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Hey guys,

 

OK so I was just wondering how do you people get energy?

 

I have a hard time taking stimulants so I am trying to avoid that.

 

Is there anything I could take , like from CVS, Walgreens, or Target? To give me energy?

 

 

Thanks for the info!

 

 

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As far as I know, anything you could buy over-the-counter to keep up your energy would probably act pretty similar to a stimulant.

 

I stay energized with caffeine, which is also a stimulant, and I really need to cut back... so I can't exactly recommend that! :)

 

What is your sleep schedule like? That may have something to do with why you're so tired during the day.

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caffeine... I use it, I take lithium. Not real proud of that one.  My meds are getting adjusted here and I noticed that my energy is a bit better.

 

Do you exercise?  That really will help throughout the day.  Try and get some HIIT ( high intensity interval training) a few days a week, where you get your heart rate in the 90% of your max.  Short and quick workout.  Very hard, BUT you would be surprised at how energized you feel when you get some good hard exercise.  Your energy will improve.

 

Try and stay away from junk food ( I am a hypocrite in this area).  Junk food spikes your blood sugar and then you crash later and are tired.

 

I get enough sleep and that helps.

 

OK, that is just a few ideas. Implement one or all and you should notice some difference.

 

Also talk to psych about adjusting meds a bit.

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Going out in search of something to take for energy is generally a bad idea. Especially for more than a couple days.

The key is usually making sure your psych meds are not making you tired. From there it's mostly lifestyle. Diet, exercise, sleep. For some this is easier said than done. But looking for energy in a pill or a bottle is probably not a good idea.

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I take a stimulant, and as a result, can't have caffeine. Prolonged caffeinated can have some very bad effects... I did a paper on it for school once. The one thing that got my sleep under control, and as a result my energy and everyday life, was talking to my doctor and getting on sleep medicine.

 

There are some things you can do to eat natural fruits/veggies and change up your eating habits, but I'd recommend talking to your doctor to see what their advice is. 

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Caffeine in a tonic with B vitamins, called Bioplus (here in South Africa). I kid myself that it's good for me because of the B vitamins. But I don't abuse it and I hardly ever have tea or coffee.

 

I also credit my Wellbutrin which gave me energy when I was depressed. How much of a factor that still is, I don't know.

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Just listen to what everybody else said and forget that I said that I used caffeine, even if I didn't recommend it. Their advice is all MUCH better.

 

But I honestly do believe that a regular sleep schedule can also help with fatigue during the day. Of course, that's much easier said than done.

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I am not working, so this may not work for you. I find that if I wake up at 5am and start moving around I have more energy those days. I Also start with the caffeine at that point. 

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Currently, sleep and strict rest just short of sleep, but these are only moderately and briefly effective.

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SLEEP! Also takeing time to just be and enjoy this is a huge reenigizer for me. As a 110% introvert I need my quiet time to regenerate.

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Sleeping and eating properly! Also, I need to sort of pace myself so I don't get overtired. Lots of activity and not much rest inevitably leads to a crash that can take ages to come back up from.

 

I also like to do something nice for myself like painting my nails or making something nice to eat can give me a little energy boost and the motivation to get things done when I'm tired.

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I would say for myself I need that morning caffeine. It stops me from just going back to bed. But then I try to exercise. Also yes getting enough sleep. Or drinking some ice cold water in the afternoon. All these things help me with energy. Oh and I sometimes try to rest in the afternoon.

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In my experience caffeine will give me energy for about an hour and then I will crash into a great whole of despair.

 

Sleeping, eating healthy foods and exercise will help your energy levels.

 

Have small doses of tea and coffee if you need to.

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Have you had your iron levels checked?  (Simple blood test)

 

If your diet is poor (as mine is) you may have low iron levels which can affect energy.

I started taking a supplement that my GP recommended and this seemed to improve things a little.

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I second iron.

 

Its a common deficiency and low ferritin levels even if they are within the normal range could give you low energy.

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For me, it's music. I do all the "right things" (exercise, get plenty of sleep, take vitamins, get tested for medical problems), but I'm still sleepy because of my meds. Music really helps to keep me moving and energized.

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There are a lot of possible physical causes for this, such as low thyroid and others mentioned here, so a check up with a generalist doc to rule out physical causes is in order.

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