave you feeling exhausted? It’s argued that ideally, you should get anywhere between 7-8 hours of sleep- anything over 9 hours and you might feel more tired. I personally think that how much sleep you need in order to feel rested, really depends on your lifestyle. I can easily get away with 6 hours of sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Anything longer than 9 hours (when I sleep in on occasion) and I have to deal with low energy levels, back aches and migraines.

EAT LIGHTER MEALS

Hey, it’s totally okay to indulge once in a while, but if you want to feel energized all day long, stick to real food. Before I went plant-based, Mondays were one of my least favorite days. You know why? Because Sundays were for overindulging with food and cocktails. Come Monday morning, I’d feel sleepy and drained. It’s hard to start your week on a positive note, when you feel like crap. Try swapping a few meals for lighter options, like a homemade skinny pizza, a veggie bowl or green tacos. Heavy breakfast can also leave you feeling sluggish, so swap that bacon-egg-and-cheese for something lighter to boost your energy.

TURN UP THE MUSIC

This is one of the best ways to instantly lift your mood and feel energized. Listing to music is scientifically proven to be a very effective tool for relieving stress and combating fatigue.

STAY HYDRATED

Dehydration can cause poor concentration, tiredness and fatigue, so drink up that water. You can experience noticeable fatigue, even if you’re only one percent below your optimal fluid level, this is why staying hydrated is important. I drink a big glass of water as as soon as I wake up. In winter, I love having warm water with lemon, first thing in the morning.

MUNCH ON SOMETHING HEALTHY

Don’t let yourself go hungry throughout the day- you’ll be less likely to make poor choices later on (ever went shopping on an empty stomach? Whenever I do this, I always end up buying like… a half of what the grocery store has to offer). I always carry some almonds and berries with me, so that I can easily snack on something healthy when I get hungry.

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GET OUTSIDE

Go for a quick walk, a run or a hike, if you can. Fresh air can help you concentrate and readjust your focus.

TRY POWER NAPPING

I’m sure you’ve heard of power naps before- they’re scientifically proven to increase your productivity, cognitive function, enhance your memory and creativity and help you feel less tired. The key to successful power napping though, is the length of your nap.

TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS

I work behind a computer, then I come home and usually spend the rest of my day…. behind a computer, blogging. Having a “desk job” means that I HAVE to take frequent breaks. I take a quick walk around the office every 30-45 minutes and have a gentle stretch- this helps me stay more focused. Also, always take the stairs over the elevator.

FRESHEN UP

Grab a quick shower, alternating between hot and really cold water. Hot water will help you release the tension, while cold water will wake you up a little, and help you feel energized.

MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE

If you can, try to rise early and exercise first thing in the morning. Being active first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to not only boost your energy, but to also feel more focused. If you can’t exercise in the morning, don’t worry- the most important thing is that you find time to squeeze in your workout somewhere during your day.

DECLUTTER 

Your room, kitchen, your work desk- whatever your place of work is, make sure that it’s clean and organized- this will help you feel more motivated and it can also reduce any work-related stress. Decluttering your “digital mess” like old emails or unused apps can also prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

TRY PEPPERMINT

As a refreshing essential oil, or as a beverage. I try not to depend on coffee for my energy, but I love my peppermint tea- the aroma itself puts me at ease and helps me clear my mind. You can also massage a few drops of an essential peppermint oil into your wrists or add it to your morning shower- it stimulates mind and improves mental focus.

GET QUALITY SLEEP

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally got my sleep cycle under control. I used to suffer from occasional insomnia and often relied on sleep aids to help me fall and stay asleep. Getting “enough” sleep just isn’t…… enough- you have to get some of that good, quality sleep. I’m talking falling asleep with your TV on, waking up in the middle of the night having to turn your TV off, tossing and turning from being too hot. Each night, give yourself some time to unwind– let your body know that it’s time to to get some rest, so you can relax and have a restful night. If you do this routinely, you will have no trouble falling and staying asleep.

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Is there anything you’d add to this list?

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Power naps, de-cluttering, and listening to up beat music totally boosts my energy! Lovely post <3

    Blessings,

    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • After a day full of computer-filled work, all I want is to move as far away from all screens as possible ;)

  • Loved this post. I didn’t realise sleeping too much could make you more tired but thinking about it, it is actually true.

    Emily X | http://www.emilyy.co.uk

  • you always have such great advice to give to people! I find your posts so helpful! So again thank you for sharing this! I love reading them all! x

    Victoria | http://victoriaahelenn.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kelsey

    Naps are everything! These are great tips! I agree, eating a light breakfast can really help to not feel sluggish during the first couple hours of the day. I’ve never used peppermint oil, definitely will have to give that a try :)

    Kelsey | kelssays.com

  • I should start taking more breaks. So often I want to work a full 8 hours without stopping, but that definitely isn’t healthy. I’m going to start doing some squats every couple of hours and making sure I drink more water.

    Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you had a great 4th of July!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

  • I do love my peppermint tea! At least one mug a day is a must!

