With daily CDC reports updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainties still remain on what life will look like and be like once stay at home and shelter in place orders are lifted. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in us. Learning to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community thrive together better.
Ask yourself a few questions to do a check-in on your mental health… Have you been down and out lately? Do you feel that you are still sleepy even with a full night’s sleep? Do you feel like your body is giving out even just with menial tasks? This is your body telling you that it needs help and support.
Keep reading for tips on recharging your body now and in the future:
Energy levels in our body inevitably fluctuate as we age. The body functions at its optimum capacity like a well- oiled machine when it is holistically healthy. Many studies have already been conducted in regards to the mind, body, and spirit connection, which suggests that this balanced trio can improve overall well-being and help spike your energy There are also factors that can contribute to the loss of energy, such as:
Stress is the body’s response to external stimuli. The inability to cope under such conditions can manifest through physiological or psychological issues. Here are a few recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on how to cope with stress and anxiety.
Daily workload includes work, household chores, physical maintenance, and social interaction in which we are subjected to physically and mentally. This also encompasses the emotional baggage and mental issues we are dealing with on a daily basis.
Diet factors primarily in the body’s energy output. We get sustenance from the food we eat, and it is converted to energy.
Unhealthy emotional coping mechanisms
Each of us deals with stress differently. There are those that have a healthy grasp on dealing with such issues. However, others submerge themselves into destructive coping mechanisms such as drug addiction, taking on vices, and poor emotional health.
The body shuts down when it is deprived of energy. When the body is unable to cope, the individual may experience burnouts, or be prone to depression, anxiety, and other mental issues.
In spite of all this, you are in charge of your own health. Now is the time to take control of your body! Recalibrate your body. Help your body heal itself.
1. Be mindful of your food intake
Of course, whatever you feed the body, the body will exude. Be conscious of foods that are known energy boosters and choose those that have a long-lasting energy output. It is better to stay away from sugar, which is known to cause sudden energy crashes.
Water– most cases of energy dips are caused by dehydration. Even if you are not thirsty or sweaty, the body still loses significant amounts of water. Hydrate regularly to maintain the body’s temperature to avoid having the body exert energy unnecessarily.
Brown Rice– take in carbohydrate packed foods that are quickly processed by the body such as brown rice, which is packed with more minerals than processed and refined white rice.
Fatty Fishes and Avocados– choose the right fatty foods such as fishes packed with omega fatty acids and avocados, which are loaded with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These types of fatty acids promote the absorption of nutrients and storage for energy.
Oatmeal and eggs– start your day with oatmeal and eggs, which are known to provide long-lasting energy to sustain you through the day. They stimulate the production of energy by breaking down stored fat of the body to produce energy.
Yogurt, Apples, Bananas, Nuts– snack on yogurt, apples, bananas, or nuts to sustain your energy. These are packed with carbs and nutrients that the body needs to produce energy. They are also high in caloric content and are known to provide a slow release of energy throughout the day.
Yerba Mate-this is derived from a plant indigenous to South America. It is known as a stimulant due to its caffeine content like coffee, except that it has no adverse effect on blood pressure and heart rate.
Goji Berries-these has long been used as a traditional medicine in China due to its antioxidant properties and other nutrients. It is also useful in decreasing fatigue.
2. Opt for natural alternatives
In this fast-paced world we live in, we are constantly bombarded with “instant” choices such as TV dinners, fast foods, exercise fads, and slimming supplements. Yes, undoubtedly, these are convenient. However, these are mostly processed and chemically altered. Remember that the body exerts more effort in processing these since they are not naturally occurring and they may have debilitating effects on the body long term.
3. Purposely take time to exercise
It may be cliche’ as it sounds, but exercise does boost energy. When you exercise, the body releases endorphins which act as a burst of energy. Though it is important to note that to reduce chronic fatigue, the body needs regular exercise regimes. Exercise also strengthens the body’s cardiovascular health. When the heart is healthy, it is capable of working at optimal capacity.
4. Free the mind and the body follow suit
As mentioned above, a healthy mind intertwines with the body. There are times that the body is drained because the mind is tired. Responsibilities, pressure, personal expectations, etc overwhelms our minds. There are those that can easily cope and adapt to such stress factors and others, unfortunately, are more susceptible to mental issues due to their inability to cope with these factors. Ease the stress on your mind by organizing daily tasks by their degree of importance, do what you can but do not overload your plate and remember to take breaks throughout the day. Sometimes, worry and anxiety rob us of our energy.
5. Have routine health checks
The body manifests outwardly what it is going through. There are times that the lack of energy you are experiencing is based on an unchecked underlying condition. It is best to have regular health checks with a licensed medical professional to rule out any serious medical condition. There are also instances of nutrient deficiency resulting in energy loss. Magnesium and B Vitamins are the precursors of converting food to energy and other metabolic processes. Take vitamins and other supplements after consulting with your doctor.
6. Invest in your spiritual health
We often neglect to take care of our spiritual well being given that the body is more of the focus. Taking care of your spiritual well-being starts with reassessing what bothers your peace. It may be repressed emotions or the inability to handle emotions when necessary. Whatever robs us of our peace, robs us of our energy. Practice self-auditing of emotions and reactions to emotional moments. Learn to know your triggers and how to manage your emotions. If you are unable to do it on your own, do not hesitate to reach out for professional help.
7. Adopt better sleeping habits
Every one of us has different sleeping patterns. This is very much influenced by our daily tasks and lifestyle. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to achieving the energy we need to get by the next day. To get the most out of your sleep, it is advised to self check your sleeping patterns, difficulties encountered (i.e., sleep apnea, insomnia), and how much sleep you got. This allows you to determine which areas to improve. Practice developing a regular sleeping time, set up a calm environment for sleeping, and be mindful of what you eat before sleeping. A high carb diet and omega-three laden foods kickstart the body to power down.
8. Cut out or cut back on vices
Unbeknownst to most people, vices are the by-product of unhealthy coping mechanisms of an individual. They lose themselves to vices to alleviate their pain, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental pain. Rid yourself of negative habits. Consciously doing positive actions teaches your body not to waste energy on fruitless things.
The body needs the energy to function. It is the energy that fuels the different functions of the body to build, maintain, and repair itself. Its capacity to exceed beyond the necessary can only depend on the body’s overall health. Be aware of what your body is saying to you before it’s too late.
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