When that “2:30 feeling” seems to linger from your first waking moment to your last no matter how much sleep you get, it’s time to reassess what’s pulling at your energy stores. It could be stress, it could be diet, it could be burnout … and while these are all very common and prevalent reasons for fatigue, there are a few hacks you can jump into right away that will help you get a little more pep in your step.
Try a vitamin B supplement.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that up to 20% of adults may have a vitamin B12 deficiency. This is especially common in women, as oral contraceptivescan cause B12 deficiencies as well. This can have an effect on our hormones, mental health, and overall energy. Taking a B complex can help, because it includes all the essential water-soluble B vitamins, aka thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid, and the cobalamins (B12). While B vitamins won’t quite give us the stimulating jolt of coffee, they will give a noticeable energy boost because they help convert dietary energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), so it’s best to take them in the morning when we’re hydrating.
Get in the habit of pausing to breathe.
Most of us don’t realize it, but we often take very shallow breaths throughout the day. While we don’t encourage hyperventilating, pausing a few times a day to take some slow, full, mindful, cleansing breaths can have a big impact on our energy and clarity. A rush of oxygen to the brain can boost our mood, our energy levels, and our thinking power.
Think about it. When our skin is dry on our face, we look a little sad and tired. When properly moisturized, we look plump and vibrant. Hydration from the inside out is crucial to keep our minds and bodies lubricated and vital. Stay hydrated throughout the day, making it the number 1 priority. Often we get a snack craving not long after eating, but it’s really just our body’s way of asking for a little hydrating input. Drink water and herbal teas, add electrolytes and lemon, and eat high-water snacks like watermelon and cucumbers to keep the body functioning optimally.