Here are some simple tips for increasing energy and decreasing stress so you can make it through the day.
- Know and respect your boundaries
Nothing adds more stress than trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations and saying yes to everyone. Know your limit and say yes to things that will make you happy and no to things that will add to your stress. Once you start saying ‘no’ people will learn to respect your boundaries and are less likely to demand more than you are willing to give (so you have time to give to yourself!).
- Manage your time wisely
Set priorities knowing you can only accomplish so much in one day. Listen to yourself and if you do not feel like completing a task, switch gears and do a task you DO feel like doing. You can get back to the other task when you feel more motivated.
- Craving a chocolate bar or sugary latte? Have some fruit & protein instead
I know this is hard but sugar can make you irritable and give you an energy crash. Fruit has more fiber and antioxidants that are beneficial to your health and happiness, and adding protein (such as seeds and nuts) will keep your blood sugar, and therefore energy, more stable.
- Practice deep belly breathing
When you are feeling overwhelmed stop and put your hand on your belly. Take 2 minutes to breath in through your nose for 5 seconds and breath out through your nose for 5 seconds. This is an instant way to calm you down, increase your happiness and prepare you for what lies ahead.
- Add supplements to ‘supplement’ your time of stress
Times of increased fatigue and irritability are the best time to be supplementing with vitamins, minerals and herbs. Vitamin injections are another easy way to increase your nutrients to quickly boost your energy and mood—they will be coming to clinic soon so be sure to ask us about it!