Is winter getting you down? Dealing with cold weather and a lack of sunlight can drastically reduce your energy levels, leaving you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Luckily, there are things you can do to combat low energy and fatigue. Here are five of the simplest ways to boost your energy during the winter.
The winter blues are partially caused by the shortage of sunlight that can disrupt your sleep and waking cycles by making your brain produce more melatonin.
The solution is to get as much sun as you can during daylight hours. That means opening up the curtains or blinds as soon as you wake up, and spending as much time as you can outdoors during the day.
It makes sense that sleeping is a straightforward remedy for tiredness and fatigue, but the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity. If your sleep is fitful or you wake up a lot, try changing up your sleeping environment to make it more relaxing or adopt wind-down habits such as staying off your phone for an hour before bed.
Although it seems counterintuitive when you’re feeling sluggish, exercise is an excellent way to boost your energy. Try and get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, and you’ll see your energy levels increase.
Your diet has a significant impact on your energy levels. You’ve probably experienced the negative physical effects of poor food choices at some point in your life, but improving your diet gives you a chance to discover just how much better you’ll feel when you get proper nutrition.
It’s not always easy to get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need, especially if you have a busy schedule and don’t have much time to cook. Try committing to at least three dinners a week that include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
Hydration plays a huge role in your energy level, in part because it’s tightly tied to brain function. Multiple studies show that a fluid loss of just 1-3% impairs memory and cognition as well as worsening mood and lowering energy levels. A good place to start is by drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day.
Water alone doesn’t always do the job. If you’re suffering from fatigue and lethargy during the winter, IV drip therapy can have you feeling like yourself within just a couple of hours.
Lone Star IV Medics provides a range of packages that can deliver the IV vitamins you need for optimal energy levels in the comfort of your own home. If you want to know more about our IV drip therapy options or set up an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (214) 470-2008.