From Exhausted to Energized – Naturally!
You know the routine.
You get up in the morning, feed the kids and/or grab a quick breakfast for yourself as you run out the door to go to work. You jump in your car, drop the kids off at school, stop at your favorite coffee shop for a “wake up energy boost” drive to work or back home (if you are a stay-at-home/work-from-home Mom or Dad) thinking about everything you have to get done in your day. The list seems endless but you are up for the challenge, you don’t really have a choice, it’s all got to get done.
You are determined to make great things happen and before you know it, the caffeine has worn off and you are starting to feel tired already and it’s only 10AM! Another coffee or tea and you push through to lunch time. Come 2PM the carbs in that sandwich you had for lunch are start to do their thing – the dreaded food coma begins!
You push on as best you can, finish your day’s work, pick up the kids, make dinner, help them with their homework, get them to bed, clean up and now finally you have some time to yourself, but you are completely exhausted and too tired to do anything. You turn on the TV to zone out with a glass of wine or a cup of tea for a few minutes until you feel yourself drifting off to slumber land. You decide to go to bed and as you put your head on the pillow you think "OMG, tomorrow is going to be exactly the same!"
Sadly, for many people, you are right. Tomorrow will be exactly the same, and the day after, and the day after that unless you change something.
The great news is that there are some very simple, effective, and enjoyable changes you can make to your lifestyle that will not only boost your energy, but they will also improve your mood, your attitude and your ability to get more done without exhaustion.
Over the years as a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist, I’ve helped many people transition from exhaustion to energetic healthy lifestyles and many of their stories are truly inspiring.
The key, in my opinion, is to take baby steps then gradually incorporate more healthy habits into your life and be sure to take a moment to notice and enjoy experiencing your increase in energy.
If you are ready for more energy naturally here’s the five easy changes I want you to make this week:
1. Instead of falling out of bed and dragging yourself to the shower, try jumping out of bed enthusiastically when the alarm goes off and tell yourself “It’s going to be a fantastic day.” It might sound silly I know, but just try it for the next 7 days.
2. Hot Shower / Cold Shower / Hot Shower / Cold Shower
If you can’t handle a full cold shower yet take the shower head and give your feet a cold shower and gradually work your way to the rest of your body.
3. Drink water first!
I know many of you want to get to your coffee ASAP and I’m not going to ask you to quit the coffee. Have a glass of water first thing and if you must have your caffeine you could consider trying tea instead. But either way start your day with water. Keep water on your desk or in front of you all day and drink it; you will feel the difference. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs drink 75 ounces of water as a minimum per day.
4. Treat your body to a healthy breakfast
Put some protein in there to balance your blood sugar.
5. Take a hike
Or two! It doesn’t have to be the whole John Muir Trail. A nice brisk 10 – 30 minute walk at lunch time (after your chicken salad, skip the carbs) and another in the evening. Why not take the family? They will all benefit.
Are you game? Try it for 7 days and let me know how you feel.
You can do this!
If I can help in any way or if you feel your energy loss is due to other health concerns please call the clinic and let’s schedule an appointment to get to the cause of your symptoms.