Mental and physical health
- Fuel your body with nutrient dense and balanced foods! We hear it all the time but often need reminding that a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, complex carbohydrates, fibre and clean water is essential to fuel energy levels and adequate nutrient intake – along with regular moderate exercise. Visit our Urban Wellbeing smoothie bar for a delicious, healthy smoothie.
- Take a blood test and check your nutrient levels. Low iron, an underactive thyroid, low blood pressure and glandular fever are just a few medical reasons you could be feeling depleted and fatigued, says general practitioner Dr. Marguerite Raath. If you suffer from low energy, a blood diagnostic may provide some answers and then the correct treatment may be prescribed.
- Depression and energy depletion go hand in hand – Pharmacist and ‘Health Nut’ health shop owner Alison Lindley in the United States says, In less severe to mild form, depression may be treated with natural supplements such as St. John’s Wort, omega 3 krill oil and high-potency B vitamins. Time spent in nature is also a known mood and energy enhancer, however, any sense of doom should be addressed immediately with a counsellor or psychologist, in a bid to find the root cause and apply adequate treatment and remedies.
- Stop Negative Thinking – Have you ever realised if you head out for the day with a negative frame of mind that everything seems like a mission and everything seems tedious? Likewise, when you’re in a great state of mind everything goes well and easily? Like attracts like so if you’re in a negative headspace do whatever it takes to turn it around to a positive. Listen to a quick Trevor Noah clip, play with your pet, get out in the sunshine, listen to your favourite song… Do whatever it is that shifts your mood to happiness and your energy levels will rise accordingly.
- Monitoring your sleep is of prime importance – Poor sleep quality or interrupted sleep leaves you with low energy and little inclination to seize the day. Fluctuating hormone levels, negative stress, stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, along with the blue light from cell phones, televisions and computer screens could all contribute to poor sleep quality at night and corresponding days of low energy. Natural supplements, such as magnesium, melatonin and L-theanine may contribute to a good night’s sleep.
Matters of the heart and home life
- Declutter your house and head – The word Zen is indicative of calmness, peace and order. Clutter is Zen’s polar opposite and creates an atmosphere of stress, chaos and mayhem – all of which deplete energy. If your home is disorganised and cluttered, it requires more energy to navigate than an organised space. Likewise, a chaotic mind will drain your energy reserves and leave you feeling exhausted. Give away anything not needed and spend 15 minutes a day sorting the house room by room.
- Say NO: Are you A people pleaser always wanting to be there for everybody? This is a tiring way to live and depletes overall energy that may be needed in your own life. Online therapist Paul Morris says, ‘Ask how you stop yourself from creating boundaries and saying no. When you question yourself and your needs, you gain perspective and your energy shifts positively.
- Ditch Toxic Relationships: Negative, demanding, controlling, argumentative, aggressive and self-absorbed people drain your energy. Sometimes called energy vampires, their personality and attitude to life leave you feeling depleted and tired, If you don’t feel like a better version of yourself in a relationship of friendship, it may be worth reassessing whether staying is really serving you in any way, and, if you find yourself in a ‘comfort zone’ that is depleting your energy leaving you a little reserves for the things you’d really like to do, it’s time for a change.
- Share the load and delegate tasks. After a hard day’s work, dealing with children’s demands, making dinner, doing laundry and so on require plenty of energy. If the home chore load is shared with your partner, and children become responsible for certain daily tasks too, not only will everyone have responsibility and commitment, but energy investment will be shared too, leaving the whole family better off in mood.
How we live
- Switch off technology From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, messages on WhatsApp and emails being bombarded with information from all places demands our attention and saps our energy in return. Because there is instant access to information and people, immediate responses are expected – which equals stress and energy drain. Take time in the evening to switch off technology for a few hours while you have dinner and engage in quality communication with your family and do the same on the weekend.
- Have clear goals and something to look forward to – New Year’s resolutions are a way of setting new goals for the year and having things to look forward to at the same time, but no need to wait for a new year to do this. Goals and resolutions can be set on a daily or weekly basis and will serve to energise you as you move in the right direction. Our Wellbeing is greatly enhanced when we realise that we have choices in life. Likewise, not being able to express ourselves fully causes energy depletion.
- Practice random acts of kindness – focusing on yourself and your problems drains energy, focusing on others and trying to help them replenishes energy. Performing random acts of kindness is a win-win as it’s uplifting and energising – both for the doer and the recipient. The same applies to doing charity work, as the focus is outside of yourself, this is a sure fire way to up your energy levels.
At Urban Wellbeing we provide a multitude of modalities to add health and wellness to your life – Please join us for a complimentary group exercise class or an in depth Sport Science assessment of your specific concerns until the end of the year!