Our energy and time are some of the most precious commodities we possess in this increasingly fast-paced world. They’re like currency and the more you have, the better off you’ll be. Conserving energy means you make the most efficient use of your time and respect your need for a healthy routine.
1. Start with a nourishing breakfast.
I get it. This isn’t news to any of us, but that doesn’t make it any less important or any less true. Some days we just don’t feel like eating breakfast at all, but chucking a banana and some instant porridge in your bag before you dash out the door doesn’t take much thought. Choosing slow burn energy foods will help to keep you energised for longer and hopefully stave off morning cravings. Raw muesli with chopped banana is my preference (bland food is easier on my stomach in the mornings).
If that doesn’t sound appealing, it’s always better to eat something rather than nothing before you start the day. If last night’s leftovers are calling your name, listen to your gut.
"Choosing slow burn energy foods will help to keep you energised for longer and hopefully stave off morning cravings." Image: iStock.
2. Use coffee judiciously.
Everyone has a different level of tolerance for this brown, liquidy gift from the heavens. If you’re on say, three coffees a day, try replacing one or two of them with a low-caffeine tea of your choice. If you’re on five or more, you may need to question your life choices. The crashes you’re having in between each steaming cup are just not worth the highs.
3. Take little walks throughout the day.
This is particularly important if your job requires you to sit at a desk for the majority of your day. Try to get up and take a walk or do some stretches when you can. If you have to find a secret corridor or corner to really stretch out those hammies without flashing the whole office, I’m certainly not going to judge.
You can also choose to go to the coffee shop that’s a little further down the road or take the stairs instead of the lift. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make to how energised you feel as the day wears on.