Eight Tips How to Maintain Energy

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When the life is busy your body needs even more attention and care. Even though we all know that it’s still sometimes hard to find time for cooking, relaxing and even sleeping, when your body and mind need those the most.

 

Today I’ll share you some tips that have helped me to maintain energy. If you’re new here, I’m doing two jobs (around 50 hours a week in total), I’m studying in university, blogging and training at gym 5 times a week. I guess I can say I’m being quite busy haha.

 

Eight Tips How to Maintain Energy

 

  1. Cook as Nutritious Food as Possible

 

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In general cooking your own food can be the healthiest option. Remember to eat greens in every meal and try different foods.

 

Give attention to nutritional values of the ingredients: prefer fresh vegetables, whole wheat and non-processed food. Learn to cook something that’s both healthy and delicious that makes maintaining energy so much easier!

 

  1. Always Have Healthy Snack Ready to Go

 

Learn to do and buy healthy snacks and always have them ready for busy days. I always have some nuts, protein bars and fresh fruits at home. Also ingredients for a smoothie (LINK TO SMOOTHIES TAG) are a must! It’s so much easier to eat healthy when you don’t have to panic shop your snacks.

 

  1. Find Better Options in Restaurants

 

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If you eat out a lot, you should find some healthy and nutritious options to maintain energy. If you eat pizza everyday I bet you don’t feel very good after it. Finding restaurants with tasty salads have been a lifesaver for me. You can also try something like salmon or tofu with mashed potatoes and veggies.

 

Some restaurants tell the nutritional values or ingredients but in general the greener and less processed looking the food is it tends to be better for you. Try to avoid very salty or sugary foods because they usually decrease your energy levels after a while from eating them.

 

  1. Keep Yourself Hydrated

 

Remember also to drink a lot of water throughout the day! This will keep you hydrated and make sure your energy levels don’t drop because of dehydration. This is essential especially if you live in a warm environment and when it’s summertime.

 

  1. Relax whenever you can

 

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Take some time for yourself when you can. Go to a massage when you have an afternoon off or take a power nap. My Apple Watch has also brought 1-minute deep breathing exercises to my breaks. It amazing how much something so simple can decrease your stress levels and gives you energy.

 

Sometimes when I’m having a day off I have a temptation to wake up 6am schedule my every second. It’s okay to do so, sometimes. However you should remember to sleep when you can. And you’ll for sure be more effective when you’re well rested.

 

  1. Have a planner or use your phones notes

 

What a stress reliever it is to have all written down! You don’t then have to remember where to be next or what you have promised to your friends. You can relax and know that everything is written down and you can get back to those for planning when you have time. And you can focus on what you’re doing right now, instead of focusing on everything you should do in future.

 

You can use a planner to plan your meals and snacks so that you don’t have to think about them when you’re tired and hungry. It’s also good when creating a balanced combination of work, workouts, rest and social life.

 

 

  1. Sometimes multitasking is a lifesaver

 

We all know that doing multiple things at the same time is not the most effective way to operate. But if you’re as busy as I am this can be a lifesaver! For example when I’m at gym doing cardio I like to take care of my social at the same time. Indoor cycling does not require very much attention so instead of just doing it I can take care of my social too.

 

I also like combining my lunches with seeing my spouse. Sometimes we both work long hours but it’s nice to have a lunch and chat together with him or with friends when possible. Also having a lunch with colleagues is a good way to relax for a moment between all the working. Being social is a good way to relieve stress and maintain energy levels. Nobody can work without some breaks so remember to enjoy your lunch break with a good company and nutritious food when possible!

 

 

  1. Do things you love

 

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Your time is limited; every day is only 24 hours. Don’t waste those by doing things you don’t enjoy. When you do things you are passionate about you can easily work a lot and be busy but still remain happy and joyful.

 

If you don’t enjoy your job, hobby or studies, find something you love. Especially what comes to hobbies – they are quite easy to change and they should be things you do only because you enjoy them. What comes to studies and hobbies have a goal and a plan to achieve it. Of course there might be some courses or days you don’t love but it’s still remember that the goal is something you really want and what motivates you.

