Due to the coronavirus lockdown, we’re moving a lot less – but it seems we are even more exhausted than ever.
There are a number of different reasons why lockdown could be draining your energy – from anxiety disrupting normal routines, to stress-related insomnia keeping you up at night.
Of course, if more serious underlying issues – such as anxiety – are causing you to feel persistently tired, it’s important to contact your GP.
But, for those simply looking for an energy pick-me-up, there are a whole host of things you can try to prevent grogginess.
Nutritionist Jenna Hope says keeping yourself hydrated will ensure the body can maintain its daily functions. In other words, it won’t have to work harder to keep everything in order (which is likely to tire you out).
Jenna tells Metro.co.uk:‘Water plays a key role in transporting nutrients around the body and removing waste products. It’s easy to forget to drink when you’re at home all day but it’s so important as dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches poor concentration and irritability.’
Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium
Feeling sluggish can sometimes indicate a deficiency in magnesium.
Jenna says: ‘This nutrient is a co-enzyme to over 300 processes within the body, including energy metabolism.
‘Lockdown is a stressful period and magnesium plays a key role in supporting stress demands within the body.’
She recommends loading up on magnesium-rich foods, such green leafy vegetables, nuts (especially almonds), seeds, bananas, fish and cocoa.
Load up on protein
Protein is essential for maintaining energy throughout the day – that’s why it’s so popular with athletes and gym-goers. This is also because protein takes longer than carbohydrates to break down in the body – offering a longer-lasting energy source.
Jenna adds: ‘Protein will help stabilise your blood sugar levels throughout the day and keep you fuller to prevent those energy dips.’