CEO and Co-Founder of high-performance nutrition brand Revvies, John Nolan-Neylan, offers his top tips to help Brits re-energise and avoid a midweek slump.
For Brits across the nation, the past two days have been full of excitement with shops, pubs and gyms reopening their doors. In the past two day Brits have packed in as much as they can to make up for the time we have lost from the months spent in lockdown and confined to their homes. But now as the nation ventures back to normality and back to enjoying the aspects of everyday life that we have missed, could today be the most tiring day of the year so far?
It is easy to start off the week on a high and under great momentum, especially under the excitement of the lockdown measures easing and pubs, shops and gyms finally reopening once again. But after spending months under tight lockdown restrictions, many of us are now feeling tired, drained and possibly hungover after just two days of normality, with the momentum and energy from the start of the week starting to slip.
Nationally representative research conducted by Revvies, has found that 37% of Brits claim their energy levels are the lowest they have ever been and this has had adverse affects on our ability to maintain our energy throughout the week. Now, Brits throughout the country are looking for ways to re-energise and motivate themselves to get out and make up for the months spent in lockdown, and now face the challenge of rebuilding their energy levels, fighting fatigue and combat this epidemic of exhaustion in order to get back to normality.
- 37% of Brits say that their energy levels are the lowest they have ever been
- 37% of Brits say that working from home has made them the most lethargic and tired they have ever been
- 23% of Brits claim that their normal methods of replenishing their energy levels take too much time or cost too much money to be realistic (meditation, spas, exercise, supplements)
- 18% of Brits avoid caffeinated drinks as they upset their stomach
John Nolan-Neylan, co-founder of high-nutrition brand and energy specialists Revvies, offers his tips to help Brits re-energise and avoid a midweek slump.
1. Vitamin intake and balanced diet
Much has been made of the benefits of Vitamin D in recent months, and with good reason. Vitamin D is known to help our bodies keep healthy and fight infections, but there are many vitamins which are essential to maintaining healthy bodily function and energy levels. Lockdown has also been detrimental for our eating habits, with many experiencing weight gain in recent months. With this in mind, making a conscious effort to eat a balanced, nutritious diet and supplementing with added vitamins – particularly D, B6 and B12 – can help to boost energy.
A study conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory found that being even mildly dehydrated can have effects on your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly. Fatigue can be caused by the lack of hydration in your cells; in order to optimise the production of energy from food, it is essential you drink enough water and avoid being dehydrated at all times. Drinking water after a tough workout can help rid your body of toxins and prevent dehydration. The average water intake in Britain according to Revvies’ studies is less than 4 glasses a day – the recommended intake is 8!
3. Sleeping well and starting the day off on a high
Getting regular, good quality sleep is arguably one of the most important aspects in the fight against tiredness, but starting the morning off right sets the tone for how we feel for the rest of the day. Sticking to a consistent sleeping schedule and sleeping in a cool room is helpful, whilst sleep masks and earplugs can create excellent conditions for good sleep. After waking up, completing a short morning ritual of stretching, meditation, or simply lying in bed and reflecting on how you feel can help you to engage your brain and start the day positively.
4. Have some ‘mindful’ me time, and meditate
Practicing mindfulness, and particularly engaging in a simple meditation practice, has been linked to a host of cognitive benefits. Allowing yourself some time to relax, quiet the mind, and focus on regular, smooth breathing can boost the brain’s executive functions, reduce impulsive and emotional behaviour, improve mood, and leave you feeling energised.
5. Organise your time to make the most out of your day
The benefits of organising your day are simple – being more organised and achieving your goals gives you a great sense of satisfaction, and gives you more time to reap the rewards of the other tips on this list! Being able to effectively plan your day will help you to boost your productivity – both at work and at home – and enable you to take the me time, nap time and exercise time needed to live a happy and energy-filled life.
6. Peppermint Essential Oil
A non-food boost can be delivered from Peppermint essential oil, commonly used in aromatherapy. It is widely accepted to be a great energy booster helping you to regain focus and stimulate your brain’s focusing abilities, for example studies have shown that the aroma from the oil has a measurable positive impact on the performance of fatigued drivers.
7. Caffeine, minus the add-ons
Caffeine is extremely effective, but bur intake of caffeine through coffees and energy drinks is typically accompanied by a whole host of other ingredients, few of them good. Revvies Energy Strips contain either 40mg or 100mg of caffeine in each serving, and dissolve on the tongue in seconds. Used by professional sports teams and Olympic athletes, you can take them without any unhealthy, sugary drinks for a convenient and rapid boost of energy, and the strips are sugar/gluten free, and vegan. Taking a Revvies sugar-free strip in a moment of fatigue, or just at the end of the working day, will give you the alertness and energy you need to help you make the most of your day.
John Nolan-Neylan, co-founder of high-performance nutrition brand, Revvies:
“This entire year has had a huge strain on all of our energy levels, and a third lockdown has left many feeling down in the dumps. In order to overcome this hurdle, it is really important for us to perk up and stay positive during these tough times.
“Our research highlights the dramatic negative impact this past year has had on our energy levels, and as lockdown measures ease, it is more important than ever for us to find ways to re-energise ourselves to help get back to normality. The mental strain brought about by lockdown, alongside the disruption to our routines and restricted freedoms, has without a doubt resulted in increased tiredness and fatigue for millions. With that said, these are just some of the ways we can overcome the high level of fatigue and tiredness we’ve been exposed to recently”
Revvies Energy Strips, which contain either 40mg or 100mg of caffeine in each serving, are sugar-free, vegan and gluten free. The strips dissolve on the tongue and take effect in 5-10 minutes without being as hard on the stomach as caffeine pills or gels. They come in three different flavours and are available through the UK Amazon website.