I'm going to do that annoying thing where I ignore your question and answer an entirely different one. The first question you should ask is - what am I capable of doing with the energy I currently have? I mean maybe you don't have low energy. Maybe your energy is fine, it's the amount of stuff you're expecting your energy to take on that's the problem. If anyone has said to you recently, 'I don't know how you do it!' or 'Do you even sleep!' You don't have low energy, you have high expectations. Forget about adding the chore of 'get more energy' to your list, I want you to make a list of ten things that you can stop doing immediately. Force yourself to come up with precisely ten and drop them today! Here are a few examples to get you going: ironing bedsheets, cooking all meals from scratch, visiting people you don't really like, blowdrying your hair every day, cleaning skirting boards... More dust but instant energy.
I understand this isn't the case for everyone. If the last time you exerted any energy was to fish the Dorito crumbs from the bottom of the bag then maybe you do need a boost, here's how to go about it:
FUEL Nothing's changed with this story, you get out what you put in. I can't remember if the official number is 5, 7 or 9 but basically you need a buttload of fruit and veg to feel fab all day. If you're knackered the last thing you want to do is peel and steam veg, not with Dominos on speed dial, so my best advice is get them in fast and get them in early. Unless you've been living under a very well insulated rock, you've heard about morning smoothies. My mum talks about her Nutribullet like it's her fourth child but I do fine with a bargain blender my husband came home with when I sent him out for milk. There are lots of yummy recipes on the net, but seriously just a buttload of fruit and veg and get it down ya.
SUPPLEMENT Yes you can buy your energy in a bottle, you'll have to wait a few weeks for the results of vitamins to kick in but it's worth it. You'll have to spend a little bit of money to make sure you're getting good quality ingredients and you're also more likely to remember to take them if you've splashed some cash! Iron is always helpful for energy levels and coenzyme q10 can be expensive but a lifesaver but to cover all bases just get a great multivitamin. Find one with someone really perky on the packet.
GOOD QUALITY SLEEP If you have a newborn you might want to throw something at my head but you can't escape the fact that sleep is the fastest route to feeling fresher. If you know that your sleep will be interrupted do your best to make the brief time that you're in bed good. Beg, borrow or steal the nicest pillow and duvet that you can, get some black out blinds (Ikea do good value ones but in a pinch I've used tin foil and masking tape) and GET RID OF THE PHONE. It is not humanly possible to simultaneously sleep and play Candy Crush, just put it away. Personally I don't have access to the time in my bedroom I always find the day harder if I know I only had three hours sleep, rather than suspect.
FAKE IT Don't say to yourself 'I'm too tired to go out'. Say 'I'm going out and if I feel tired I can come home.' Maybe you only make it to the end of the road but if make an effort to behave like a person full of energy your mind might catch on. I remember a woman from my baby group that was always the perkiest, happiest one there. She knew all the songs and all the moves. When I asked her how she did it she confided in me that she was not really zany and fun but delirious because she was so tired. And that's the most important thing to remember, if you're worried about your energy because you're comparing yourself to others, don't be - we're all knackered too.
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