Energy moves us from thinking to acting, so we can realize our potential and bring our best gifts to those around us. Try these tips to boost energy levels naturally.
If you're dragging through your day, you might think the answer is to reach for another cup of tea or coffee or down an energy drink. Millions of people rely on caffeine every day to help them wake up and stay alert. Although caffeine use is generally safe for adults, too much can cause side effects such as rapid heartbeat, headaches, nervousness, and insomnia. Instead of loading up on caffeinated drinks, try these seven tips to put some spring in your step — naturally.
Through the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), administered by Cigna, eligible employees,* their family members, and anyone who lives with them can access online resources, such as articles, online seminars, and frequently asked questions, on topics such as fatigue, resilience, napping do's and don'ts, and caffeine and depression. To access these free resources, log on to the Cigna website (one-time registration is required) and click the Work/Life Resources link on the EAP coverage page, or call the EAP at 866-640-2772. And, if you ever need someone to talk to, EAP advocates are available 24/7 by phone or live chat.
Employees and spouses with medical coverage* through the Board of Pensions can participate in Call to Health challenges and coaching programs that focus on activities that are natural energy boosters, like managing stress, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Challenges are added throughout the year, so log on to the Call to Health website frequently to check out new activities.
If fatigue persists for more than a couple of weeks or is beyond what is typical for your lifestyle, and you have already made changes such as rest, reducing stress, and eating right, consult your doctor. Low-energy levels could be a sign of an underlying medical issue, including hypothyroidism, anemia, or a sleep disorder.
*The EAP and Call to Health are not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan. Those enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or Medicare Supplement should consult their plan for information about benefits for behavioral health or substance use.