Do you ever have those days were you just feel sluggish? You’re not able to concentrate on anything and even the most simple of tasks seem like they’re taking too much effort.
This is down to our brains becoming tired, and usually, much sooner than they should be.
We’ve got into lots of bad habits that sap energy from both our bodies and brains, so much so we don’t even realise we’re doing them. However there are 3 simple habits you can incorporate into your daily routine, that will give your brain an extra burst and allow you to maintain constant energy levels.
Drink 500ml of Water as soon as you wake up
This has several benefits. We can get pretty dehydrated during the night and dehydration in itself is a big cause of the body acting
‘slow’. Most people simply grab their morning coffee, or a little juice and carry on, but how is that replacing the fluids your body is shouting out for?
Drinking 500ml of water, preferably at room temperature, fully rehydrates you and allows you brain to fully wake up.
Bonus Tip: The addition of a lemon also gives you a dose of vitamin C and kick starts your metabolism for the day, waking your body too! Did you know if you don’t eat for 12 hours, your metabolism works 40% slower than it’s supposed to? This kicks it in action while you’re waiting to grab your breakfast.
Many recent reports have stated that the 8 hour sleep routine we’ve currently settle into is unnatural. You can feel it yourself! You’re in the office, lunch has come and gone and you’re counting down the minutes until you can leave again. You’re not taking in any information and are unmotivated, the keyboard starts to look like an enticing place to rest your head, and the keys feel so soft….
You get the picture. There comes a time in the afternoon where we all get that little slump. This seems to be between 6-8 hours after we first wake up. Napping refreshes the mind, improves information intake and rapidly increases productivity.
Cut Out Sugar
I know it sounds drastic, but sugar has massively detrimental effects on our minds and bodies. As a race, we have never consumed sugar as much as we do now. What’s worse is, it’s hidden in loads of foods too! So you might think you’re being good foregoing the pastries, but the chances of sugar being present in any processed foods you’ve bought are huge.
Sugar induced highs and crashing lows – You may feel alert temporarily afterwards, but the come down afterwards takes a massive toll on the brain and usually leaves you in a worse position than you were in before.
As with anything you’re used to, it’s hard just to imagine giving it up completely. Start small and reduce gradually. Swap out foods that contain sugar with healthier options, start preparing your own foods from raw ingredients and start paying attention to the sugar content contained in foods. Once you do, you’ll be shocked at how much has been snuck in!