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From time to time, many of us rely on caffeine to get us through the day. The day-to-day demands from life in general, family, and work commitments can all take their toll and leave you feeling like you are burning the candle at both ends, even if you aren't.
But aside from guzzling copious amounts of java each morning, what can you do to help you naturally increase your energy levels without that dreaded mid-morning slump?
Reduce Stress Levels
The weight of stress can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of exhaustion and lethargy. Talk to someone who you trust if you feel stressed, or pay a visit to your doctor to enable you to work through your worries and regain your natural energy levels with less on your mind!
Exercise has many health benefits, and as our bodies are designed to move, they reward you when you do move them. With regular exercise, you will notice an increase in your fitness levels. Your energy levels will slowly start to improve to meet your new level of fitness.
Change Your Diet
Drinking more water, eating less sugary treats, including more fruit and vegetables are tips we all know we to do.
But if you aren't doing them as much or as regularly as you should, then you will notice your energy level slumping, and you will feel the effects of a poor diet quite quickly.
But the same can be said for changing your diet; in a few weeks of eating better, you will notice that you are more energetic and feel less sluggish.
While coffee can give you that mid-morning or afternoon slump, you can choose an alternative to coffee that will boost your energy levels without all the jitters that come with a few too many cups of coffee per day.
Adding BCAAs to your diet, especially pre-workout, can also help you naturally increase your energy levels.
Avoid Having Lie-ins
It may feel like the most natural thing in the world to have a lie-in on the weekend. But deregulating your sleeping pattern can lead to sleep deprivation and restless sleep throughout the week.
Create a sleeping schedule that works for you and stick to it every single day.
If you feel tired, try to start a relaxing bedtime routine earlier every night instead of sleeping at the weekend's altar to get the optimal sleep duration.
Drink More Water
How many cups of water do you honestly drink per day?
Our bodies need a lot of water to help perform even the most minor tasks. Becoming dehydrated regularly will sap your energy levels.
Drinking when you are thirsty is probably already too late as thirst is a sign of dehydration, as is fatigue.
So be sure to drink little and often throughout the day to ensure adequate hydration levels and stick to plain water if possible or with a slice of lemon or lime.