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For many of us, our routines may be a little off, and we can find ourselves feeling a bit more groggy than usual. We may be tempted to head to a drive-thru and grab a big iced coffee, but sometimes gulping a big caffeinated drink may give you a bad crash and end up making you more tired. Many people rely on caffeine or supplements to provide them with a little boost, but there are ways we can adjust our lifestyle to give us extra energy.
Instead of grabbing a sugary energy drink, try incorporating some things to your day to day life to offset the feeling of not being able to get off the couch.
Manage your Zzzzzs
Are you busier lately? It is easy to forget about your sleep routine and push back your bedtime, especially during the summer months. While it sounds like an easy task to get a full night's rest, a third of Americans don't get enough sleep.
While getting a full night's sleep is a must to help boost your energy, oversleeping can make you feel just as sluggish as not sleeping enough. It's best to get the suggested 7—9 hours of sleep every night. If you find yourself sleeping for much longer, you may want to avoid napping and spend less time in bed scrolling on your phone.
Need tips on how to get a better night's sleep? Read our tips on getting a good night's sleep.
It is no secret that drinking more water in a dry climate like Colorado is beneficial, but it can also help you combat fatigue. Thirst is often a sign of fatigue and drinking something else other than water can make you feel worse. Skip those sweet drinks and happy hour cocktails and aim to drink up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated will not only help you feel better but also may prevent headaches.
Incorporating regular exercise in your day to day life will help you have more energy and make you feel less stressed due to endorphins it creates. But you do not need to start training for a half-marathon quite yet. Start by walking, riding a bike, and doing low impact exercise like yoga.
Studies have suggested that taking a 10-minute break to go on a walk can provide much more of an energy boost than downing a sugary snack. Plus, exercise can provide long term health benefits and help reduce the risks of health conditions like diabetes.
Manage Your Stress
We all know life can be stressful from time to time— especially in the past few months. But being always stressed can take a toll on you, as it can take up a lot of energy and make it hard to concentrate and relax. If you find yourself more stressed than usual, try meditation or breathing exercises like tai chi or yoga. If you feel that you need to speak with a medical professional about your stress, read our guide on the Friday mental health network.
As always, please contact the Friday Care Crew if you have any questions or concerns.