When working to optimise energy levels, like many things health, we often hope for a quick fix; something that we can eat / drink or an action we can make which will leave us feeling full of energy and ready to tackle the day ahead.
However, unfortunately, as I’m sure you’ll be aware, that’s not always how it works.
There are however many things in our lifestyle which we can do to support us to feel more energised, motivated and ready to tackle the day ahead, see some ideas below!
Of course, feeling well rested after a good night sleep will leave us with a better chance of being more energised and able to handle what our day has in store. Prioritising 7 – 9 hours of quality sleep per night (depending on individual needs and circumstances) is a good place to start.
Being mindful of putting an evening routine in place to help you to wind down can contribute to the quality of your sleep – so working to take a slower pace during the last hour of the day and avoiding screen time/busyness will help to support this.
Start the day right
Our morning routine has a huge impact on our motivation, mindset and overall energy in the day ahead. Rolling over and logging on to our emails or Instagram first thing could end up filling us with anxiety and influencing our mood, rather than giving ourselves the opportunity to take control of how we feel without influence. Starting the day doing something for ourselves – even something small, is a reminder that we are valued and worthy, and could well activate a positive mindset. Whether it’s a small amount of movement, a meditation, playing your favourite song or enjoying a nutritious breakfast – make time for a snippet of self care first thing and your mood will thank you for it later.
Breaking the fast
Are you fuelling your body first thing? Making your first meal of the day a nutritious, balanced one has the opportunity to leave you feeling positively energised both physically and mentally.
Can you build your breakfast around a combination of complex carbs, protein and healthy fats? Carbs are our body and brain’s preferred source of fuel. Including carbohydrates means energy and fibre! Fibre is gut nourishing and when we nourish our gut – we nourish our mood and mental health too. Protein will leave us feeling fuller for longer which means no mid morning energy dip and healthy fats (omega 3 & 6) work to support brain development - perfect for busy days!
Fuelling our day on caffeine, and winding down on an evening with alcohol will not only provide us with a bit of an energy spike then dip, but will affect the quality of our sleep which as we know, has a knock on impact on our motivation the next day. Staying hydrated will impact our concentration, energy and overall health as a whole. If you love a cuppa on a morning, go for it – but hydrate before you dehydrate.
Although often we put exercise on the back burner when we are lacking energy; regular exercise, and better yet, regular exercise outdoors, can help to boost energy! Getting into a routine with an exercise you enjoy could help to maintain consistent energy levels, however, it’s all about the balance! Listening to your body and its individual needs is so important – if you feel like you have a little energy in the tank, a gentle push to perform regular movement can be just what you need to make it happen. However, if you’re exhausted, burnt out and in need of a break – missing a workout would be more beneficial.
When we are unable to relax, switch off and prioritise rest, we can reach burn out stage, increasing anxiety and overwhelm. This of course will impact energy levels, mood and motivation toward regular day to day tasks. Work to manage stress levels and prioritise daily rest. We all need a break to refill our boots in order to continue at our best.
Here at The Garden we offer a variety of well balanced, nutrient dense meals to leave you feeling energised and fuel your daily to dos. Our juices and smoothies contain a wide range of nutrients which provide a natural boost and we also offer healthy, caffeine free or low caffeine alternatives which may provide a slower release of energy throughout the day. Our ginger and kick start shots are also a perfect pick me up during a mid afternoon slump. Be sure to swing by for an energising garden go to!
Holistic Health Coach - Anna Whyte
The ‘Wellness with Anna’ philosophy focuses on taking a more balanced and holistic approach to health. Often, the tools needed to make a lasting change are already in your toolbox. I offer client led guidance in order to support the progress of an individual working to meet their personal wellness goals. I will not diagnose, treat or take responsibility for bringing about wellness change, but direct, listen and support development. We work together on a journey to make health a main priority, both physically and mentally.