You’re not imagining it, nobody seems to have the energy to do, well… anything these days. We’re tired. We’re stressed. And we seem to just need an easy button to get through the day.
We are living through the biggest global pandemic in recent history and it has never been more important to take care of our health and wellness. But the high level of fatigue we’re feeling is heavy. Really heavy.
Fatigue can stop us in our tracks, bog us down and keep us stagnant. One of our favorite sayings here at Perspire is: Emotion needs Motion. We got to move heavy emotions out of our bodies so we can live, rollerblade or surf our way out of fatigue. But where’s our energy to do that?
Here are 5 ways to refill your tank so you have the gas (the juice, the energy!) to make things happen again.
If you can’t get out of the house, consider trying yoga in the comfort of your home. One of our favorite Youtube yoga channels is: Yoga With Adriene. There you can find an array of yoga practices from beginner to advanced.
Some yoga poses are excellent to reduce fatigue and adjust the hormone cortisol – too little of which can zap your energy. As your stress levels go down, energy levels improve. You’ll be doing backbends and handstands in no time!
We have so many “friends” on the internet but why does it sometimes feel like we’re so disconnected from each other? Make time to socialize with friends and family in person. If you can’t see your bestie, pick up the phone and call them or even better Facetime!
Have you ever hung up the phone after talking to your favorite person and felt giddy and insanely euphoric? Like, it was the best day ever because you laughed, cried — connected with someone you care about? That boost in happy hormones increases not only your mood but your energy levels too.
What are you grateful for? Don’t just think it, write it down. When you give the thoughts of gratitude life, by putting them on paper, you will gradually feel happy, more “filled” with each line of gratitude written.
Regularly experiencing positive emotions such joy and gratitude creates an upward motion, helping you to refuel your energy. Gotta love that!
Ignite the wellness within with a tall glass of ice cold water! Huh? Yep, drinking cold water does in fact increase your every level. Some recommend drinking 32oz of cold water upon rising in the morning. And a common rule of thumb is to try and drink at least half your bodyweight throughout the day. So if you weigh 210 lbs, you should be drinking 105 oz of water. There are tons of apps and websites available that help you calculate your recommended daily water consumption. Some of them will even send you reminders to drink water throughout the day.
Feeling more adventurous? Take a cold shower, an ice bath or plunge into natural body of cold water! Every morning, Tony Robbins wakes up and plunges into a 57 degree ice bath. Why? Immersing yourself in cold water has some distinct health benefits, as a growing number of health influencers, celebrities, athletes, and trainers will happily confirm. Supporters of this technique believe that cold water therapy can improve your circulation, deepen your sleep, spike your energy levels, and reduce inflammation in your body.
Even being one percent below your optimal fluid level results in noticeable fatigue. When you’re dehydrated your blood pressure drops, leading to poor circulation and reduced blood flow to your brain. This causes feelings of sleepiness and fatigue. Did you know that dehydration is actually said to be the number one cause of midday fatigue?
In many experiments, just 1 to 2 percent dehydration has been shown to trigger thirst. This level of dehydration can happen quickly, especially following intense exercise or when battling viruses. Get energized naturally with cold water and make it a habit to record your intake. Water may be the fuel you need to kick things into gear!
A 2007 research study found that cold showers can help treat depression symptoms. This is due to the stimulation of the dopaminergic transmission in the mesocorticolimbic and nigrostriatal pathway. Ready to wake up your body? Consider drinking cold water and diving into it too!
We know the last thing you probably want to do when you’re tired or feeling fatigued is exercising. But moving your body doesn’t mean you have to exert yourself. A brisk 10 minute walk outside can perk you right up or a 40 minute infrared sauna session can do the trick too!
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of an infrared sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system as that of running, and regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise. One of the best parts is you don’t have to do anything but show up and the infrared sauna heat will do the rest.
The past year has been a lot. How you feel matters. If it’s more than fatigue you’re feeling, please reach out to a trusted friend, family member, doctor or specialist.
As priorities shift and we become more conscious and aware of our self-care needs, it is our hope that you feel energized, that you feel inspired, creative and like yourself again. If these tips were helpful please share them with a friend.
We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.