It seems like our modern life is requiring more and more from us—no matter how productive we are and how many ways we find to save time—there’s always more to do. Many of us find ourselves run ragged by the never-ending to-do list that has taken over our lives. The following will attempt to help with at least one portion of the modern struggle—energy levels—by exploring the things you can do to cultivate more energy in your daily life.
Of course, there are sometimes medical conditions that can be responsible for fatigue. If you feel absurdly tired or notice that you’re waking up often in the night unable to breathe for a moment, or you slept the entire night and should feel rested but don’t—it might be worth seeking out the opinion of a medical professional.
Breathe Through Your Nose
Let’s start with the easiest tip first, shall we? Breathe through your nose. If you apply none of the other tips on this list, promise us that you’ll try to breathe through your nose more. This sounds so simple it seems foolish to bring up, but humans are meant to breathe through their noses—it cleans the air (reducing the fatiguing effects of volatile organic compounds, pollution, and other toxins), but it also ensures that you get 30% more oxygen per breath. That makes a huge difference when it comes to wakefulness, focus, concentration, memory, and energy levels. It might take some time to get into the habit, but the goal is to have yourself breathing through your nose while you sleep.
Get Your Allergies Tested
But what if I can’t breathe through my nose? Barring the occasional cold, you should not be so congested you can’t breathe through your nose. If you are, this means there’s a problem. This isn’t something you should simply accept for the remainder of your life. Visit an allergy doctor and figure out what is setting off this nasal congestion for you—you might be allergic to something that has been around you for so long you don’t even remember what it is like to breathe normally.
Having swollen sinuses that prevent you from getting much-needed oxygen can leave you feeling exhausted. If your body is constantly fighting off an invader it thinks is bad for you, like dust or cat hair, what little energy you have left can be depleted fast.
You’ve probably been introduced to caffeine, and yes, coffee or tea can help keep you alert and are probably the most well-known energy supplements, but there are countless others. Some people cannot have coffee or tea for religious reasons or have anxiety issues that don’t mix well with caffeine; others aren’t fans of the jittery feeling that comes with drinking caffeinated beverages. Look into herbal alternatives that suit your taste buds and emotional needs. Things like kratom extract capsules and tablets can help keep your concentration levels high without sacrificing sensations of calm. You might also want to look into ginseng, sage, ashwagandha, guarana, maca, Rhodiola Rosea, Bacopa Monnier, Centella Asiatica, peppermint, and rosemary.
We might think that cigarettes or other addictive substances give us more energy, but there’s a bit of a trick going on in our minds. Our bodies, if dependent upon a substance, will create reasons for us to continue to take it—this means that cigarette smokers might actually be feeling tired as a result of the withdrawal (which begins fifteen minutes after your last cigarette).
Their body’s attempt to get them to go out for another smoke break (not to mention the impacts on the cardiovascular system of smoking in particular result in less oxygen being delivered to the brain and muscles). Many people who have left addictions behind discuss the abundant energy they feel and mention their wish that they’d quit earlier.
Open Yourself up to Discussions About Trauma and Mental Health
It turns out that things like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder all can be accompanied by fatigue or exhaustion. Addressing trauma and mental health needs is often a lifelong journey, but each step in the right direction can help alleviate symptoms that cause suffering and tiredness. This can also be one of the scarier steps to take because it involves acknowledging things that aren’t always easy to accept as part of ourselves or our lives. There are countless professionals that would be willing to help as well as trusted friends and family members.
The above tips should help you cultivate more energy in your day-to-day life. As with any major life changes, try not to tackle too many at a single time. This will prevent you from being able to sense which change is having an impact on you and which are not suited to you and your lifestyle.