9 tips to boost your energy - naturally - Harvard Health - Deepstash
9 tips to boost your energy - naturally - Harvard Health

9 tips to boost your energy - naturally - Harvard Health

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9 tips to boost your energy - naturally - Harvard Health

Stress-induced emotions consume huge amounts of energy.

Talk with a friend or relative, join a support group, or see a psychotherapist to help diffuse stress.

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Lighten your load

Overwork is one of the main reasons for fatigue. It can include professional, family and social obligations.

Try to streamline your list of "must-do" activities. Set your priorities and pare down the less important tasks. Consider asking for extra help.

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Exercise

Exercise gives your cells more energy to burn and circulates oxygen. Exercising causes your body to release stress hormones that in modest amounts can make you feel energized.

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Smoking siphons off your energy by causing insomnia.

The nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, so it speeds the heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain-wave activity associated with wakefulness, making it harder to fall asleep.

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  • Avoid napping during the day.
  • The first night, go to bed later than normal and get just four hours of sleep.
  • If you feel that you slept well during that four-hour period, add another 15–30 minutes of sleep the next night.
  • As long as you're sleeping soundly the entire time you're in bed, slowly keep adding sleep on successive nights.

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Eat for energy

Eating small meals and snacks every few hours can reduce your perception of fatigue because your brain needs a steady supply of nutrients.

Eat foods with a low glycemic index to help you avoid the lag in energy that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches. Foods include whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive oil. Proteins and fats have glycemic indexes that are close to zero.

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Use caffeine to your advantage

Having a cup of coffee can help sharpen your mind, but you have to use it judiciously.

Coffee can cause insomnia, especially when consumed in large amounts or after 2 p.m.

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Avoid drinking alcohol at lunch. The sedative effect of alcohol is especially strong at midday. Avoid a five o'clock cocktail if you want to have energy in the evening.

If you're going to drink, do so when you don't mind having your energy wind down.

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Drink water

If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue.

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