Get Your Groove Back
Americans are battling fatigue in record numbers, from insomnia and disrupted sleep to long commutes and work hours, many workers are fatigued. While finding ways to get more sleep is the most useful way to combat fatigue, there are a few other things people can do to help manage fatigue to help get through the day without succumbing to an unplanned nap.
- Cup of Tea: Research indicates that the pairing of Caffeine and a certain amino acid, L-theanine, decrease the effects of mental fatigue and help stimulate alertness and memory. Plus, black tea is known to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels.
- Quick Walk: Even a 10-minute walk can charge you up for the day, based on research conducted by the American heart Association. Women who walked 10 minutes per day within a 6-month study reported an 18% increase in their energy levels along with reports of feeling more clearheaded, confident, less pain and performed daily physical tasks more easily such as climbing stairs.
- PB&B Sandwich: A peanut butter and banana sandwich is an energy-packed duo! Between the potassium from the banana, which helps convert sugar to energy and the magnesium in peanut butter which fuels your cells with energy, you have a powerhouse on bread.
- Turn Up the Tunes: Listening to music while you work can really help increase productivity according to a study that found employees who listened to music through headphones were 10% more productive than without them. Music isn’t helpful or even allowed in all work environments, but if it is for you, go ahead and tune in.
- A Supplement: Rhodiola is a natural herb found in health food stores that may increase brain chemicals that stimulate your natural nervous system and increase alertness. A study in Russia determined that participants who took rhodiola reported increased coordination, increased state of physical fitness and reduced mental fatigue.
- Visit a Japanese Restaurant: This time, instead of your typical edamame or miso soup order, have the seaweed salad. High in iodine, it helps maintain thyroid hormone levels, which regulates, weight, mood and energy levels. Fish, particularly shellfish, yogurt and iodized salt are other common ways of getting iodine in your diet.