We all know that feeling of being totally drained, especially at the end of a massive year. You know … that world-weary, bleary-eyed, fourth-cup-of-coffee kinda feeling. When you’ve got nothing left in the tank it’s too exhausting to even begin to think about a way to fix your energy levels. So, we did it for you.

Here are four simple ways to boost your energy naturally that don’t include cutting your caffeine intake (cue gasp!) or getting more sleep (ain’t nobody got time for that).

Switch to wholegrains

Swapping your white carbs for the low-GI, wholegrain kind is an easy way to up your energy levels. While refined carbs give you a boost then a crash, the wholegrain variety releases energy slowly, keeping your body fuelled for the long-run. Go for eggs with wholemeal toast or a homemade bircher muesli for an energising start to the day you can rely on.  

Get moving

While you may feel like exercising when you’re already tired is the quickest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true. Experts say increased physical activity will actually increase your energy. In case you’re not convinced, let us remind you of this quote: “Wow, I really regret that workout, said no one ever.” Don’t worry, you don’t have to go for a 10km run or sweat it out in an intense HIIT workout. A simple walk around the block can do wonders for your energy levels.

Reduce stress

Stress is a serious energy suck. Our adrenal glands produce stress hormones in response to stress, and when we are constantly stressed, they are forced to create more and more, which causes them to fatigue. When your adrenals become fatigued, you can experience a serious case of brain fog, anxiety, and also trouble sleeping. Check out this Pilates flow by our resident Pilates instructor to reduce stress and calm down the nervous system or incorporate these stress fighting foods into your diet.

Up your iron

A healthy level of iron is essential for keeping your energy levels on the up, as iron carries oxygen around the body and is vital for brain activity and physical activity. Low iron is one of the most common mineral deficiencies affecting women, which explains why we can feel so. dang. tired. Try filling up on iron rich foods like green vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds, and give yourself an extra boost with a natural iron supplement. Spatone liquid iron supplement is a natural source of iron that helps to maintain healthy iron levels. Their sachets are easily mixed through your fave juice, a smoothie or a glass of water and knocked back for an easy energy hit.