Recharge Your Battery
It is during this time of year, as the leaves fall, the temperature drops and the amount of daylight lessens, that I seem to have more frequent conversations with friends, family and colleagues about managing low levels of energy. Though it may seem like caffeine and sugar are the answer, science suggests that they are merely short-term fixes that in fact, lead to more lethargy over the long-term.
As UHN Wellness continues to strive to provide you with accessible and effective tools and resources for improving your overall well-being, I invite you to practice any of the following energy boosters, as often as possible:
Breathe deeply. Breathing in a deep, slow and more regulated manner helps energize the body’s cells, which has been shown to slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure and improve circulation, ultimately leading to improved energy levels.
Get moving. A study published in Personality and Social Psychology suggests that simply going for a 10-minute walk can increase your energy for two hours afterwards. That’s a solid return on investment, if you ask me.
Eat breakfast. Research suggests that those who consistently eat breakfast report improved mood and increased energy throughout the day. There are also studies that have found, missing any meal during the day can lead to increased fatigue.
Choose whole grains. Studies show that consuming whole grains, as opposed to refined sugars, can lead to a steady release of fuel that in turn provide consistent and balanced energy levels. Refined sugar consumption invokes a quick spike in blood sugar levels and a quick energy boost. The problem is that the quick spike is followed very closely by a rapid drop in blood sugar, leading to feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
Sing along. A study of college students showed that by singing along to a song, as opposed to simply listening to it, had a significant impact on increased energy levels. What songs do you enjoy singing along to?
Learn something new. A University of Michigan study showed that employees who learned something new significantly improved energy levels and their ability to overcome the mid-afternoon slump compared to those who simply continued to perform familiar tasks.
What else do you do to boost your energy levels?