How to have more energy when it is colder and darker earlier

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Since the clocks have changed, the sun now sets before 5pm, and, to me, it feels like it’s much later than it actually is. This is not my favorite time of the year.  I remember when I lived in Wisconsin, I would get home from work, and it was dark and cold, and I would go inside and sit on the couch with a blanket because I was tired from the cold and dreary weather.  It’s a little bit better here since it’s not as cold, but I still have days when I just feel like I don’t have any energy.  So, what can you do during this time of year to get more energy?

  1. Work out in the morning.  If you can get up any earlier, it will really give you more energy if you work out before starting your day.  Even it you get up 30 minutes earlier, you can do a quick workout or go for a walk.  It can be very difficult to get up, but once you do it, you will feel so much better. I used to get up at 5:30am to work out before work, and it is still the first thing that I do.  It made me feel better and more energized throughout the day.  And, that way, you will have already done your workout, so won’t have to worry about it when you get home.
  2. Watch your diet.  When you think of Fall and Winter, you probably think of soups and stews.  We tend to eat heavier foods in the colder months. Although it is good to eat more cooked foods during the colder months, if you eat too many heavy foods, it is going to make you feel tired and weighed down.  Try to eat a well balanced diet that includes a lot of vegetables to crowd out some of the heavy foods.  For example, try having a vegetable based soup instead of a creamy soup.
  3. Try to avoid sugar as much as possible.  This time of year there are tons of treats around.  There is leftover Halloween candy and soon there will be Christmas cookies and other treats at home and work.  When you eat sugar, it initially gives you energy, but then you will crash and feel tired. Also, try to eat throughout the day to keep your blood sugars balanced. This should help keep you from overeating and from “crashing.” Try eating 6 small meals or 3 meals and 2 snacks.
  4. Make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals.  Often you will feel tired if you have any deficiencies.  Try to follow a healthy diet, but, if you aren’t already, you may want to consider taking a multivitamin with minerals.  Adding extra B12 is often helpful too.  I take a daily multivitamin and a cellular vitality complex, which contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and energy cofactors, which gives life and energy to the cells and a sense of well being to the body.
  5. Try drinking a green superfood powder.  Instead of drinking an energy drink in the morning, try drinking a green superfood powder that provides natural energy.  Many of the energy drinks have extra sugars and some other things in them that aren’t very good for you.  I like Amazing Grass.  It comes in a variety of flavors and actually tastes really good.
  6. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.  This time of the year can also be very busy with all of the holidays, but make sure that you are still getting to bed at a decent hour so you don’t skimp on your sleep.  Try to aim for 7-8 hours a night.  If you have difficulty falling asleep, try using essential oils.  Also, if possible, try to stay on a consistent sleep schedule.  If you stay up later on the weekends or sleep in, it may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
  7. Consider doing a cleanse.  You may be feeling tired and weighed down if you have built up toxins in your body.  When you have built up toxins in your body, you also may not be absorbing your nutrients properly, so may have some deficiencies, which may be making you feel unenergetic. Following a cleanse will help get rid of those toxins that are making you feel that way.  I am currently offering my Eat Clean, Get Lean Fall Cleanse.  I offer a 7 day or a 21 day. Click here for more information. Also, for anyone in the San Diego area, I am offering a special right now. If you sign up for my 7 day cleanse by November 15th, you will receive a FREE 60 MINUTE MASSAGE at Massage by Noel.
  8. Essential oils can be very effective to creating and supporting energy.  If you have a difficult time getting up in the morning, try putting a couple drops of Peppermint essential oil on your palms and inhaling. Peppermint is very invigorating and energizing.  Basil is also good for overall energy and vitality. A combination of Peppermint and Orange can also be very energizing.  You can inhale it or combine them in a roller bottle with a carrier oil and apply it as needed.  If you are interested in any essential oils or want more information on them, please feel free to contact me at coastalwellnesscoaching@outlook.com.
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