Often, we can find it difficult to open up about our daily life struggles. When we are feeling low, even the simplest of tasks can feel overwhelming. Fatigue doesn’t just affect us physically, it can affect us psychologically too. In today’s blog, we will share with you our top tips for boosting your energy levels, as well as explaining the links between low mood and low energy.

Feeling low can impact many areas of our everyday lives, including our diet, sleep, and activity levels. Each of these areas can also significantly impact our energy levels – often clouding our judgement and affecting our overall mood and well-being.

Diet

Our eating habits can be affected by our mood, in particular a low mood. Changes in weight and appetite can often be the first sign of a person who is suffering from low moods. Food is fuel – it has a direct impact on your energy levels. If you find yourself losing your appetite, question if it is because you are suffering from a low mood.

On the other hand, overeating can also be due to low mood. However, when we overeat because of a low mood, often your body craves the wrong kinds of food – like a comfort blanket. This will also impact your energy levels, especially after a sugary fix! Sugary foods give your body a temporary spike in insulin, providing a temporary high in energy levels. This then results in a low, which can contribute to feelings of irritability and anxiety.

Sleep

Those who suffer from low mood can also typically suffer from a lower quality of sleep. Even if low mood doesn’t have dramatic impacts on sleep quality, it can still leave us waking up not feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Low mood can mean that it takes longer to get to sleep initially, cause disturbances within the sleep, and allow less deep sleep – which is essential for restoration.

Activity levels

Motivation, self-esteem, and interests can all be negatively impacted by low mood. This can result in us withdrawing from people, or activities that we would usually enjoy. This withdrawal can them become a vicious downwards spiral, where we feel so low that we are unable to live life and enjoy it to the fullest. This type of isolation is one of the major contributing factors in the development of depression.

Top tips for boosting your energy levels:

• Invest in some helpful herbs – the Kira range of products contain natural ingredients for LowMood Relief, Hormonal Balance, and Restful Sleep.
• Eat energy boosting foods, and a well-balanced diet.
• Exercise regularly to reduce endorphins and boost your mood and energy levels.
• Maintain a manageable workload – do not strain yourself.
• Manage your stress levels through breathing exercises or meditation.

 

Should you need further support with your mental health, please visit a GP or refer to the below sites:
Mind
NHS Mental Health Services
Samaritans