In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next - literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.
Coupled with being menopausal, or perimenopausal, this can increase those feelings of fatigue!
The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.
Get off the blood sugar roller coaster
One of the simplest ways you can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When you don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when you eat foods that are higher in sugar, our energy levels bottom out.
You can balance your blood sugar, and boost your energy naturally by:
You like to move it, move it!
When you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, as hard as it can be to get your butt off the couch, it’s one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue.
And, it turns out that you don’t even have to commit to a long workout!
A California State University study concluded that even a brisk 10-minute walk can increase your energy for up to 2 hours. And if you’re wanting to increase your gains, then 3 brisk 10 minute walks a day is what to aim for!
So when you feel that afternoon slump coming on, skip the coffee and lace up your running shoes instead.
If this is all starting to feel a bit overwhelming, perhaps you’d like to chat about options for you. I open a few sessions each week to talk strategy. You can click here to book one!
Up your sleep game
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? Even slight disturbances in our sleep can affect how rested we feel the next day.
Here are a couple of tips for a more restful sleep:
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.
Not only that, but caffeine can increase menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, sweats, and anxiety.
And then there’s dehydration. Even mild dehydration impairs our concentration, decreases our mood and zaps our energy.
Menopausal hot flushes and sweats are also made worse by mild dehydration.
How do you know if you may be dehydrated?
Check the colour of your urine. If it’s the colour of straw, you’re good to go. If it’s a darker yellow colour, it’s time to drink up.
So remember, to get a hold of and help your fatigue do these things:
These are simple things to do, and they can be hard to implement. If you feel you'd like some help, I keep a few spaces each week to chat to women just like you who want to lose the weight of menopause and start living a healthier life. Click the button below to book a spot. It’s free and at the very least you’ll get some takeaways to implement now.
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