The easiest and most natural ways to boost your energy
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It is no secret that we have all been left feeling frazzled and burnt out since COVID-19 hit and forced us to change our way of living. While many of us had the opportunity to work from home, people all over the world were beginning to discover that working from home caused a lot more stress, leaving many pulling longer hours, skipping lunch and finding themselves staying online and connected to a screen a lot longer than usual. At the beginning, there was a myriad of information coming out on how to handle lock down and work from home on the body and mind, however, a year later and surprisingly, the feeling of being fatigued and stressed seems to be riper than ever. Many have tried various medications and interesting routines to help boost energy levels but to no real avail. Today, we’re taking it back to basics and focussing on how you can knuckle down and focus on your health and wellbeing while giving your energy a much-needed boost!
Being tired has many side effects and can be described as feeling fatigued or lethargic which can lead to headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness, impaired concentration, lack of motivation and even moodiness. These kinds of symptoms are fast to seep into your everyday life, and it may become harder to function in your personal and work life, especially if you are working from home where there is more likely to be more distractions. To help your body get back to a good standing, there are a few important things you can do to increase your energy and feel rejuvenated.
Naturally, the first step to ensuring that your body starts to heal itself and ultimately get your energy back to where you need it to be, is to focus on getting a good night’s sleep. Very often, we push ourselves to sleep later and later, especially over the weekend. While sleeping late might give you instant gratification, not getting enough deep sleep is the single most detrimental thing you can do to your health. Sleep deprivation not only causes obesity, heart conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure, but affects mood, weight gain and even your balance.
Eating well requires almost no explanation. One of the most commonly known facts is that your diet is linked to your overall health, wellness and happiness and can either work against you or in your favour. The best way to restart your system and heal your body from the inside out is to eat for your dosha (Find out more about your dosha here). Understanding what saps energy from your body and what gives your energy is just as important as getting enough sleep and looking after your body.
If you are a vatta, then you would do well with warm, sustainable foods that contain fats like butter and nuts. Foods like warm milk, stews and hot porridge along with warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger would help you get back on track. Pitta’s, however, need warm, bitter, cool and sweet foods for ultimate balance. Foods like cold cereals and even a vegetarian diet will help to regulate the body. For the kapha’s, it is recommended to have foods that are spicy, warm and dry like Indian or Mexican food. Taking the step to look after your body through the food you eat will not only give you a much-needed energy boost but give your body a chance to recharge and heal itself with ease.
When you are feeling lethargic and fatigued, the last thing you want to do is work up a sweat. While we understand this, did you know that a lack of exercise and sweat can affect your sleep? Since sleep is also an important pillar in maintaining your energy, the lack of sleep due to a lack of exercise will set you on the fast track to being chronically fatigued.
“How we live our daytime can influence our night time sleep–and vice versa. Therefore, it’s essential to move during the day to burn off energy.” It’s also important to allow time to transition from day to night, which gives the body the opportunity to taper into rest mode.” – Param Dedhia on Goop
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Do what you love and spend some time outside
It’s no surprise that since working from home, you could find yourself feeling somewhat stuck in a rut, often going for days without even leaving your apartment to get some fresh air. Due to this, it is particularly important to switch off (yes, we mean your phone and laptop) and take time out to do something for yourself, whether it be meditation, painting or spending time with your pets. We also recommend taking some time (even once a week) to get out in nature and reconnect with yourself over a gentle walk or picnic in the park. Whatever you do, make sure that you are feeling the sun on your skin and breathing in fresh and clean air to help give your body a much-needed natural energy boost!
At Avalife, we believe in the power of Ayurveda and its ancient healing techniques to help support your body and mind. If you feel like you need something extra to support your positive lifestyle and help increase your energy, then we recommend trying the Avalife ENERGY BOOST capsules as it is made up of an invigorating and carefully formulated blend of herbs to help the body adapt to stress and support healthy energy levels. Avalife ENERGY BOOST is a blend of apoptogenic herbs that are clinically studied for proven results and helps to balance and support the body’s natural ability to handle fatigue and boost energy.