How to increase energy and motivation, when napping doesn’t help
How to increase energy and motivation without caffeine comes from my own personal experience with adrenal fatigue. I am in the tail end of recovery from adrenal fatigue. Which has quite honestly been a rough few years. Just as I feel that my energy is sticking around, it decides to go MIA, resulting in some serious frustration on my behalf.
Fatigue, in my opinion, is not only hard to heal yourself, but it is also extremely frustrating when you are faced with the remarks like:
- “You just had 9 hours sleep, why are you so tired?”
- “Think of how you would feel if you were a mum, with no sleep”
- “Go have a nap”
- “Have a coffee”
These are all things that my extremely supportive partner and friends have all said to me. While their intentions are in the right place, the reality is that having a “nap” wouldn’t fix anything.
Firstly, I want to point out that you may have an underlying medical condition that could be causing your fatigue, so please speak to a qualified medical professional to rule things out like: thyroid, diabetes, PTSD, depression, anxiety, heavy metals overload, mold exposure etc.
8 Ways How To Increase Energy And Motivation Without Caffine
Yesss, I have spoken about these before, but I genuinely believe they help with so many aspects of my life. From focus to energy to meditation.
Binaural Beats is a form of soundwave therapy, where you hear different frequency tones in your right and left ear. Binaural beats effectively synchronize your brainwaves to enhance specific patterns, allowing you to enter into a deeper state of relaxation, or a high-energy state and so on.
ASSESS YOUR TOXINS: When was the last time you have had a blood test? Have you ever had your heavy metals tested? For me, an underlying cause of my fatigue was due to extremely high heavy metals in my system.
Environmentally we are exposed to thousands of chemicals daily, from perfume, air freshener, washing powder, makeup, skincare. Two great books that have an abundance of knowledge about living a toxic-free life are from Low Tox Life and Truth In Beauty by Mukti.
I found by lowering my toxic load, my energy levels slowly increased over a few months. Mainstream media is becoming more and more aware of how toxic our environment is, with the scientific link between certain toxins and chemicals and serious health issues.
ADAPTOGENS: I am a big believer in supporting fatigue issues with adaptogens. Things like Maca Root, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail can do you the world of good for helping your immune system and boosting energy. If you are interested in using adaptogens in recipes – you will love My Adaptogen Roasted Cauliflower & Turmeric Soup
INFRARED SAUNA: During my heavy metals detox, I religiously used to pop myself into an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas help to promote relaxation and also can stimulate endorphins, which will help reduce your stress levels and I also found it helps with my sleep.
ROUTINE: For me, I feel at my best when I am in a daily routine. This involves me waking up, having a shower, meditation/yoga, taking my dogs for a walk & getting my morning coffee. I normally try and avoid screens prior to taking my dogs for a walk. By doing this, I draw my attention to the tasks ahead for the day and
ZEN TIME: Please don’t skim over this section, I did for far too long. For me, having a daily practice of mindfulness & meditation helped with my energy levels, it also helps to refocus my energy back into my mind and body, so I am using it efficiently. I also love to incorporate mindful yoga into my zen time, the power of a downward dog for a quick energy boost is real!
The below resources have really helped me in learning the science behind meditation and how it has a positive effect on not only my levels of “energy” but also with my productiveness while working.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: This resonates with me the most, as food has had an inextricable link to my mood and my overall happiness (which in turn effects my energy and motivation). You want to eat an abundance of healthy fats, fresh vegetables, good sources of protein, and overall wholefoods. I have found this to increase energy and motivation ten fold.
Reduce or cut out completely refined sugar and refined carbohydrates. If you are stuck for ideas on different healthy recipes, check out my recipes here, which are all refined sugar-free, gluten free and extremely nutritious!
HYDRATE: Don’t mistake hunger for thirst, I have a jug of filtered water on my desk at all times, and will make sure I get through at least 3L of water a day. Water will also help with flushing toxins and can help increase energy and motivation.