Five Ways to Support Your Mental Energy Levels

Mental energy affects everything we do in life.

Have you ever gotten to work, and realized that it was taking every ounce of mental energy you had to be present? If you work a full-time job, I’m going to assume the answer is yes. Although lately there has been more of a push in our country to pay attention to mental health, we still don’t treat it with the importance that it deserves. 

Your mental health and state of mind is probably the single most important aspect of your overall health, and it can impact your physical health in a variety of ways. Depression and anxiety can affect your diet and exercise regimens. Stress can cause you to overeat, or not eat enough. And all three of these mental issues can start because you aren’t paying attention to your mental energy levels.

Simply put, your mental energy level refers to your ability to take an active part in your daily tasks. You can probably tell when you are running low on mental energy, and if you take action to try and support your mind, it can have a lasting effect on your mind both in the moment, and long term. Here are a few ways to support your mental energy.

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Meditate- Meditation clears and centers your mind. Even though it feels like torture at first, and your mind will likely try and prevent you from meditating, there is no greater way to restore your mental energy than by giving your mind a rest and allowing it to untangle itself with meditation.

Change Your Diet- Your diet has a lot to do with your energy in general. If you find yourself low, try snacking on nuts, leafy greens, citrus fruits, or eggs, yogurt, or cheese.

Adopt a Regular Sleep Schedule- The best thing you can do for your health is to get on a regular sleep schedule. Your body will tell you how much sleep it needs, you just need to turn off Netflix and listen. Does it sound like I’m talking to myself? Because I am.

Try Supplements- Some people swear by mental energy supplements like B12, gingko biloba, fish oils, creatine, and ginseng. If you want a quick fix, it’s worth a try.

Exercise- Don’t want to meditate? Try exercise. Exercise has the same mind-clearing effect as meditation with a physical benefit to boot. 

Regardless of how you do it, paying attention to your mental energy levels and respecting your mental health is vital to living a well-balanced life.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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