7 Tips to Maintain Energy as You Age

There are so many factors that affect our energy levels. From emotional stress to iron intake, so many tasks you might not think about as “energy-giving” are, in fact, providing vital resources and energy levels that greatly increase your quality of life. Here are a few items that affect our energy levels on the day-to-day:

  • Nutrition – Are you a fan of green leafy veggies? These increase iron, and therefore energy levels.

  • Exercise – Moderate and appropriate exercise every day can allow your body to release endorphins that give you a steady boost of energy.

  • Sleep – The obvious indicator of energy, if you are getting too little (or too much!) sleep, your energy levels might plateau.

  • Self-Care – Do you take a moment for yourself everyday to manage stress and process the events of the day? This can be vital to your energy upkeep.

  • Age – As we age, due to pace of life, disease, and our body’s natural processes, our energy levels can be lacking.

Now for some tips! If you are aging, and wondering how to maintain your original pace of life with rigor, you are not alone, and there are some practices you can implement:

  1. Have patience with yourself! Habits form overtime, and it is important that in this process of “searching for energy” you allow yourself some time, and understand that lack of energy is a message from your body to change some patterns, or to simply slow down!

  2. Start making nutritious choices. Drink more water, get your body moving, eat more vegetables! Food really is medicine, and these simple changes can make a world of a difference.

  3. Volunteer or help a family member. This is the age-old “energy well.” Being valued for the help you provide to other people can be a great way to get out of a season of low energy, which might have been due to emotional unhealth! Getting perspective on our lives as part of a community is a great way to regain that emotional health. 

  4. Get some sun! Did you know that Vitamin D is a natural source of energy? Soak in the sun – but grab some sunscreen to protect your skin!

  5. Check your prescriptions – sometimes fatigue is a side-effect from your medications. Talk to your doctor about changing dosage if you are experiencing an unmanageable amount of fatigue.

  6. Challenge your brain! Keeping up with memory games and crossword puzzles can be a great way to exercise your mind and keep it energized.

  7. Talk! – unloading your day, your feelings, and even just your expectations for everyday can be a cathartic experience that boosts your mood, and therefore your energy!

 

Losing energy can be frustrating. You might not feel like yourself anymore because you cannot participate in the activities you once enjoyed. Give yourself patience as you navigate through making some lifestyle changes and being patient with new patterns as they form. Talk to a family member or health professional about your frustrations with your lack of energy, and seek to make small changes – they can make a huge difference!

 

Sources:

https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/idahofalls/blog/2017/12/how-seniors-can-boost-energy-levels

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/age-defying-energy-levels

https://homecareassistance.com/blog/increasing-energy-levels

 

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