  • Thank you for sharing these helpful tips! I have been feeling like my energy has been really low the past few weeks so I’m going to give these a try!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • I agree sleeping too much does more harm than good for me, 6/7 hours is all I need to feel refreshed to be honest. Oh and it’s so true about exercise, I haven’t been doing much since being in Dublin and I can definitely feel a lack of energy. Great post as always lovely x

    Beauty with charm

  • Paula, these are such great tips. I really like the idea of eating lighter meals during the day and carrying around snacks.

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  • I’ve been having so much trouble staying awake lately despite having enough sleep, so I’m looking forward to trying these tips out!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  • Peppermint tea is one of my favourite morning drinks, great set of tips here.

  • The Gossip Darling

    I have had sooo much energy lately! My energy level increased as soon as I started eating healthier and working out more. I’m also drinking more water and cut out alcohol. The combo is totally changing my life.

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  • Very inspiring post with good tips! I have to take more breaks and go for a walk outside! My energy level is too low at the moment :(

  • Such a brilliant list! I’m always looking for ways to boost my energy since I’m one of those constantly tired people. Drinking loads of water, eating healthier and trying to get some exercise in has definitely helped! xx

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  • These tips are so good, have to save for later! Not sleeping too much and eating are my go-to’s fo sure! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  • See, I sometimes wonder about the TOO much sleep thing too! I mean, I definitely need my 8 hours a night to function, but maybe sometimes I overdo it which then leads to me feeling more tired…

  • Seriously useful tips in this post Paula – I totally agree – too much sleep makes me feel groggy as do heavy meals. Everything in moderation :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    This is probably the most useful post for real life you have done yet! I didn’t know too much sleep could lead to feeling sluggish. That doesn’t seem to make sense, but I definitely believe it based off personal experience!

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

  • One of the greatest tips I have read is to put essential oils in your cleaning products then your whole house can smell like lemongrass or peppermint if you prefer, I just think that would brighten up anyone’s mood considerably and it would also make cleaning (if that is something you regularly procrastinate with) not so much of a chore. Great post x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Biana Perez

    I dont think I knew about the peppermint trick – thanks for this girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Great post! Sleeping longer than 8 hours for me always leaves me feeling groggy and sluggish. I feel like I am at my best with 7 hours of sleep!
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  • I find that switching off all electronics, reading a book and having a good nights sleep make such a difference!

    http://www.whynotblog.co.uk

  • You mentioned some important things here :) I’ve been feeling quite exhausted a lot of the time lately and I actually think it’s because I haven’t been exercising or going for a walk regularly. It makes such a difference! x

    Sara / AboutLittleThings

  • Great post! I loved all your tips. Trying to balance work with family life always leaves me exhausted! Decluttering my “digital mess” always helps! <3

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  • I needed this post! I’m always low on energy! I love drinking water with lemon for extra energy. I’m guilty of sleeping too much, then feeling more tired.

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

  • This is a great post! I need to remember these things! I’ve been very sluggish lately, but I hope things will change soon!
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  • Fantastic tips as always! Completely agree that too much sleep is not good at all, if happens to me that I sleep more then 8 hours I always feel sluggish and lazy after I wake up. Also physical activity does wonders to our energy levels, that reminds me I need to start exercising regularly, haha! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • Agree with Dagmara, amazing tips as always :) Whenever I oversleep, I feel like a shipwreck and feel like sleeping constantly so I try to avoid it. 20-30 minutes power nap works for me, however if I pass that then I feel even more tired, it is my limit. I just need to give myself short breaks instead of keep working constantly for hours.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • This is great advice :) Whenever I sleep too much – I always feel worse! I’ve been suffering health-related fatigue at the moment and some of these things I haven’t tried yet so this post was very needed today!
    Alice Whiskey Jars Blog

  • I always, always, always find your posts so helpful Paula! I am a person who is always in need of more energy because I work extremely long days 6 days a week! I’m loving your less talked about tips – like trying peppermint and going outside. GREAT TIPS! Loved this! XO -Kim

  • This is actually pretty helpful. I’ve been bumming out a lot because of bad habits. Posts like these make me feel motivated again. Thanks Paula!

    x, Danielle of http://www.danielleveronica.blogspot.com

  • I thought this was an extremely informative post and I can’t wait to try some of your tips! I’ve been bumming out a lot recently due to health related fatigue and also bad habits, and I’m finally getting back into the swing of those. Although I do find that the colder seasons make me feel fatigue faster because I love staying cosy in my bed

    Maz | http://www.mazrawrs.com | http://www.youtube.com/MazRawrs

  • Great post!!!! Definitely got me thinking about eating a bit healthier and trying to exercise in the morning!! :) xx

    sofiaadot.wordpress.com

  • I know my sleep cycle is what kills me. I try to go to bed early, and some weeks I’m really good and go to bed by 11, but other nights I’m up until 3 or 4 am.. sometimes even 5
    -___- Love these tips!!

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • OMG 5 am? haha that’s when I get up! :) My sleep cycle use to be crazy like that too though. After college, it took me a few years to get it back to normal and I feel like after years of being a night owl, It’s finally back to what it should be haha ;)

  • The Sunday Mode

    I actually feel like I need to get more sleep lately and that’s why I’m so tired, I’m one of those people who seem to need at least 8-9 hours to not feel drained. I do agree that getting too much sleep isn’t great either though!

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au