Ok so if you follow me on instagram, if not, why not? @chlohodgkinson then you’d know that I’ve been a bit up and down for the whole year so far. It’s actually really common this time of year, at the start of the year I mean with the weather being colder etc and illnesses going around but I thought I’d do some research in to to try sort myself out. With the nights getting lighter and the weather getting warmer, if you’re still feeling tired here’s what i tried and what then happened…
- I increased my warm foods.
Illnesses and colds etc thrive in colder environments hence the increase of colds in winter months. Drinking warming drinks (a personal fave is hot almond milk) and warming foods like root vegetables and soups can help reduce the amount the bad bacteria thriving… buzzing.
- Prioritise sleep
Don’t be ashamed to go to bed really early if you need it. Watch the TV programme on catch up and embrace what your body needs. I went through a week period of being asleep before 9, my body clearly needed it.
- Increased calories
When feeling energy depleted, food is the stuff that gives us the energy so I increased my calories to help my body along.
- Keep exercising but reducing intensity
Intense exercise can be really stressful on the body. I dropped the intensity of my workouts and opted for longer walks instead.
- Check Deficiencies & intolerances
You may or may not have seen that when I eat oats they make me sleepy. That seems to be the case for a lot of grains unfortunately *glances at the packet of over priced rye bread I no longer can eat* … knowing what foods make you feel great and others that don’t can really help your energy levels. I know to avoid oats first thing in the morning but things like bananas pre workout make me feel amazing.
I’d also recommend seeing if you have a deficiency somewhere, things like anaemia can cause low energy caused by low iron.
I’d love to know how you keep your energy levels up, I’ve also added in my favourite products that help me with the all the points above.
Wishing you all the energy in the world