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4 simple ways to boost your energy

Do you sometimes feel like the Energizer Bunny when his battery runs low? You might start the day strong, but by midafternoon, you can't quite keep going and going.

Fatigue afflicts everyone at one time or another. Assuming your doctor has ruled out serious medical causes, there are a few basic steps you can take to "recharge your batteries."

1. Pace yourself. If you're a go-getter, you probably like to keep going until the job is complete. Instead of burning through all your "battery life" until you’re completely spent, studies show taking time to rest and eat will actually help you get more done in a shorter amount of time.

2. Take a walk or a nap. There's nothing more satisfying than a short power nap when you're pooped out. However, if you have trouble sleeping at night, know that napping can make insomnia worse. If that's the case for you, get moving instead. Get up and walk around the block, or just get up and move around.

3. Rest your mind.
In today’s busy stress-filled world, many people are much more “mentally fatigued’ than physically fatigued. Schedule a few “time outs” throughout your day where you spend 5-10 minutes letting your brain relax. Practices like meditation, prayer, and mindfulness may assist. Or just find a quiet place to relax. Set an alarm so you can rest at ease without the fear of falling asleep or worrying how much time you have left.

4. Fuel up wisely. A sugary roll from the bakery delivers plenty of calories, but your body tends to metabolize them quickly, and then you can end up with sinking blood sugar and fatigue. You'll maintain a steadier energy level by eating lean protein and unrefined carbohydrates. Don't skip meals, either. Your body needs a certain number of calories to get through the day's work. It's better to space your meals out so your body gets the nourishment it needs all through the day.


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