I’m talking here about your own personal energy here, not trying to flog you cavity wall insulation! We can sometimes have those days (thankfully rarely in our household) when we just feel like we have no energy. Some of you may even have weeks or months feeling like this. There are many medical reasons (that should all be ruled out first, chiropractic care is not about replacing any form of medical care) for this, but very often this lack of energy has no obvious cause. Well, you may just be losing energy, or you may actually not be gaining it either: It’s a like balance sheet with deposits and withdrawals.
For those of you who are not following me, let’s break this down. We’re not talking about energy in terms of calories. We’re talking about the energy that we gain after a long walk or a holiday. A lack can be explained in many ways. Here are some factors that you can look at if you feel that you are low on energy:
- Poor sleep cycles – regular sleep patterns are vital for a decent night’s sleep. Quality (one orthopaedic pillow, a firm mattress, sleeping on your back or side) and quantity (aim to get 6-8hrs if you’re an adult, in bed soon after 10pm, no screen time beforehand for an hour).
- Poor posture – if you have poor posture you are literally leaking energy. Posture checks, chiropractic adjustments, along with Pilates and yoga, are great at minimising this loss.
- Inefficient digestion – it doesn’t matter how good your diet is, if the good stuff’s not getting absorbed, you’re not going to get the benefit. Probiotics can start the ball rolling again, along with gut-healing foods such as meat broths. (Water is a vital ingredient too!)
- Sick Building Syndrome – There are thousands of people who are working in unproductive offices due to this problem: Bad air quality (old air conditioners), dust, noise and lighting are often to blame, along with poor seating and ergonomics.
- No Grounding – I am talking here merely about getting out for a walk in the fresh air, meditation or yoga can also help you to recharge your energy levels.
If you are experiencing any problems with the above, try making one or two small changes and see what happens. As I stated above, you need to consult a qualified health professional if you feel that there is no obvious cause for your loss of energy: your body may be trying to tell you something is wrong.