- Craving cup after cup of coffee?
- Yawning at work?
- Falling asleep on the couch at the end of a long day?
If you’re struggling with these symptoms, you could be experiencing what’s called
Sure, improving your sleep quality and/or getting more sleep will help you feel better—but what do you do if you’re still exhausted?
More coffee will likely leave you dehydrated, irritable, and jittery. So give the caffeine a pass because…
I’m sharing my five best energy-recharging tips to help replenish your natural energy and keep you alert all day long:
Healthy fats have been shown to improve cognitive function at any age. Because fats digest slowly, they provide a longer-lasting fuel source for your body and your brain.
The healthy fats you’re looking for are drastically different from typical “fats” found in a deluxe burger or a greasy pizza which leave you feeling bloated and sluggish.
To start, try adding omega-3-rich sources of healthy fats to your diet, such as wild-caught fish, avocados, chia seeds, and nuts.
When levels of your stress hormone (cortisol) are too high, your body is put into fight-or-flight mode and your brain becomes hyper-vigilant.
If you don’t know how to turn your stress response off and calm your body, you’ll eventually be left feeling exhausted and drained.
Easing your body’s stress levels can involve simple activities like walking, stretching, and deep breathing. A simple 5-10 minute cool-down routine like this can leave you feeling calmer and energized.
If skipping caffeine leaves you foggy, muddled, and brings on a bad headache, you might be in need of a caffeine break.
Try going one week without drinking any coffee (or caffeine-containing beverages). The first day or two may be uncomfortable, but you’ll start feeling better by day three or four (I promise!).
Plus, when your break is over, you’ll enjoy and appreciate that morning cup of joe even more than you already do now.
This may seem counterintuitive, but your muscles can become tired from under-use, like sitting at a desk for hours on end. That’s why getting your body moving is one of the best ways to feel instantly re-energized.
Plus, when your body is physically active, your brain becomes flooded with endorphins, telling you this activity feels good and that you should get moving more often! This is a win-win.
Consuming sugary foods can cause your blood sugar to spike, giving you an initial rush of energy and positive feelings…
But when your blood sugar crashes, you’re often left with less energy and more cravings—which can cause you to keep reaching for those sugary snacks, making your energy problem even worse.
So try reducing your sugar intake by picking one sweet snack to avoid for seven days. I bet you’ll soon feel more energetic and clear-headed.
If you’re suffering from symptoms of age-related fatigue, try using these energy replenishers to recharge your body’s batteries and perk yourself back up.
To your health,
Dr. Mark Rosenberg