Did you know that even mild dehydration impairs our concentration, decreases our mood and zaps our energy? While caffeine โ˜•๏ธis usually the first choice for busting out of an energy slump, it can be dehydrating.๐Ÿ˜‘

Before you reach for that coffee or energy drink to perk you up, consider switching to plain old ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งwater. Learn the other 3 easy ways to naturally beat physical and mental fatigue ๐ŸฅฑAND significantly boost your โšก๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธenergy.
1- You can balance your blood sugar, and boost your energy naturally!
Get off the blood sugar ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ roller coaster
One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we donโ€™t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that are higher in sugar, our energy levels bottom out.
You can balance your blood sugar, and boost your energy naturally by:
โ— Eating every 3-4 hours โฑgives your body the nutrients ๐Ÿฅ—and fuel โšก๏ธit needs to keep your blood sugar โ€“ and energy levels steady
โ— Consuming foods that are low on the glycemic index (think fruits and veggies, whole grains) instead of the higher sugar white ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅ–๐Ÿฅจ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅฏ๐Ÿbreads and pastas.
โ— Eating protein ๐Ÿ—with every meal to slow down the release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream. Protein is broken down and released slower so youโ€™re less likely to have a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash.๐Ÿ’ฅ

2- Move, ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿน๐Ÿ€you are not a tree! ๐ŸŒณ

When youโ€™re tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, as hard as it can be to get yourself off the couch, ๐Ÿ›‹itโ€™s one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue.

And, you donโ€™t even have to commit to a long workout.

A brisk 10-minute walk ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธcan increase your energy for up to 2 hours.๐Ÿ•

So when you feel that afternoon slump coming on, skip the coffee โ˜•๏ธ and lace up your ๐Ÿ‘Ÿrunning shoes instead.

3- Up your sleep game ๐Ÿ˜ด

It may seem obvious that lack of sleep causes fatigue. However, did you know that the quality of your sleep can have an even bigger impact on your daily energy? โšก๏ธEven slight disturbances in our sleep can affect how rested we feel the next day.

Difficulty falling asleep?

Here is the duaa for it:๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ•‹

ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ูู…ู‘ูŽ ุบูŽุงุฑูŽุชู ุงู„ู†ู‘ูุฌููˆู…ู ูˆูŽู‡ูŽุฏูŽุฃูŽุชู ุงู„ู’ุนููŠููˆู†ู ูˆูŽุฃูŽู†ู’ุชูŽ ุญูŽูŠู‘ูŒ ู‚ูŽูŠู‘ููˆู…ูŒ * ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุฃู’ุฎูุฐููƒูŽ ุณูู†ูŽุฉูŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ู†ูŽูˆู’ู…ูŒ ูŠูŽุง ุญูŽูŠู‘ู ูŠูŽุง ู‚ูŽูŠู‘ููˆู…ู ุฃูŽู‡ู’ุฏูุฆู’ ู„ูŽูŠู’ู„ููŠ ูˆูŽุฃูŽู†ูู…ู’ ุนูŽูŠู’ู†ููŠ

โ€œO Allah the stars have gone far away and the eyes are rested. You are Alive and Infinite, You do not slumber nor does sleep overtake You. Oh Alive and the Everlasting One, grant me rest tonight and let my eyes sleep (close).๐Ÿ•‹๐ŸŒด๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿป

Here are a couple of tips for more restful sleep:

โ— Avoid tech ๐Ÿ“ตin the bedroom or within 1-2 hours of bedtime. Even the small amount of light, especially the blue light emitted from devices, interrupts your bodyโ€™s circadian rhythm. Your brain still thinks itโ€™s daytime and wonโ€™t wind down.

โ— Avoid caffeine โ˜•๏ธlate in the day โ€“ or avoid altogether if this is a problem for you.

โ— Try to create a regular sleep/wake schedule to help your body develop a sleep routine = good sleep hygiene.

โ— Dab a bit of calming lavender essential oil on your temples before bed or put a few drops on your pillow. Breathe in the calm.๐Ÿ›Œ

4- Drink up!๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง

Before you reach for that coffee or energy drink to perk you up, consider switching to plain old water. While caffeine is usually the first choice for busting out of an energy slump, it can be dehydrating.

And then thereโ€™s dehydration. Even mild dehydration impairs our concentration, decreases our mood๐Ÿ˜‘ and zaps our energy.โšก๏ธ

How do you know if you may be dehydrated?

Check the color of your urine. If itโ€™s the color of straw, youโ€™re good to go. If itโ€™s a darker yellow color, itโ€™s time to drink up! ๐Ÿ’ง

If youโ€™re still craving a caffeine hit, try the Energizing Matcha Smoothie recipe.

Matcha gives a longer-lasting energy boost than coffee. Unlike sugar, Matcha doesnโ€™t hit you hard and then cause you to crash. Plus the recipe really is delicious!

References

Glycemic Index Foundation โ€“ https://www.gisymbol.com/about-glycemic-index/

California State University Long Beach, Public Affairs & Publications โ€“ https://web.csulb.edu/misc/inside/archives/vol_58_no_4/1.htm

National Sleep Foundation โ€“ https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/what-goo...

Time.com Health Land โ€“ http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/19/bad-mood-low...