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Reach For Whole Foods

Give your body energetic building blocks by following a balanced diet of nutrient-rich, nourishing foods. Choose fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats instead of processed foods that are high in fat and sugar. Those can actually zap energy.

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Snack Small

Instead of three larger meals, nosh on a steady stream of healthy, small bites throughout the day. This keeps your energy at a constant level. That way, you don’t deal with sugar spikes and crashes.

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Stock Up On Sleep

When you’re tired, quality sleep is key. Practice good sleep hygiene:

  1. Have a buffer time between screen time and bedtime.
  2. Keep your bedroom cool and dark.
  3. Wind down with a book or hot tea before you hit the hay.

If they don’t keep you from nighttime sleep, naps can be a great way to perk up during the day, too.

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Breathe Deep

Set aside time each day to focus on your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths that fill your lungs fully. This can ease your stress and help you feel better.

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Stick With Water

Be sure you’re getting plenty of fluids to keep all systems go. But be smart about what you sip: Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, or caffeine. Make water your go-to choice.

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Prioritize ‘Me Time’

Save space in your day to focus on yourself. Take a warm bath, listen to your favorite music, journal, or spend time doing something creative. Self-care can help you pause and tune in to your body, so you can give it what it needs.

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Exercise

Even short, daily walks can help improve your circulation, heart function, and muscle tone. They give you more pep in your step, too.  

Talk to your doctor about which activities are best for you. Contact sports — such as boxing, martial arts, and football — carry a high risk of injury and bleeding. Also ask how much activity might be too much.

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Open Up

Reach out to loved ones who can support you and ask for help when you need it. When you let others take on some of your energy-zapping duties, it can help you reserve your strength.

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Cut Out Stress

The lower your stress, the more energy your body has for other things. Dial back on activities where you can. Find relaxation techniques that work for you, whether it’s gentle stretches, meditation, or enjoying time with a friend.

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Get Outside

Sunlight can be a natural mood and energy booster. It also helps your body make vitamin D. The best way to get a dose is to spend time outdoors in the sunshine. Even 10–15 minutes sitting in a chair in your yard can give you a little perk. Don’t forget to be skin safe. Cap your sun sessions before you get a sunburn.

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Explore ‘Energy Therapy’

Complementary therapies like Reiki, healing touch, Qi gong, or music therapy are designed to strengthen your mind-body connection. These alternative medicines may help ease stress and anxiety. They could help your overall sense of well-being.

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Be Energy Smart

Take on more taxing tasks when your energy is high, and lay low when you’re feeling fatigued. For example, prep meals for the week and freeze them, so you don’t have to cook on nights you’re not up to it.  

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SOURCES:

ITP Support Association: “Fatigue in ITP.”

Harvard Health: “Eating to Boost Energy.”

Platelet Disorder Support Association: “Diet & Lifestyle,” “Energy Therapy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Age-Defying Energy Levels.”

National Cancer Institute: “Energy Therapy.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on April 26, 2019

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