Do you often feel tired when you wake up despite getting an 8-hour sleep at night? Did you know that there are 7 easy to avoid bad habits draining your good energies more than lack of sleep can?
You’re struggling…again… You’ve slept your allotted eight hours, but you’re still feeling exhausted. It’s almost as if your ‘get up and go’ just ‘got up and went!’ Now you want some concrete ways to reclaim your energy and feel like you are once again up to the task of life.
But before discussing what to do to get your mojo back again, let’s chat about what’s draining your energy. You see, I’ve spent a lot of time working with and helping people to feel energetic again – in fact – it’s the Number One complaint of my patients.
And I’ve discovered that there are a few common areas where people are inadvertently sapping themselves of energy… And maybe you’re guilty of some of these bad habits…
The first bad habit that you should break is sitting too much all day.
Bad Habit #1 Sitting too much all day
Does it sound ironic that sitting too much can drain your energy? But yes, it can! Many people think that only physical activities can suck up energy, so maybe doing nothing at all or avoiding movement can save it.
But, leading a sedentary lifestyle (think ‘couch potato’) impedes proper blood circulation.
You see, your blood delivers oxygen and nutrients needed for energy production to every cell in your body, and your brain requires a timely supply of sufficient oxygen and nutrients to keep you alert and energetic. Without physical movement, that oxygen and nutrient delivery process slows right down. It’s like trying to run a parcel delivery business where all your vehicles have flat tyres – very, very slow deliveries… It’s this slowed-down energy delivery process that makes you feel tired and sluggish when you’re sitting or lying on the couch all day – you know what I mean. Most people with desk jobs feel the same way because they don’t move around enough to get this nutrient delivery process firing on all cylinders.
But I can hear you cry out, ‘I don’t want to hit the gym or run or cycle for hours every day – I don’t have the time – or the energy.’
You don’t actually need to commit to some punishing exercise regime just to keep your blood moving. The best thing you can do is stand up, walk around, or do some simple stretches every couple of hours. For example, you could do a quick walk around the office or up and down the stairs, or some leg, shoulder and back stretches – five minutes and you’re done. What you do isn’t as important as ‘that’ you do something. Moving is the key. I dare you to try it – make the commitment now to do some simple movement every couple of hours while at work or home – and see what happens…
Another energy drainer is insufficient water intake.
Bad habit #2 Having less than the equivalent of eight glasses of water a day
Most of us know that 70% of the human body is made up of water, and we need to keep our water level up for good health. But did you know that we lose about two and a half litres of water a day through sweat, going to the loo and even by breathing. When you fail to replace what you lose, you are at risk of dehydration, and this causes your energy levels to drop.
You see, when you are dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and the blood flow becomes sluggish. When this happens, the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and the rest of the organs throughout your body is delayed. Remember, oxygen and nutrients are converted into energy that is then used by your body’s cells in their daily functions. So the equation is simple:
Delayed delivery of energy sources = low energy levels
It’s easy to say that you’ll drink the equivalent of eight glasses of water, but most people find it difficult to achieve this. Here are a couple of great tips to help you:
- Drink a large glass of water with lemon when you first wake up (you can make it warm if you like). It helps re-hydrate you and assists your body to detoxify.
- Enjoy delicious watery fruit – things like watermelon, oranges, and other fleshy fruit provide water and nutrients to help with your energy levels.
- Have some herbal teas during the day. There are so many varieties of herbal teas out there – enjoy them and benefit from their nutrients and water content.
- Drink a large glass of water a half hour or so before meals – this helps reduce appetite, which helps in weight loss, and rehydrates you.
If you do these four tips every day, you should get the equivalent of eight glasses of water a day without difficulty. For those with kidney or other fluid-related health problems, make sure you get medical advice on how to manage your fluid intake.
Now, let’s talk about how skipping breakfast can cause low energy levels.
Bad Habit #3 Skipping breakfast
C’mon, we’ve all done it – skipping breaky is very common bad habit because we think it’ll help us lose weight, or we don’t have time. But, skipping breakfast could be one of the reasons you’re feeling sluggish and tired. This is because your body burns energy even when you’re asleep. Your heart continuously pumps blood, your lungs continuously breathe, your brain processes your memories and stress, your body tries to repair and replace damaged cells, and so on.
So, after ten hours or longer without food, you need to ‘break’ your ‘fast’ – hence ‘breakfast’.
If you’re in agreement that you should have breaky, make sure that what you eat will give you the best ‘bang for your buck’. To have long-lasting energy throughout the day, choose complex carbohydrates (i.e. green vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, peas, etc.) and protein (i.e. eggs, fish, lean meat, tofu, yogurt, nuts, etc.) for your breakfast. If you don’t believe me that this will work – just try it out for one week. Make sure you have a quality breakfast each day for seven days and see what’s different – you may be pleasantly surprised that your energy levels have improved.
