10 Ways to increase your energy

Are you feeling fatigued? These 10 tips will help to boost your energy.

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6. Change your diet
Keeping your blood sugar balanced can be the quickest way to deal with fatigue. Eating sweet, sugary food will cause your blood sugar levels to spike, which gives you an initial burst of energy but leaves you feeling tired afterwards. Eating whole grains, which provide a slow and steady release of energy, and cutting back on sugar will keep your blood sugar levels more consistent, leaving you with more energy at the end of the day.

7. Check your blood pressure
Aproximately 36 per cent of Australians have high blood pressure, and this statistic increases dramatically with age. High blood pressure can be a source of ongoing fatigue, so ensure you have your blood pressure checked once a year by your GP.

8. Consume more magnesium
Even if you are eating a balanced diet you may still feel a little wilted by the early hours of the afternoon. It is possible this is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is necessary for your body to perform over 300 biochemical reactions, including breaking down glucose to supply your body with energy.

To increase your magnesium intake you can either try taking a course of supplements, or simply add a handful of hazelnuts, almonds or cashews to your daily diet, and increase your intake of wholegrains.

9. Have your thyroid function and complete blood cell count checked
If you are waking up sluggish after a good night’s sleep, you may have a thyroid problem or anemia. Thyroid issues often develop during perimenopause for women, but anyone can have a thyroid dysfunction.

Anemia is a reduction in your red blood cell count, and it can mean that your body isn’t getting enough oxygen to sustain your energy.

Either of these problems can cause fatigue, and can be tested for with a simple blood test.

10. Deal with stress and anger
Stress and contained anger are two of the biggest energy killers. Stress can leave you mentally and physically exhausted, and long term stress can leave you doing less every day, but still feeling more and more tired.

Similarly, containing anger can make you feel fatigued, as you are spending so much energy containing your angry feelings that you don’t have any reserves left for anything else.

Both stress and anger can be dealt with. Some people find that doing exercise can burn off the chemicals produced by stress and anger, while others find doing something quiet and relaxing can stop them from experiencing these emotions in the first place.

Make sure you take time out for yourself every single day, even if it is only twenty minutes. Incorporate activities into your daily routine which leave you happy and relaxed. You may not think you have time, but if it increases your energy levels then you will still be able to get everything done, and you will feel better while you’re doing it.


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    29th Jun 2013
    I had a triple bypass one year ago. I do most of the same things I did before the operation. I have always been a walker but have cut down on heavy meals and watch the fat content in my diet. I used to have a bad time, not only falling asleep but staying asleep. I only need max. 5 hours per night. I have learned to not sweat the small stuff and don't get involved in other peoples problems, in the end you are worrying more about their problems than they are. So roll on good times and look forward to a healthier life.

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