Are these Habits Leeching Your Energy?
Updated: Apr 7
Do you want to know the number one problem that clients mention during their first consultation? Almost without exception, it's their lack of energy ... ... and reduced energy levels is an issue that many of us increasingly recognise. In fact, one study suggests that the number of adults reporting low energy has increased by a whopping 17% from pre-pandemic levels.
So, what are the primary drains on your energy, and can you do anything about it?
Well, there are lots of normal, everyday habits that can sap your energy and leave you feeling fatigued. So let's have a look at the top ten as I see them:
10 Things That Are Draining Your Energy
1. Not getting enough exercise.
Not moving your body can make you want to move even LESS and it can be a vicious circle! Moreover, lethargy begets lethargy. Making time for exercise can get your blood pumping, improve your stamina, and boost your energy levels.
2. Eating processed and refined carbs.
Whilst they might give you a quick shot of energy (thank you blood sugar rush), when your body produces the insulin to regulate the blood sugar, the drop can leave you feeling tired.
3. Not getting enough quality sleep.
Your body needs sleep to fully recover and recharge. Just one night of disrupted sleep can result in increased drowsiness, poor concentration and lowered energy levels.
4. Food sensitivities.
Fatigue can be one of the side effects of eating foods that your body is sensitive to. It's worth checking with your GP if you suspect that you might have food sensitivities or intolerances. Common culprits include, but are not restricted to gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
5. Eating too LITTLE.
Not getting enough calories (i.e. food) can make you feel tired as can eating a poor-quality diet that lacks sufficient nutrients to support your body's vital functions and your daily activities.
6. Not getting enough protein.
Studies show that eating protein helps boosts your metabolism, and scientists believe this may play a role in preventing tiredness.
7. Drinking too little water.
Studies show that being even a little dehydrated can make it harder to stay focused, and leave you feeling drained and fatigued.
8. Energy drinks (including coffee).
Similar to refined carbohydrates, these can cause your energy levels to soar before crashing back again. In addition, caffeine can take up to 8 hours to clear from your system, making it harder to get a good night's sleep which further adds to the energy drain.
Feeling constantly stressed will deflate your energy, both mentally and emotionally which is why it's so important to understand your stress and seek tools to manage it appropriately.
10. Being in a negative environment.
It’s possible to absorb the moods of the people around you. Being aware of the atmosphere and your reactions to it can
help lower your susceptibility, as can finding things that make you feel more positive.
There are plenty of things you can do to help protect your energy levels.
Move your body - Drink your water - Eat healthy whole foods - Surround yourself with positive people.
Everything is connected – nutrition, sleep, stress, fitness, mindset, environment. It only takes one to be out of kilter, and your body will find a way to let you know.
Try removing these ten potential leeches and, if your sense of vitality is not improved, have a chat with your doctor to rule out any underlying issues.