Let’s move on to the next bad habit that drains your energy – using techy gadgets in your bed at night? Sadly, it’s another energy zapper!
Bad Habit #4 Using techy gadgets in bed at night
It’s not a good habit to bring your electronic gadgets into your bedroom. This is because they get your brain and body working when they should be relaxing and getting ready for sleep.
Also, the bright light from these gadgets disrupts the production of melatonin, your sleep hormone.
Many people who use electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops in their bedrooms at night experience disturbed sleep – which affects their energy levels the next day.
This is because sleep is the body’s key period for physical rest, repair and detoxification. It’s also the time when your body processes your experiences and linked emotions from the day. That is why lack of sleep makes you feel physically fatigued and emotionally out of sorts the next day – your body hasn’t had the chance to complete its rest and detoxification, as well as process the emotional components of the day.
So, starting today, keep your bedroom an exclusive place for sleeping and resting. Use a regular alarm clock instead of your mobile phone to avoid the temptation to check your emails during the night. It’s also best to turn your phone to ‘Aeroplane Mode’ while you sleep so that you reduce your exposure to radiation from it. By the way, it’s not just your mobile phone, but all your electronic gadgets – including your laptop, tablet and TV that you want to ban from your bedroom – you’ll really notice a difference in your sleep within a week if you do this.
The next thing that you should look into is your exposure to artificial EMF.
Bad Habit #5 Overexposure to artificial EMF
EMF refers to an electromagnetic field, radiation coming from invisible electrical and magnetic forces. There are two types of EMF; namely: natural EMF and artificial EMF. Among these types, artificial EMF is known to cause various health problems. Artificial EMF is emitted by electrical devices and gadgets including your mobile phone, laptop, TV, microwave, etc.
Artificial EMF can disrupt your body’s natural bioelectrical signals, resulting in sleep disorders, immune problems, stress, and interference with DNA structures and functions. EMF overexposure can also cause fatigue and low energy levels.
Here are some tips to reduce your EMF exposure:
- Keep the television, computer and other electrical devices and gadgets out of your bedroom.
- Use incandescent bulbs (rather than fluorescent) as they have lower EMF emission.
- Replace your WiFi connection with wired Internet connection.
- Keep at least three feet away from the screen when you’re watching TV.
- Turn your mobile phone to ‘Aeroplane Mode’ at night and use an earphone/microphone when having long conversations.
If exposure to EMF concerns you, you can read more about the dangers of EMF in this article: 5 Simple, Effective EMF Safety Tips for Your Home
So far, we’ve covered some very important energy drainers – that if you addressed them, you’d notice a big difference. BUT, there are still two more energy zappers that I encounter all the time. Let’s look at them…
Bad Habit #6 Cluttered environment
Be it in your home or workplace, having physical clutter around you is energy draining. It’s distracting and distressing. Clutter can also disrupt the flow of energy making the natural energy around you become stagnant. Thus, being disorganized is another bad habit you need to let go.
Stagnant energy caused by clutter around you has an impact on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and this affects your energy levels. So start decluttering your place.
Decluttering means keeping your place simplified. It’s the art of letting go. It’s ‘detoxing’ your workspace or home by putting things in their proper places, organizing everything and letting go of the things that you don’t want or need.
You don’t have to do it all at once. Start by putting a box somewhere you often see it. Then, put at least one thing a day in it, anything you’re no longer using like an old t-shirt, a damaged speaker or a spare headset. When the box is full, throw out or donate the contents. Enjoy the freedom and power that comes from taking control of your clutter.
Last but not the least, you prefer quick fix energy boosters over natural ones.
Bad Habit #7 You say “no” to natural energy boosters
When you feel tired and weary during the day, what do you grab to make you feel better? Energy drinks, chocolate bars, coffee, etc? These quick fixes will boost your energy, but only for a short period. Later, you’ll find that your energy has dropped heavily and you’ll have to turn again to another chocky biscuit and a cup of strong coffee just to keep going.
The problem with these products is that they are usually high in caffeine and sugar content. Both substances give you a surge of energy and alertness, but the side effects can take a toll on your health.
If you’re taking too much sugar, your body can’t use all of it as an energy source, particularly when you’re not that physically active. The excess sugar will be converted and deposited as fat! On the other hand, too much caffeine can cause sleep disorders (i.e. insomnia), nervousness, restlessness, stomach upsets, irritability, a fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.
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Today, we discussed seven common energy draining habits and what to do about them. ‘Knowing’ is good, but ‘doing’ is better, so what I’d like you to do now is to commit to doing at least some of the actions I recommended and then discuss with me how you went when you have your next appointment with me. Good luck – and great energy!
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