Here’s how you can replenish your physical and mental energy

Stressed or burnt out?
Stressed or burnt out?

According to a Bloomberg Business survey conducted last year, South Africa is the second most stressed country in the world, and that was before the global pandemic hit us in March.

While stress is a normal part of life and your body’s natural reaction to change, it does however become negative when you’re faced with continuous challenges with no relief or respite between stressful events. Known as chronic stress this can have a damaging effect on our health; it saps the body of all its energy, speeds up the ageing process and may increase your susceptibility to many chronic illnesses.

In an increasingly stressed world – the past three months are a case in point – external factors aren’t likely to change, but our outlook of the situation and the way we react are still within our control. “We know that our mental health plays a direct role in our physical well-being, that’s why when we look good it’s hard not to feel good too,” explains Clere For Men Active brand manager Themba Ndlovu.

Clere For Men Active’s Ginseng Ultra Energising body lotion and crème will give your skin that revitalising energy boost it needs. It’s unique ProMoist formulation, consisting of glycerine, omega oils and Vitamins E & A, will keep your skin moisturised and smooth to the touch. The product provides up to 48-hour moisture, and fast absorption, so whether it be at an early morning virtual gym session, hustling at your home office, or an after-work Zoom catch up with the guys, your skin will be one thing less you have to worry about.

Besides making sure your skin is energised, Ndlovu shares some useful tips to help replenish your physical and mental energy during this stressful time:

Get support Stress and anxiety consume huge amounts of energy. Talking to a friend or family member, even if it’s just on the phone, or seeking help from a professional, can reduce stress. Relaxation therapies like meditation is also an effective stress-reducing tool.

Lighten your load One of the main culprits for exhaustion is overwork – this includes professional and family obligations. Start by streamlining your list of must-do activities. Prioritise in terms of the most important tasks and put those that are less important lower down on your list. Also, consider asking for help at work, if necessary.

Exercise A good sweat session almost always guarantees you’ll sleep like a log. Exercise also provides your cells with more energy to burn and circulate oxygen and causes your body to release epinephrine and norepinephrine, stress hormones that in modest amounts can make you feel energised. A fast-paced walk is a good start.

Don’t sleep too much – If you think you may be sleep-deprived, you should actually sleep less. While this may sound strange, determining how much sleep you really need can reduce the time you spend in bed not sleeping. This process makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes more restful sleep long term. Here's how to do it:

  • Avoid napping during the day
  • The first night, go to bed later than normal and get just four hours of sleep
  • If you feel you slept well during that four-hour period, add another 15 - 30 minutes of sleep the next night
  • As long as you're sleeping soundly the whole time you're in bed, slowly keep adding sleep onto successive nights
  • Eat for energy It's better to eat small meals and snacks every few hours than three large meals a day. By doing this you can reduce your perception of being tired because your brain needs a steady supply of nutrients. Eating foods with a low glycaemic index — slow sugar absorption — may help you avoid that afternoon energy slump that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars or refined starches. Foods with a low glycaemic index include whole grains, high-fibre vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils such as olive oil. In general, high-carbohydrate foods have the highest glycaemic indexes. Proteins and fats have glycaemic indexes that are close to zero.

    Use caffeine to your advantage Caffeine does increase alertness, so enjoying a cuppa can help sharpen your mind. However, to get the energising effects of caffeine, you must consume it sensibly. It can cause insomnia, especially when consumed in large amounts or after 2pm.

    Drink H20 Water is the only nutrient that has been shown to enhance performance for all but the most demanding endurance activities. If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is fatigue.

    According to a Bloomberg Business survey conducted last year, South Africa is the second most stressed country in the world, and that was before the global pandemic hit us in March.

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