Do you feel it? I do, from time to time â€¦ that all-out sensation of gravity pulling my body downward to a place I don’t want it to go. It’s energy drain. I’m dealing with it today, and I’m assigning blame to the cloudy, rainy weather. I felt it yesterday at around 2 p.m., then realized I’d been so busy I hadn’t eaten my lunch yet. Whatever the reason for that inferior energy lapse, here are some helpfulâ€”and simpleâ€”solutions. (Alert: browse all the means through for a special giveaway “hidden” inside this post!)
- Drink Water. Pour yourself a tall cool glass of water. You might already know that sometimes we think we’re hungry when the culprit is thirst. But thirst can cause fatigue, too. If water is not your thing, eat fruits or veggies high in water contentâ€”these include watermelon (my fave!), iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers and celery.
- Get Up and Move. Sitting aside from being really bad for your healthâ€”can make you so fatigued that you’ll be fighting to keep from sliding off your chair. Get up and moveâ€”it’s an instant energizer. Even five minutes can invigorate you. March in place, do some Rockette-style kicks, run up and down the stairs, grab a hula hoop, jump up and downâ€”you get the idea.
- Eat Complex Carbs. Carbohydrates provide your body with energy, especially your brain and nervous system. Avoid highly processed carbs, though, which provide very little nutrition. Instead, increase your consumption of complex carbs by reaching for whole-grain rice, breads and cereals, as well as legumes (beans, lentils, dried peas). Get your natural sugars from fruits and veggies rather than refined sugars.
- Deal With Stress. Being anxious, worried or angry takes a lot of energy and can leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon or took a six-hour exam. Just as muchâ€”or moreâ€”energy goes into holding in those feelings. So, acknowledge them and move on
- Meditate. Lots of studies have pointed to the fatigue-fighting benefits of meditation. Try a simple mini-meditation of about three minutes. It can restore your energy and can be done just about anywhere. For a quickie pick-me-up, close your eyes and begin to relax your body. If thoughts intrude, picture a relaxing sceneâ€”clouds floating in the sky or perhaps a beach at sunset. Breathe deeply and evenly.
- Eat a Fruition Bar. PROBAR, a natural foods and snack company, just came out with this “superfood snack,” its first certified gluten-free product. These 160-calorie, chewy, dense snacks are 100 percent vegan, organic and non-GMO. They’re filled with healthy treats like dates, oats, chia seeds and cashews. The peach was my favorite, however you cannot get it wrong with the opposite flavors like cherry, lemon, blueberry, chocolate orange and cran-raspberry, either.
- Enter a Giveaway. There’s nothing more energizing than a little competition and hope. The PROBAR folks are generously offering my readers access to their new bars by giving away one box of mixed flavors (12 bars in all) to one lucky winner.