Zzzz! A new survey from YouGov has found that 1 in 8 of us feel tired all the time
A further quarter (25%) of we Brits are exhausted ‘most of the time’, and a third (33%) feel tired ‘about half of the time’. So how do we boost our energy levels?
We asked menopause and hormones expert Claire Snowdon-Darling, who is head of The College of Functional Wellness, for some tips.
“Lack of energy can come from a number of sources so try some of the following one at a time until you find what works,” says Claire, who suggests the following measures to help boost energy levels…
Clean up your diet
Blood sugar instability is the number one cause of fatigue. Eating clean, unprocessed whole foods is always what your body wants to feel energised.
Make sure you eat protein at every meal and include healthy fats like olive oil and avocado.
Reducing sugar, wheat, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol is essential for sustainable energy and including 2 litres of still water a day will make a big difference.
This is easier said than done, but taking some time out every day to do something for you will really help recharge your batteries, even if it is just for 20 minutes.
To support your body reduce the effects of the stress hormone cortisol, try an adaptogenic herb such as ashwagandha or Siberian ginseng, plus a magnesium supplement (always check with your doctor or healthcare provider if you are on medication).
Learn how to say NO!
Trying to please everyone all the time will never work and it will burn you out.
Working on your boundaries is incredibly important to ensure you aren’t drained.
Boundaries have become a big buzzword in the past few years, so check out online courses or find a therapist who can help you if these feel challenging.
Focus on sleep hygiene
It’s so tempting to want to watch TV as a reward for a tiring day but the temptation to binge is huge and often we compromise our rest to watch that extra episode of something.
Getting strict with bedtimes will mean that you wake up more energised and not depleted.
Creating a nourishing bedtime regime with a good book, some peace, and quiet and even some guided meditation to really boost that energy.
Where to find Claire Snowdon-Darling
For more from Claire Snowdon-Darling, her approach, and programmes, especially for chronic or adrenal fatigue, visit the website