Five ways to support your energy levels
Take a look at these great tips to help fight off tiredness
Feeling a lack of energy? You might be asking yourself “Why am I always tired?” or maybe just feel like you’ve lost your sparkle? It happens to all of us, whether it’s a result of burning the candle at both ends, late nights… or seemingly for no reason at all. There are a number of things that could be making you tired, but there are ways to help tackle it.
Tackle daily stresses
One reason you might always feel tired? Daily stresses which can disrupt sleep. Instead of opting for a glass of wine or bar of chocolate when you feel a bit worn out, try the emotional freedom technique (EFT). In short, it’s ‘psychological acupuncture’ – you tap on acupressure points (ie under the eyes) while saying an affirmation, such as "Even though I have this problem with [X], I accept myself…" It might sound a bit odd, but an NHS study found it significantly improved anxiety symptoms. Go to aametinternational.org for details.
Many people don’t realise that being dehydrated doesn’t just cause headaches, a feeling of hunger and dark wee – it can also make you feel tired. If drinking more water doesn’t sound like the most appealing thing (after all, not everyone likes the taste – or lack thereof), why not try flavoured water instead? Be sure to choose one without artificial flavours or added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives.
Make time for magnesium
The mineral you need to know about? Magnesium. It plays a role in helping our body turn the food you eat into energy – so, pretty important for keeping us firing on all cylinders. We can get it from green, leafy vegetables, nuts, brown rice, wholegrain bread, fish and meat. If you find that you’re not getting enough from your diet, you might want to consider taking a supplement, like Wassen We Support Magnesium (90 tablets).*
Want to learn more about magnesium and its benefits? Take a look at our article.
Go for gum
If you’re finding it hard to concentrate throughout the day, try this trick: chew some sugar-free gum. A study found that those who did chew gum had faster reaction times on tasks that needed longer, more continuous concentration than participants who went gum-free. Keep a pack in your desk drawer and delve in when you need to focus.
Master the art of a 10-minute power nap. A study found it can give you all the benefits of an energy boost, but avoids the risk of ‘sleep inertia’ – that awful, groggy feeling you can get after a long slumber.
If you find that you're constantly feeling tired and it’s affecting your daily routine, you should seek medical advice from your GP.
*Contains magnesium which contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Food supplements should not replace a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.