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Are you a bit drained lately? No matter how much you sleep or nap, you still end up feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Are you getting in trouble because of it? Feeling anhedonic (losing interest in activities you would normally feel excited about) from time to time is natural. It doesn’t mean you have a mental disorder right away – but it could lead to it (Read:

Natural Ways To Increase Energy Levels

increasing-energy-levels

Are you a bit drained lately? No matter how much you sleep or nap, you still end up feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Are you getting in trouble because of it?

Feeling anhedonic (losing interest in activities you would normally feel excited about) from time to time is natural. It doesn’t mean you have a mental disorder right away – but it could lead to it (Read: https://www.medicaldaily.com/constantly-sitting-down-being-sedentary-could-worsen-anxiety-and-mental-health-338952. It could be the weather, the atmosphere, or situation making you feel off or out of it. On days like this, your favorite ice cream would taste a bit bland, your favorite movie would seem like a bore, and even talking to your most favorite person in the world would seem like a drag. 

You know what some people call this kind of feeling? A slump. That is why expressions like “I feel like I’m in a slump” or “I’m feeling rather slumpy today” are commonly used by generations today. What you need to know about experiencing slumps however, is that they’re temporary. Don’t jump into conclusions and tell yourself that you’re being attacked by depression. If it persists or shows other symptoms, ask help; get diagnosed. Here are some alarming symptoms that can help you recognize depression early: https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/recognizing-symptoms

If not, and you’re only feeling constantly uninterested in everything, then you may be faced with another problem: Low Energy Levels (LEL)

When was the last time you had decent sleep? A 12-hour irregular sleep is nothing compared to 4 hours of deep slumber. Know that your body’s energy does not depend on the quantity but the quality of sleep.

What kind of food do you eat? Three cheap meals a day isn’t going to cut it. Choosing high-nutrient meals will overpower cheap (low quality/low-nutrient/junk food) eats of any quantity any day.

When was the last time you lifted a finger? That’s just an expression, of course. What we mean to say is if you’ve managed to get your body moving these days. In other words, exercise. If you have been exercising, how much?  

When was the last time you laughed your socks off? If you haven’t had a good laugh in a while, then no wonder you’re feeling so grumpy. As they say, there is no better medicine than laughter.

If reading these questions has thrown you into a state of confusion, then you’re probably not spending your days right. No wonder you’ve been feeling so sluggish! In order to improve your physical health and overall mood, you have to start with improving your way of life.

Here are a couple of ways you can naturally increase your body’s energy levels (brought to you by people who absolutely care for your health!):

Hydrate Often

Among our body’s needs, water is pretty crucial. It probably sits right next to oxygen. Water keeps our body hydrated; it is involved in many of our bodily functions and also plays a big role in flushing out toxins from our body. Getting your own fill of water – which should be around 6 to 8 glasses per day – is necessary to achieve better health. Drinking more water is likely to increase your energy levels as it refuels your body’s need of hydration. It also prevents your skin from going dry and helps you avoid simple yet easily obtained illnesses such as the common cold and sore throat. 

Eat Healthy

Next, including more high-nutrient food in your diet will definitely help improve your energy levels. In the first place, food is mostly responsible for supplying our body with the energy it needs to function. Sugars and carbs are converted into glucose as soon as they enter the digestion process. Glucose, in layman’s terms, is like food for the cells. The better the quality of food they get, the healthier the cells become.

On that note, it is important that you understand that not all food have the same effect on your body. Fatty food, for example, does not increase your energy levels. In fact, it reduces it – making you feel sluggish, heavy, and sleepy half of the time. It also has many other perilous effects on your body and has been linked to many serious diseases and illnesses. Here’s a list of delicious snacks and treats that can make you happier!

Sweat A Bit

When people think about exercise, they think about pain, getting tired, feeling sore, and whatnot. In other words, people have many negative misconceptions about exercising. But really, almost none of them are true.

At first, feeling sore and tired after hitting the gym or doing some reps at home is normal. Your body is not used to the stress. In fact, if you’re feeling so sore that you can’t even move your legs, it means that your body is so shocked about your sudden lifestyle change that it can’t even cope as fast as it would normally. You have to tough it out until your body has adjusted to the change. After your body adjusts, your body will start feeling lighter, brimming with energy.

So, to clear up the misunderstandings: Exercising does not decrease your energy levels. It actually does the opposite. You should really get out of that recliner chair and start moving.

Get Good Quality Sleep

You can read every book about health and it will tell you the same thing. The two things that our body really needs to recuperate from ANYTHING are: (1) a long sleep and (2) a good laugh. Sleep is vital to human health. It is when we fully shut down that our body can repair and replace everything that needs attention. When you sleep, you also give your organs a rest. They don’t stop functioning, of course. They’re just taking a breather – just like how you’d walk while you catch your breath before you go for another jog.

Our body needs a break. Our brain does too. Getting enough sleep allows our bodies to catch up with everything it needs to do and fix whatever needs fixing. Never ever underestimate the importance of sleep. 

Surround Yourself With Positive People

Lastly, there are times when the cause of our body’s lack of energy isn’t something internal but external. When you’re surrounded by negative vibes all the time – sour people, unhealthy environments, shallow relationships, etc. – it is normal to feel down or slumpy. If this is the case, the solution is actually pretty obvious. What you need to do is to distance yourself from people, things, and events that make you lose your lust for life and adventure. You deserve positive people that will exert positive influence over you. Don’t settle for anything less. 

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