Did Being Quarantined Lower Your Energy?
Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Many of us have a routine that we follow religiously every day. That routine allows us to have structure and be productive, all while maintaining a sense of peace. When COVID-19 made its way across America, millions of people had their routine disrupted. These activities may sound small, but things such as:
- Driving to work
- Going out with friends
- Going to the gym
- Spending time with family members
All disappeared for months. For some, changing your routine might not have been a big deal, but for many, it created stress, anxiety and even depression, which can lower your energy level and present other serious issues. In this blog, we'll provide you with some tips on how to regain a healthy routine to maintain a high energy level once again!
Not only does meditation help prepare your mind for the day, but it can boost your energy. A study conducted by the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada revealed that 25 minutes of yoga or mindful meditation every day can enhance the brain's cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behavior and allow you to control knee-jerk emotional responses, thinking patterns and actions. Yoga also releases endorphins, increases blood flow to the brain and reduces ruminative thoughts.
The food you eat is one of the most important elements when maintaining high energy. But not only is WHAT you eat essential, but WHEN you eat is critical as well. Consuming three small healthy meals with an occasional snack will produce more energy than eating three large meals.
Foods with a high glycemic index can make you feel drained and affect mental stimulation. Low glycemic index foods, such as:
Provide energy and help you stay focused throughout the day.
Are you sleeping too much at night? Or not enough? One out of three Americans don't get enough sleep. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), people between the ages of 18 and 60 years old should sleep at least seven hours every night. Getting less than seven hours nightly can increase your chances of developing conditions such as:
-High blood pressure
-Frequent mental stress
All of these conditions can be extremely detrimental to your overall well-being and are oftentimes life-threatening. But recovering from these conditions make it difficult to muster up the energy to accomplish anything during the day, inhibiting usual productivity and affecting your mental health.
Are you one out of three people who don't get enough sleep at night? Exercising can almost guarantee you'll get a better night's sleep. It causes your body to release epinephrine and norepinephrine, stress hormones when in modest amounts, can make you feel energized. The appropriate intensity of a workout depends on the individual's fitness level and health.
Establishing a routine with these four health components (meditation, diet, sleep and exercise) in it can enhance your energy level and provide mental clarity to help you lead a productive and stress-free lifestyle. CoreFit Wellness can kick-start your new and improved routine by creating a detailed nutritional meal plan.
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Sources: science daily, harvard health, CDC