Let’s be honest, most of us could do with having more energy, especially with the heavy workloads that come with being a lawyer. We often rely on stimulants to keep us going, but have you noticed how they no longer seem to work after a while? A study confirmed that stimulants only work for four days, as they become ineffective in helping with energy levels thereafter. Furthermore, your energy levels may also fluctuate throughout the day. Do you typically suffer from the ‘energy slump’ after lunch?
Boosting your energy levels is something that you can easily achieve within a week with these 5 simple tips:
1. Do make time for sleep. Energy is directly linked to the quantity and quality of your sleep. Are you getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep consistently? At the same time every night? Do you sleep in a quiet room which is also pitch dark? Is your mobile phone switched off? All these factors have an impact on the quality of your sleep and how refreshed you will wake up each day.
2. Are you drinking enough water? Most people don’t realise that they lack energy as the direct result of dehydration. You need to drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day (i.e. is your urine a pale yellow). If not, start to gradually increase the amount of water you drink, and feel the difference in only a few days.
3. Take a good quality multivitamins and minerals. We all tend to believe that we have a good diet, but are we really getting all the vitamins and minerals we need, consistently? With intensive farming, the soils are becoming depleted in the vitamins and minerals that we need to thrive. Food-based multivitamins are the best: the body recognises these molecules because they are natural, as opposed to the synthetic ones, so it is better able to absorb and use these nutrients. Look for the ones with a high content of B vitamins, also called the ‘energy vitamins’. But this is only a quick fix, having a good diet is key.
4. Get organised. The stress of a long To Do list may be enough to drain your energy levels alone. By getting organised and planning a manageable week, you reduce your stress levels, and as such keep your energy high.
5. Try eating low glycaemic index (GI) foods – that’s mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat, fish, beans and pulses. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. A low GI diet will help you keep your sugar level steady and help you avoid the rollercoaster of high and low energy levels after meals.
These 5 tips may seem very simple, but sometimes it doesn’t take more than this to make a substantial difference. If you don’t feel an improvement after consistently following these steps for a month, then I would suggest getting this investigated further, as the reason may be medical rather than your lifestyle.
‘Severine Menem is a Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach that specializes in gastrointestinal health and weight management. For further information please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org’.