This blog post was sponsored by Aspire Healthy Energy Drinks, all opinions are our own.
Remember when you were younger and you wondered why adults were always so busy, booked up and tired? Well…I don’t need to wonder why anymore because as a 30-something I finally understand that the older you get the busier you are!
Being busy all the time can lead to burnout and your productivity goes down. Between being dog mom of 3, planning a destination wedding, having a full-time job, wanting to spend quality time with my fiancé and still trying to socialize IS SO HARD. January was especially hard on me and I knew it was time to make a change and find healthy ways to have energy to do the things I have to do, the things I love to do and be able to do them well.
So, how am I doing it you might ask…keep reading!
Get enough sleep
Fun fact: I work for a sleep wellness website yet I wasn’t getting enough good sleep. Sleep is key to your waking life. Don’t be that girl who brags about only getting a few hours of sleep because you have so much to do, you need 7-8 hours of GOOD sleep to be able to stay energized and productive in your waking life.
It’s no secret that exercising regularly has a number of benefits, but one that can often be overlooked is the fact that regular exercise can make you feel less fatigued in your daily life. If you’re just getting into it, try walking 10,000 steps per day or going on a short run each day. If you wan
Mix it up so you don’t get bored or until you find something you truly love, try cycling (got a Peloton? Follow me at @alessbarcelona), hot yoga, pilates or circuit training.
Add more complex carbs to your diet
As women, we tend to villanize carbs, but eating the right carbs will only have positive effects on your body and energy levels. Complex carbs like quinoa, oats, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and legumes deliver energy to your body more steadily than simple carbohydrates. Carbs are not the enemy, babes. You just have to find the good kind and maintain a balanced diet.
Not only is getting outside a great way to work toward your exercise goals, but getting natural light and fresh air can actually improve your mood and energy levels. As someone who works from home, sometimes I spend 10+ hours without seeing the outside world, and it was not good for me. These days I block out an hour for my lunchtime every day and walk around my yard or my neighborhood for at least 15min. It’s done wonders for my mood and energy. If you can’t get outside, open up your curtains for some light in your home.
In a time where most of us are working from home, it’s easy to become anti-social and feel completely isolated at times. Forcing yourself to connect and socialize with friends and family is essential to improving your mood and feeling energized. On that note, limit your alcohol intake. I love a good wine or margarita night, but without setting limits it can lead to a 2 day hangover and I can kiss goodbye to all my productivity.
Try Aspire Healthy Energy Drinks
There’s so much we can do to feel more energized, but we still need our daily caffeine boost. I’ve been drinking ASPIRE healthy energy drinks for the past few weeks and I love them! They are the first energy drinks that have been intentionally formulated for women, and have natural caffeine that leads to more sustainable energy, rather than drinking a coffee and crashing later in the day. The flavors: dark cherry lime, mango lemonade, and raspberry acai are super yummy. Plus, they are lightly sparkling, have no calories, no sugar, no carbs, and natural caffeine from premium green tea and essential vitamins for sustained energy and focus without the jitters. ASPIRE energy drinks are available at Walmart and walmart.com.
How do y’all stay energized? Let us know in the comments!