If midlife (and beyond) has you feeling tired or sluggish, you’re not the only one. The insomnia that often comes with menopause can make things worse, not to mention all those things on your to do list that aren’t going to cross themselves off. If you’re feeling like you could use a little energy boost but are tired of grabbing for another cup of coffee, our friend Stephanie has you covered with 6 natural ways to stay energized. Take it from here, Stephanie.
When our energy levels start to diminish, many of us usually pump ourselves up with caffeine and sugar to get us through the day. We may go for days and weeks without getting proper nutrition and rest that our bodies need. We over work, run faster, and push harder, always promising that tomorrow we will slow down to recuperate.
Plus, perimenopause and menopause compounds the exhaustion. One side effect of menopause that many women experience is insomnia. Insomnia denies you essential sleep, which leads to exhaustion and lack of energy. While it can be difficult to regain normal energy levels around menopause, there are several options to keep you up and functioning at your best.
Here are some proven natural ways to stay healthy and energized without resorting to caffeine and sugar.
1. Develop a sleeping pattern
Try not to stay up too late watching TV or endlessly chatting up with friends on the internet. Set up a strict schedule or time when you get in bed. Relax, close your eyes, and don’t think about that email from your boss that you were not able to answer. Once your body gets used to this pattern, you’ll feel more energetic come morning.
2. Exercise regularly
It is widely known that exercise boosts your metabolism and increases energy without caffeine. It keeps you alert throughout the day and is good for your body as well. So, challenge yourself to do jumping jacks or have a short jogging session every day. Ensure that you have an exercise routine in the morning or afternoon rather than in the evening to make sure you “get it in.”
3. Eat healthy snacks
While sweet snacks provide a fast energy boost, a healthy snack such as fruit will bring you longer lasting energy without a crash. Foods that are alkaline-forming, like fruits and vegetables, boost energy. Also try peanut butter and whole wheat crackers or celery, yogurt with a few nuts or a piece of fruit. Baby carrots and a low-fat dip is an excellent energizing choice as well. And, if midlife has brought on bladder leaks, be sure to stick to bladder friendly foods, too.
4. Try meditation
Stress can suck up your energy and disrupt your sleep. Meditation is a great way to beat stress and anxiety. Negative emotions sometimes lead to exhaustion and a lack of desire to be active. You can even learn some breathing and relaxation techniques designed to not only cleanse but to heat and energize your body.
5. Brighten the lights
Make sure that lights adequately illuminate your work and home areas during the day. This is because your mood responds naturally to changes in light. When you are working in a dimly lit area, you’ll likely want to snooze rather than finish an assigned task. Some people even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, when they don’t get enough light. Turning up the lights will help ease fatigue, reduce sleepiness, and increase alertness.
6. Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so you should ensure you’re drinking lots of water. Plus, staying hydrated is actually important to help with bladder leaks too.
Living your life with energy and vitality is important. Nobody deserves to go through life feeling tired and sluggish. So, incorporate these tips into your daily routine to effectively increase your energy levels without caffeine. Let us know how they work for you.
By Stephanie James