Feeling Lethargic? Here's How To Perk Up Fast

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 Feeling lethargic can negatively impact your whole life if it’s a problem you’re having to deal with most days. After a night of interrupted sleep, you might feel lethargic, but if it’s a problem that you can’t seem to find an explanation for, you may need to try a number of solutions before you land on something that really seems to help you perk up. Whether you’ve got a packed to-do list that you’re tired of falling behind on, or you simply want to have the energy you need to enjoy life, the ideas here can help you to perk up quickly and avoid lethargy in the long run. 

Work On Sleep Quality 
You might think you’re getting 8 hours sleep, but if your sleep quality is off then no amount of sleep will feel like enough. Sleep quality can suffer due to a number of lifestyle factors that you’ll need to work on if you’re going to get better. For example, drinking caffeine is fine, but if you drink it too close to bedtime then you will likely struggle to drift off and toss and turn. You can also improve your sleep quality by:
  • Removing technology from the bedroom.
  • Investing in blackout blinds or curtains. 
  • Having a wind-down routine that is at least one hour before you sleep. 
  • Exercising earlier on in the day to get rid of excess energy.
  • Writing out a to-do list for the next day so that everything is out of your head.
Make Sure You’re Eating A Balanced Diet 
Balanced diets require protein, fats, and carbs. Carbs are not the enemy - we need them to have the energy to function! If you’re unsure of how to go about this, have a portion of protein, fats, and carbs with each meal. Make sure you’re also eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. You can use an app to track what you’re eating if you’re worried you’re still not getting the balance right. 

Visit Your Doctor For Tests 
Sometimes, lethargy could be due to a much deeper problem. You may have an iron deficiency, in which case iron deficiency tablets will give you the energy boost you need. Even a potassium deficiency could negatively impact your energy levels. Your doctor will be able to tell you more, so make an appointment. 

Take A Cold Shower 
A cold shower might not be the most pleasurable way to spend your time, but staying under the cold water for just 30 seconds could shock your body and give you a massive cognitive boost! 

Try A New Beverage 
Many people rely on coffee to get them through the day, but if it’s not working for you, you may want to try something else. Yerba mate is a drink that can give you great energy without the highs and lows. 

Take A Walk Outside 
I know it's COVID times, but if possible, get outside for some fresh air and exercise, even if it’s only for a short time. And yes, even in Bahrain's humidity.

Do More Of The Things You Love 
We can sometimes feel lethargic because we aren't doing enough of the things that excite us. Make sure you’re putting time aside for whatever it is you love to do. 

To summarize, being aware of how you're feeling and doing heaps of self-care goes a long way in feeling energetic and happy. Good sleep, fresh air, exercise, being aware of what you're eating and drinking, good nutrition and doing the things you love should help you get out of that slump you recently find yourself in.

Until next time,


Shabana Feroze

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