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With our increasingly busy lifestyle, many of us find that we are regularly running on empty. The end result of this can’t be good . . .  how do you say ‘burnout’? This is what happens when we don’t give ourselves time to recharge our batteries.

Living in an overworked state for an extended time will open us up to a variety health problems, such as pre-diabetes. . . and leaves little time for exercising or relaxing. In fact, this is the last thing you want to think about when it should be at the top of your list of things to do.

Our jobs keep us busy, mental stress is wearing us down and our family and social life suffers because we lack stamina to keep up.

If the above describes you please know that there is hope.

Here is a list of things you can do to get more energy naturally starting today . . .

You must prioritize your day. This means that you must work on the things that are most important to you and put off those that are low priority. For example, spending time with friends after work can be draining on family life so set aside a day to do this when it doesn’t impede on home life.

I find that planning your day from the night before will go a long way in making for a productive day. You don’t have to waste time and energy thinking about what tasks you need to do and when you are going to do them because they are already built into your schedule. Remember: always make room for some fluff time because unplanned things will come up.

Make time to exercise your body. As part of your daily activities you must build in time to do some form of exercise. I like to do mine in the mornings which gives me energy throughout the day.

Don’t over exercise. More than 45 minutes will lead to burnout. Check out my go-to exercises to build energy and fitness.

Get quality sleep – To get the most from your exercises you will need to give your body quality rest and recovery periods. And no . . . trying to make up for lost time on the weekend is not enough. If you don’t make time for this important function you will suffer from bodily exhaustion. Subsequent workouts will suffer because you are not giving 100 percent.

Also, you must do a daily mind dump. Tossing and turning at nights because you have too much on your mind will cause you to wake up feeling as if you could use another hour of sleep.

Reduce stress. If your work is causing you undue stress make time to unwind after work – not with an alcohol beverage – but with proper stress reduction exercises. Even while at work take a few moments to do focused deep-breathing exercises.

It’s important to do a system cleanse regularly. So often we go for long periods without having a proper bowel movement. I believe that a clog system lowers our energy levels. I recommend doing a detox every few months.

Having sex regularly with your partner is also a great way to improve energy levels, especially when done in the mornings.

Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption – Regularly imbibing alcoholic beverages will contribute to uncontrolled blood sugar levels and also lead to weight gain. A glass of red wine occasionally is OK since it supplies certain health benefits.

Eat foods that are conducive to good health – Ever notice that after eating heavy meal your body and mind slows down and you just want to sit down and relax? The main cause of this is the types of food you eat and when you eat it. Your body has to work hard to digest a heavy meal so the energy you need for daily task is drained. To combat these effects you need to time your eating. Eat heavier meals when your energy level is high (mornings) and lighter, easily digested foods when energy level is low (afternoons).

Excess sugar consumption is like putting bad fuel in your car. Unless you are a high-performance athlete you don’t need additional sugar in your body . . . and even they don’t need more sugar. Reduce unnecessary sugar consumption. These come on the form of sugary drinks and snacks, carbohydrate laden meals such as excess white rice and breads, and poor-quality fats such as trans-fat found in fired foods.

Drink water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is crucial to increased energy. It flushes unwanted toxins from your body even when not exercising. Drink until you are satisfied. The average person needs about 7 -8 cups of water daily.

In addition to the above list I would also recommend taking a multivitamin to compliment the change in your diet. It will supply micro nutrients to give your additional energy.

For more information on the many things you can do to get energy naturally , order my report:  How to Prevent Pre-diabetes.

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