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It’s so very easy to forget to take care of ourselves in our hectic daily lives. With so many things to do each day, we often put ourselves at the bottom of our list of priorities. But this only leaves you feeling drained and with very little energy to devote to ourselves and the quality moments with our families.
I know that we all dream of long holidays when our energy levels drop, which is always a great idea. But there are other ways that you can consistently boost your energy every day, here’s a few of them..
1: REDUCE SUGAR
It’s oh so easy to get hooked on sugar, it can be found in so many foods and to some quite horrifying levels! It’s said though that removing it from your diet has a profound effect.
I’m more of a ‘things in moderation’ kind of girl and so I’ve been making a conscious effort to reduce it in my diet this year and I’ll see where it takes me. I’ve never been one for fizzy drinks or snacks but I do love my home cooking and so that’s where I’ve had to make the most effort and double check new recipes before giving them a try!
You know I’m all about those small steps and so try replacing one thing in your diet at a time, maybe the amount of sugar in your tea, switch the fizzy drink at lunch for water or say no to those afternoon snacks! Slow changes will make the transition so much easier, I promise.
2: SLEEP WELL
Sleep is vital to our wellbeing. Make sure your bed is a haven, instead of a place to catch up on emails or Facebook messages – all of the light emitted by our devices really affects our ability to sleep. And, the better you sleep, the more energy you’ll have the next day.
It also helps to go to bed at the same time each day. This sends a message to your brain that it’s time to settle down. Try and wind down for at least an hour beforehand too – avoiding sugar, caffeine and alcohol – while keeping the lights a little dimmer than usual. Avoid exercising too close to bedtime or working too late if that’s possible.
3: REDUCE PROCESSED FOODS
Processed foods tend to be filled with undesirable things – sugar is the obvious offender. Yet many will have been pumped full of untold chemicals as well – all to make sure the food looks, tastes, and smells as addictive as possible. And that’s the point – to get us to keep buying those items, even when they are no good for us.
Learn to read the labels on your food and avoid anything that contains a long list of ingredients or contains high levels of fat or sugar.
Eating natural, unprocessed, healthy foods gives us more energy and keeps sluggish feelings at bay for far longer. Try it – you might be surprised how differently you feel.
4: EXERCISE DAILY
I know this conjures up images of trips to the gym and classes that you just don’t enjoy but it doesn’t have to be that way! All types of exercise helps and some of it can be enjoyable.
I make sure I walk every day, and I know I always feel better for it. I walk for at least 30 minutes every morning (longer at the weekends), and often go for a walk in the afternoon as well. Even if the weather isn’t good, the exercise always sets me up for the day. It freshens and clears my mind, stretches my muscles, and gets rid of any sluggish feelings I might have.
5: RETREAT INTO NATURE
Imagine a beautiful scene in nature, it could be a waterfall, a quiet forest, a mountain… anything like this will work. How does that make you feel?
Chances are, you’ll feel calmer just imagining it. I appreciate that we can’t escape to these peaceful locations everyday but there’s usually somewhere that we can retreat to that can have a similar effect.
If you live close to a forest or park, head there each day if you can – even if only for 15 minutes or so. You might be surprised how it makes you feel. If you aren’t fortunate enough to live somewhere like this, escape into your garden, or make a small space with some greenery. Most of us are within easy reach of nature in one way or another.
Try these five tips for enhancing your self-care routine. Let me know how you get on – and how much better you feel!
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.