Many of us would love to do more for the charities and causes that are dear to our hearts. But finding the energy at the end of a long work or school day isn’t always easy. If you find yourself coming home drained and can’t imagine concentrating on anything, then the idea of heading back out from the house to work on a charity project may seem impossible.
Before you give up on your dream of giving back to your favorite cause or your community, consider these tips for getting your energy levels up, so you can do some good for those in need.
Eat a Healthy Dinner
After you leave work, your focus is most likely on food and not on helping the less fortunate. And, you know what, that’s okay! We all need proper nutrition to help keep our energy levels up throughout the day, and you are no exception.
To help you get the energy you need to do some charity work, you need to take some time to have a high-quality dinner. Plan for a meal that combines a source of lean protein with some fresh vegetables. That way, you will get the calories you need while providing a source of longer-term energy than more sugary options.
In fact, excess sugar could actually cause you more harm than good. While it could give you a boost at first, the corresponding sugar crash could leave you feeling even foggier and more lethargic than you did before.
Have Some Water
Another common reason for general feelings of tiredness and a lack of energy is mild dehydration. Not only that, but it can also leave your feeling irritable, which isn’t the mindset you want when looking to volunteer for charity. So, before you head out the door after dinner, make sure you have some water.
Ideally, you should drink water regularly throughout the day before you intend to add some charity work to your evening plans. Even when the symptoms of dehydration are mild, they can still be very distracting, so it’s best to avoid them entirely all day, every day.
Supplement Your Diet
Another approach to raising energy and improving cognitive function is through supplements. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help make up for shortcomings in your diet and may help fight off fatigue caused by certain deficiencies. You can also look into options like nootropics. If you aren’t familiar with nootropics, review this beginner’s guide to nootropics to help familiarize yourself with the principles behind them.
Don’t Forget to Sleep
Missing out on sleep is a guaranteed way to end up fatigued and unfocused. However, for many people, sleep is the first thing they cut when life gets busy. But missing out on sleep can lead to poor cognitive function, including a lack of attention span and memory issues. Ultimately, many of these side effects make it harder to get things done, and that means it takes more time than it would have before. So, even though you missed sleep in order to get more done, you may actually get less done because you can’t focus.
So, if you really want to provide the most benefit to a charity organization, make sure you are getting everything you need to stay focused and energized. Then, you’ll be able to give everything you have to making the world a better place, and that is really what it is all about.