Famed poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The world belongs to the energetic.” Boy, was he right! We all need a stable supply of energy to survive, progress and thrive in life—perhaps now more than ever in these hectic, fast-paced times.

Whether you need mental, physical or emotional energy to accomplish your daily workload, the Inspiring Women team has a few tips for keeping your fuel tank topped off and your engine running well.


Improve Your Sleep Quality with Magnesium

If you find yourself dozing off during the day or having difficulty focusing on tasks, your nightly sleep quality is the first factor to consider. One simple trick to sleeping more soundly at night is by taking a magnesium supplement. If supplements aren’t your thing, try eating dark leafy greens to naturally add more magnesium to your diet.


Boost Your Brain Power with Vitamin B12

Speaking of supplements, B12 is another great vitamin for reducing brain fog and boosting mental energy. Red meat and shellfish are great natural sources, but many plant-based foods today are fortified with B12 as well.


Spend Energy to Gain Energy

When it comes to physical energy, it’s easy to get caught in a vicious cycle of lethargy and laziness. As counterintuitive as it may seem, forcing yourself to get active a few times a week will increase your overall energy levels. The first few workouts may be difficult, but stick with it and you’ll soon feel sharper and more alert throughout your day and be sleeping better at night.


Defeat Daytime Drowsiness with a Balanced Lunch

Feel great in the mornings but hit a wall after lunch? You may be eating meals that are too high in one macronutrient while lacking in another. Try to prepare lunches that feature a good balance of protein, healthy fats and high-fiber carbs. Chicken avocado salad with a side of quinoa is a great example of a well-balanced dish.


Give Your Mind Some Downtime with a Digital Detox

Sometimes our mental energy reserves can be drained by activities we associate with downtime and relaxation. Scrolling through social media or binge watching a TV series can be fun, but they also tend to deplete our facilities rather than replenish them. A lot of this has to do with the effect that blue light from devices has on our brains. If you’ve been feeling burned out lately, try ditching all screen-related sources of stimulation for a weekend to give your mind a deep rest and the ability to recharge.


Energy is a hot commodity, but luckily a renewal resource! We hope these tips make a difference in your energy levels so you can get back to doing the things that you enjoy most.

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