Everyone has low-energy days but if you regularly feel exhausted at work, take time to learn why. Review some of the habits or issues below that could be draining you.
• Sleep – Get 7 to 9 hours per night. Your goal is to wake up feeling rested and alert.
• Nutrition – For balanced meals, combine high-fiber carbohydrates for energy and protein for endurance. Eat multiple servings of fruits and vegetables each day for a noticeable boost of energy.
• Drinks – Dehydration is an energy thief, while water reduces fatigue – keep it handy. Limit coffee to 2 to 4 cups (200 mg of caffeine) a day. Alcohol contributes to dehydration and reduces your mental and physical response.
• Exercise – It’s critical to all-day energy in keeping your muscles and cardiovascular system strong. Improve your stamina with routine cardio workouts.
• Emotions – Depression and stress can produce ongoing fatigue and sleep problems. Adding exercise and positive social contact may help but talk to your health care provider if your moods don’t improve.
Other quick tips include: stay conscious of how to use your energy, stop rushing and exhausting yourself, watch your thoughts and shun negative ones and review yourself with fresh air.
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