Do you ever feel too tired to carry on? As our lives get increasingly hectic, fatigue is affecting more people than ever before.
Godfrey Madanhire, professional life coach and inspirational speaker, says that 90% of his clients complain of exhaustion.
"The bad news is that there’s no quick fix for long-term fatigue," says Madanhire. "But there are a few things you can do right away to boost your energy levels, help you de-stress and keep you going for longer."
Instead of reaching for your third (or fourth) cup of coffee when you hit that midday slump, try going the natural route. A cup of green tea has less caffeine in it than coffee does, but it also has a natural stimulant in it called theophylline that has the same effect but won’t give you the jitters.
The antioxidants in green tea will give you an anti-ageing boost at the same time, too.
There are a number of apps you can download for your phone that will guide you through de-stressing and energising yoga positions you can do in the office (when nobody is around, of course).
You could also download a meditation app and spend a few minutes focusing on stilling your mind during your lunch break. Meditation has been found to increase energy, improve our ability to deal with stress and improve concentration levels.
Time in the sun
A lack of vitamin D can leave you feeling tired, weak and depressed. Overweight people, people with darker skin and people who spend a lot of time indoors are more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
Exposing your skin to the sun, without sunscreen, for 30 minutes twice a week should help your body make all the vitamin D you need – just avoid the sun between 12:00 and 15:00 when it’s at its strongest. If you think you might be deficient in vitamin D it’s a good idea to see your GP and ask for a blood test, just to be sure.
Experts have found that visualising someone or something you love stimulates feel-good chemicals in your brain. The endorphins released when you’re visualising will help combat stress, up your energy levels and boost your mood.
Take a few minutes to picture a loved one when you feel a slump coming on.
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