3 Ways to Improve Your Energy Levels (Caffeine Not Included)

woman smiling walking in a fieldIt's natural to feel a bit sluggish at times, especially considering the demands put on the modern woman, who is often expected to have a booming career and a well-run household. And, reaching for an extra large mocha latte is likely to only give a temporary boost and leave you feeling even groggier than before.
 
Women who are looking for ways to increase their energy levels sans caffeine, drugs or supplements—most of which have little to no science to back them—only need to make some lifestyle adjustments to fuel their busy lives.
 
1. De-stress
Tension and anxiety are extremely draining not only on the mind, but the body as well. Essentially, when the brain senses stress, it sends chemical responses that activate the nervous system, which can affect all of the organs and result in a rapid heartbeat and digestive problems. These physiological and mental effects are sure to deplete energy levels.
 
The first step in de-stressing is identifying your main stressors, and then determining which of them can be alleviated. For example, if you're taking on extra responsibility at work that's causing you to stay at the office for extended hours or even lose sleep, consider talking to your manager about distributing some of your duties. Most organizations are sensitive to employees' stress levels and need for a work-life balance.
 
Other ways to let go of stress include meditation and yoga, which help align the body and mind to reduce tension and promote overall well-being. Even simply closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths when you feel overcome by stress may be more helpful than you think.
 
2. Work it out
While making time in your day for exercise may seem like an impossible task, the benefits of physical activity are significant enough for you to prioritize a daily walk or jog, even if it means giving up watching the evening news.