How to Combat Low Energy Levels in 2021

April 06, 2021 4 min read

Have you been searching for ideas on how to combat the low energy levels affecting your workdays, family time, and personal health? In this article, we will provide you with several tips on how to fight low energy.

First, it is important to identify the various underlying factors responsible for the low energy levels.

What Causes Low Energy?

Low energy is the feeling of being tired and unmotivated to complete simple tasks, without feeling exhausted or worn out.

Some other symptoms that could be associated with low energy include brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and feeling sleeping during the day.

According to Medical News Today, "Lifestyle factors can cause low energy levels, such as sleep patterns, exercise, and diet. Medical conditions, such as low testosterone and sleep apnea, can also cause low energy levels-"

Here are some other factors that could be causing you to have low energy:

  1. Consuming too many refined carbs
  2. Living an inactive lifestyle
  3. Not getting enough sleep (quality sleep_
  4. Not eating enough calories
  5. Low iron and protein intake
  6. Food sensitivities
  7. Not enough hydration
  8. Diet in general
  9. High-stress levels

Sunrise Sensations wants to share with you a few ways to combat low energy and help you feel like the confident and productive person you truly are. Below are some tips and tricks to help you regain your strength, optimism, and energy: 

Tips On Combating Low Energy

Incorporate stress management into your daily routine.

Lets face it, everyone faces stress now and again. But how do you cope once you've reached the limit? Stress management is a great trick to help you understand what your stressors are and what you can do to help manage even the toughest days.

Stress management teaches you to become aware of your stressors and stress levels, as well as actionable steps you can take to acquire more creativity and freedom. Stress management can lead to a boost in energy, productivity, mood, and happiness.

Be conscious of your diet.

Diet can be a big factor that is causing you to feel tired, so being conscious of what you are consuming and how it makes you feel is extremely important. Make sure you are taking in an appropriate amount of iron and protein, cutting back on processed foods and energy drinks, and being aware of personal food sensitivities. Being aware of the foods you are eating and the nutrients you are getting is extremely important when trying to combat low energy.

Make efforts to improve your sleep.

Quality of sleep can affect your health and cause low energy. Some tips that can help you get a better night's sleep:

  • Minimize blue light exposure in the evenings (these are lights emitted from computer screens, phones, tablets, and TVs)
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule - try to go to bed and wake up at the same time to help your body understand its sleep hours
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before bed (alcohol is known to induce symptoms of sleep apnea)
  • Make your bedroom a sleep-inducing room (yes, your bedroom environment can affect your sleeping patterns. So make sure to adjust the noise level, temperature, furniture arrangement, and external lights. That means you can get more candles!)
  • Find the best bed type for your body and needs. (comfortable pillows, blankets, and mattress can really make a difference)

Exercise.

Any physical activity or exercise that increases your heart rate will help the blood flow and increases energy levels with the endorphins that are released.

You can even opt for good cardiovascular exercises that will not only give you more energy but also strengthen your heart. Going outside can also help you unwind and increase your blood flow and energy levels.

For workdays, you can also incorporate a simple stretching routine from your desk to get your blood flowing. Just make sure to get active!

Cut out caffeine.

Did you know that caffeine can block adenosine receptors in the brain? As much as we love quick pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks, and sugary sodas, they can all negatively affect your energy levels.

The adenosine receptors help regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Adding caffeine to your daily consumption can make you drowsy by suppressing the activity of cells in the basal forebrain. This means more caffeine, worse sleep, and bigger crashes throughout the day. Start with limiting your caffeine consumption.

Laugh more often.

We have all heard, "Laughter is the best medicine," and that is because it is true! Laughter draws people together in ways that induce healthy emotional and physical changes in the body.

Laughter boosts mood, strengthens your immune system, helps alleviate pain, and protects you from the negative effects of stress. It also helps bring your body and mind back into balance. You can listen to your favorite comedian, watch a comedy, joke with friends or even laugh at the little things. Harness the powerful benefits of laughter!

Use light therapy lamps.

Low energy can be caused by poor sleeping patterns, improper nutrient intakes, and stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular use of light therapy lamps may help one to reset the circadian rhythm and improve sleep patterns. Our circadian rhythm helps control our sleep-wake cycle and may also impact mental, behavioral, and physical changes in our bodies. The circadian rhythm also affects our hormones, appetite, body temperature, and other body functions.

Abnormal circadian rhythms can lead to low energy levels, depression, obesity, seasonal affective disorder, insomnia, or other sleep disorders. That is why light therapy lamps, such as the BrightBox from Sunrise Sensations, are a great aid to combat low energy!

Use our light therapy lamps to help create a productive workday, better sleeping patterns, and increase your energy levels and mood. 

Also check out our post on how to beat the winter blues.