When you are rushing around from place to place or your to-do list is 3 pages long and counting it can be difficult to remember to look after your body. We have put together our top 5 tips for balancing your energy levels throughout the day so that you can feel great, nourish your body and get things done all at the same time!
1. Morning movement. Those early morning alarms can be a killer! Snoozing the alarm is all too tempting to get in those extra zzz’s, but going from 0 – 100mph in an anxiety spiral because you have 6 minutes until your bus, you are still in your pj’s and have a birds nest as an excuse for hair never set anyone up right for the day! Next thing you know the adrenaline has worn off and you are asleep on the bus and have to drag yourself through the morning. Try setting your alarm a little earlier and having a gentle morning stretch to get your body and your mind ready for the day ahead. Get the joints moving, the blood flowing and delivering oxygen to your muscles and we promise you will feel much perkier throughout your morning!
2. Keep blood sugar levels regulated. Being prepared with some healthy snacks in your bag, particularly if you are dashing around from place to place all day, can be a life saver to avoid an energy crash and hunger pangs getting out of control. Snack on a handful of almonds, a piece of fruit or some raw veggies and hummus (try and opt for one made with extra virgin olive oil). You can pick up such a wide variety of fresh, delicious and healthy snacks from so many more cafes/shops these days so grab some edamame beans from ‘Itsu’ or a couple of boiled eggs and spinach from ‘Pret’ and keep powering on through your day!
3. Little breaks and often.. Hurrah! That feeling when you have been hunched over a desk for 8 hours without a break because you just have a 3 page (and counting) to do list but don’t seem to be getting anywhere.. Yeah that.. We find that taking our attention elsewhere every half an hour or so for a few minutes works wonders for energy levels and productivity. ‘A break every half an hour you say!? How are we to get anything done!?’ Just because you are sitting at your desk with your computer open doesn’t necessarily mean you are being productive or doing your best work. Refresh your mind regularly by taking a few minutes away from that screen. Walk around the office a couple of times, nip outside for a quick burst of fresh air, get yourself to a quiet corner and take some deep, cleansing breaths and move your spine; rotate, roll down, reach to the ceiling and then come back to your work with a fresh perspective (creativity can become a little stale after that sixth hour with no break)!
4. A varied and balanced, wholefood diet can do wonders for a clear mind, healthy body and balanced energy levels. Be sure to include lots of fresh fruit and veg (especially greens!). Think of your body as a car, it can only run on a certain type of fuel so it needs to be fuelled correctly to be able to function properly. A burger and chips every lunch time isn’t going to give your body the right nutrients to function efficiently for the afternoon (unless your job involves falling into a food induced sleep every afternoon). Try to include lean proteins, healthy carbs such as brown rice and grains plus healthy fats- think avocado, coconut oil, seeds and nuts to give your body what it needs. If you fill your body with processed, sugary foods you may get that quick energy burst, but soon enough, you are likely to feel sluggish, groggy and just not your best!
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Water is key for keeping energy levels balanced. Dehydration can make you feel dizzy, foggy and lethargic. Your blood vessels constrict and your heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body as your blood volume increases with less water in your system, so dehydration headaches are more than likely to set in! Start the day with a big glass of water as soon as you wake up and then keep a bottle of water with you to sip throughout the day and aim to drink at least 2 litres, more if you are exercising! You can set regular reminders on your phone to drink a glass of water if you know you usually forget to keep you feeling fresh throughout the long summer days we have been having!