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the post. It would be interesting to hear your tips and tricks at the comment section, thanks! 🙂

70 comments

    1. Yes! I love breakfast smoothies too. You can add your favorite fruit, some protein powder and even some greens. I like to have different combos to make sure my diet offers better variety of nutrients. 🙂

  1. Great tips, especially on ones where it involves doing what you love and taking care of your body. I agree, eating fast food a lot really slows you down, haha. I want a change of lifestyle and work environment as I don’t feel like I’m growing anymore, so these tips really help!

  2. I agree with you that eating nutritious food should be number one. And of course, relaxing should be there. Machines breakdown if they are overwork, how much us humans.

    Thank you for sharing these tips!

  3. These are amazing tips, and I couldn’t agree more! I was talking with my friend the other day, and how sometimes we feel a bit lack of motivation and energy, and I think it’s definitely because we focus so much on work that we forget to ‘do other things we love’.

    1. Write down the things you need to do and then enjoy ticking the boxes. When you have all written down it’s easier to have some time for things you love. 🙂 Thanks for your comment Nya, I’m clad you enjoyed reading!

  4. These are all nice tips! I’m trying to eat healthy meals and I’m trying to choose healthy food when eating our with friends or family. Actually, for me it’s tricky to maintain energy because on some days, I feel energized, on some days I feel like not getting up from bed. I guess you really need to have good motivation to keep going. 🙂

    1. Motivation sure is very important. Having something fun included in your days might help you. Also wakeup light could help if you have to get up when it’s dark outdoors. 🙂 On issue might also be amount of sleep. I like using a sleep cycle alarm that wakes me up at proper part of the sleep cycle. You can upload these for free (at least for iPhones).

  5. You’re right about all these tips! I feel immediately if I don’t have any green or veggie in my meal. The body reaction works wonder. Smoothie though, is something I need to enforce in my daily breakfast menu.

  6. These are some great tips, I’ve started to cook from scratch with us doing baby led weaning with the little man, perhaps some of these tips can help me maintain my energy levels since I’m tired all the time 🙂

    1. If you exercise carry a big water bottle with you and start reading small sips during exercise. I always have my Victoria’s Secret 1 litre (33 oz) bottle with me and every time I happen to drink at least half of it at gym. Having a water bottle / class nearby while working / studying might also be a good reminder for you. I hope these tips help! 🙂

    1. I’m happy that you enjoyed them Jasmin! 🙂 I think quite many of us Finns might be lacking some energy after long and dark mid-winter so I thought it’s a good time to publish it during February haha!

  7. Maintaining energy is indeed important to jumpstart the day right. Sometimes when we are all sluggish, we tend to be irritable, making our day suffer as well. I mostly do your tips, but not good at looking for good options in a restaurant. Food at restaurants may be too tempting for me and I often opt for the unhealthy ones.

    1. If you don’t eat out very often it’s just fine to enjoy your meal without thinking calories or nutrients. However if you go there more than once a week it’s good to give some thought for the healthier options too. They usually are good tasting even if a bit healthier! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tips! I particularly like doing something you love. With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, we really need energy. It is also a good reminder for me to choose what I eat. 🙂

  9. I agree with you that we have to cook our own meals because this way, we can guarantee that the food is healthy and prepared well. But sometimes, it is nice to eat outside. Although my daughter always wants McDonald’s, we also eat at restaurants that offer healthy food. Aside from the food we eat, it is also very important to get enough rest and sleep.

    1. Yes, being healthy is a balance of good nutrients, resting enough and some exercise. In addition to these it’s good to enjoy life (whether the thing you enjoy is movies or McDonald’s), you just have to have a good balance between joyful things and healthy habits. Of course it would be best to love those healthy foods and activities but I think that everyone of us want a good burger or pizza sometimes, haha!

  10. Sometimes, I wish there are more than 24 hours per day. Since I sleep like an oil, I have the tendency to oversleep sometimes. Hence, diminishing the number of things that I can do for a day. However, I’m actually a multi-tasker (of some sort). It’s sometimes draining both physically and mentally but still surviving! What I do to maintain energy is to drink Milo. 😀

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