Marilu.com member Furlara shares her secrets for having more energy. These are tried-and-true strategies that work independently of each other, but together make a huge difference in way you feel. We dare you to try this yourself.
Sleep: I don’t get enough. But I find that I have great energy if I go to bed and rise at the same time every day. If I gravitate an hour outside of the range, I can feel the difference. So give it a try. Whether you get 6, 7, or 8 hours of sleep a night, make sure that you go to bed and get up about the same time. One day a week, also go to bed one solid hour earlier than normal (sleeping in an extra hour doesn’t give you more energy, but going to bed one hour earlier does). Don’t oversleep on the weekends and go to bed or get up outside of the range to any significant extent. Consistency is key. Quality over quantity is important too.
Water: For days in a row, drink at least 32 oz of pure water (if not more). If you consume coffee or tea, drink more. If you do well with water one day but not another, it can affect your energy. Keep it consistent for days in a row and see what happens.
Vitamins: I take a multivitamin and fish oil. And I started taking a probiotic supplement two months ago.
Breaks: If you work, take a break every 90 minutes. Studies show that you lose focus and deplete energy at about the 90-minute mark. You just need a 5-minute break to walk around, stretch, eat a healthy snack, read something inspirational, sit in silence, talk to someone, or walk a lap. Surfing the internet does not count. Get away from all electronic devices. If you purposely take 3-5 minute breaks every 90 minutes, you will notice a difference in your energy level.
Food: Make sure that you are having at least one serving of complex carbs per day. Bread doesn’t count. Have brown rice, oatmeal or any substantial grain at least once a day.
Exercise: It is important, but the tips above will work even if you don’t exercise on a given day.
Mental: If you are depressed, overwhelmed or consumed with anything mental, get it out. Try to journal for 5 minutes a day or at least every few days. It makes a big difference in your outlook. Carrying around mental baggage in your head is draining. Put it on paper to gain perspective and to have more mental energy.