Combat mid-year fatigue with ways to naturally boost energy.

As we have reached the halfway point in the year, many people may be feeling constant fatigue due to adding more tasks to their to-do list than crossing off. This is normal; mid-year burnout is very common. Fortunately, there are some healthy ways to boost your energy levels and get out of that summer slump!  

Are You Really Tired or Are You Sleepy?

Some people use the words “sleepy” and “tired” interchangeably, but they actually mean different things.  “Tired” refers to feeling fatigued and lacking the energy to complete basic daily tasks, while “sleepy” means you’re in need of good sleep.

If you find yourself unable to stay awake or nodding off multiple times after getting less than five hours of sleep, the simple solution may be to focus on getting quality sleep. Quality sleep generally means getting seven to nine hours of rest in a cool, dark, and quiet environment with no distractions. When we are sleepy, quality rest will usually leave us feeling energized the next day.

However, if you feel like you are getting enough sleep and are still experiencing tiredness, you may be facing mid-year burnout or fatigue.

Why Are You Experiencing Mid-Year Burnout?

When you lack the energy to focus or complete tasks due to tiredness, you are most likely experiencing burnout of some kind. You may have tried different things and seen no change. Most people experience fatigue for a combination of reasons, such as:

  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Lack of a nutritional diet
  • Minimal physical activity
  • Increased stress
  • Excessive alcohol and drug use

4 Health Tips to Boost Energy Levels and Combat Mid-Year Burnout

There are healthy ways to naturally boost the body’s energy levels and help bring you out of the mid-year burnout fog. Some are pretty simple, like eating right, getting more rest, and exercising. However, some ways to fight back against the mid-year slump may be surprising.

1. Avoid Smoking

We have all heard that smoking is unhealthy, but the effect on the body’s energy levels can be drastic. The nicotine in cigarettes feeds off your energy and can make it hard for you to fall and stay asleep.   

2. Limit Added Sugar

When you are tired, you may think about grabbing a sugary drink or snack for an energy boost. However, high-sugar foods wear off quickly and can leave you feeling more tired than before. Fruits and whole foods with natural sugars are typically the better option for stabilizing energy levels.

3. Drink More Water

Of course. Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is good for overall health, but did you know water can increase energy levels? Water combats the adverse effects that dehydration can have on the brain, lowering the body’s ability to function. This is especially important in these hot summer months.

4. Connect With Family and Friends

Disconnecting from work and other obligations and socializing with family and friends or joining a club and participating in a new hobby might seem like it will only make you more tired, but it is the opposite. Socialization is great for boosting energy, while isolation is proven to lower mood and energy levels.

Many people may begin to feel tired and lack energy as we head into the second part of the year. However, some healthy lifestyle adjustments can be made to naturally boost your energy levels and remove extreme tiredness from your body.

If you find yourself experiencing extreme symptoms and need immediate medical attention, Phoenix ER is here. From dehydration to severe headaches, our team of emergency expert physicians gets treatment initiated quickly and you back to your everyday life activities. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your neighborhood ER is here for you!

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