6 Fail-Proof Ways to Regain Energy When You Feel Like You’re Always Running on Empty

High performing but tired people run a-plenty.

Ask folks working for a competitive corporate establishment or parents of young children how they’re doing. Many, if not all, will say they are tired because they lack sleep and have not been eating well.

Feeling constantly tired and stressed is indubitably bad for the health. When you are stressed, your body releases increased amounts of adrenaline and cortisol. These two hormones can send your body out of whack.

High cortisol levels cause your blood to head straight for parts of the body that control the fight or flight response. This, in turn, prevents essential nutrients your body needs from going where they should to support body functioning. This results in the manifestation of common “tired” symptoms such as:

  • Back pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Jitters
  • Difficulty concentrating, etc.

If you are tired of feeling tired, you can regain balance and energy through several deliberate changes. Here are some of them:

1. Switch your regular cup of Joe with Bulletproof coffee

Unlike regular coffee that provides people with a burst of energy through caffeine and sugar, Bulletproof coffee offers long-lasting energy through its unique formula. The grass-fed butter used for the recipe slows down your body’s absorption of caffeine. This makes sure that the positive effects of caffeine last longer.

Not only that, the brain octane oil used for the recipe converts to ketones or these molecules that the brain uses more efficiently than carbohydrates. When ketones work with slowly released caffeine, the brain operates in a more alert and focused way.

2. Get a full body massage

Studies reveal that an hour-long massage is equivalent to a full night of sleep. So, if you are deprived of much-needed shut-eye, treat yourself to a massage.

Likewise, a massage stimulates the body’s release of endorphins (a.k.a. happy hormones), which are known to neutralize the effects of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. It can also treat body aches and pains that are commonly associated with chronic fatigue.

3. Drink enough water through the day

According to Amy Goodson, RD, who serves as a dietitian for the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, just being slightly dehydrated causes a big dip in energy levels.

So, anytime you are feeling tired, treat yourself to a tall glass of cold water. After chugging it down, you will not only feel refreshed but also energized.

4. Eat the right foods

Ditch the sweets because, most of the time, you need to keep on eating them to sustain your energy level. Instead, eat food items that are nutritious and known to alleviate pain and stress such as:

  • Fatty fish like tuna and salmon, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical produced by the nerve cells and it is an important contributor to people’s wellbeing.
  • Walnuts and almonds can improve heart health.
  • Apples truly keep the doctor away as they are loaded with vitamins and potassium.
  • Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and can provide steady and sustained energy. They also have the B vitamins that assist enzymes in breaking down food to produce energy.

5. Exercise

This physically tiring activity is actually an energy-booster. It trains your body to “break” limitations and develop endurance.

Regular exercise, even just 15 minutes of brisk walking a day, can do so much in improving the performance of your circulatory and cardiovascular systems. The better functioning of both systems can prevent you from feeling worn out easily.

6. Meditate

Giving yourself a few minutes to “get away” can help you take control of your tiresome thoughts and emotions, and regroup. Find a quiet place where no one can disturb you, breathe deeply, and let your mind wander to a place where none of your concerns exists.

Quiet time for yourself is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries and launch back into your responsibilities physically and mentally strong.

Make time for self-care

Although there is nothing much that you can do to reduce the responsibilities that wear you down, there is lot that you can do to improve your energy for taking care of those responsibilities better.

Several easy lifestyle changes can have a huge impact in maintaining your health so you feel great despite everything else life demands of you.


Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.