balance

Your cycle, fluctuating hormones, the brunch with the girls that turned into dinner or realising your child is actually the spawn of an octopus when you’re trying to get them dressed, are all things that can play havoc with your energy levels. Bottomless brunches and feral children aside, there are things you can do to try and keep your energy on an even keel. There are some simple steps you can take in your busy life that, once they become habits, may help to boost your energy and give you back that spring in your step.

> Get outdoors. Have you heard of forest bathing? It’s the latest thing people in the US are going crazy for. They’re embracing what we’ve known in Ireland for years – a good walk, amongst the trees is good for body and mind. Take your family, friends or pets to your local patch of pine and oak and go for a walk that raises your heartbeat, your energy levels and your mood.

Forest bathing

> Eat the rainbow. It’s true that we should all be eating less meat for the environment but going veggie a few days a week will work wonders for your health, both physical and mental, too. Try and eat seasonal, locally grown fruit and veggies and boost your fibre and vitamin intake. 25grams of fibre a day is recommended for women and too little negatively affects energy levels and weight management.

> Cut your coffee. While you think that second cup of coffee is helping your energy levels it’s actually having the opposite effect. It will give you a boost for about 20 minutes but when that has worn off it can leave you in a slump for the rest of the day. Caffeine actually depletes the micronutrients that are essential for battling fatigue and that second or third cup may be making things worse.

> Get enough sleep. You’ve no energy so going to bed should be easy peasy right? Wrong. Like caffeine, sleep or lack of it can be another vicious circle that’s hard to get out of. Being stressed about not getting enough sleep can lead to, you guessed it, not enough sleep, which in turn leads to a lack of daytime energy. Even if you’re not sleeping it’s important to practice good sleep hygiene so that when your body is ready you’ve made it easy for it. Go to bed at the same time every night. Don’t have any screen time for at least an hour before bed. Bed is for sleeping so get rid of distractions like TV, food and even reading. Try meditating in the evening and if that doesn’t work try a bath or some white noise.

> Take a supplement like Cleanmarine for Women or Cleanmarine MenoMin (for women who are perimenopausal or menopausal) which contain vitamins B2 and B6 that contribute to reducing tiredness and fatigue - something a lot of us could do with some help with.