Taking a day off to do nothing or Netflix and chill is fine, in fact that can be therapeutic in ways itself. But if you’re consistently having days where it feels like your couch has wrapped its arms around you and refuses to let go, it may be time to look into some options that can boost energy and motivate you to get back into your regime.
Enter the wonderful world of herbs.
The herbs we’re diving into here have been used for centuries to help boost performance, energy levels, and focus – key ingredients in the pursuit of motivation. The great thing about many of these is that they target energy levels and stress as a whole, which is key because there isn’t really a “umbrella” cause of lack of motivation. While one person may feel unmotivated due to physically low energy levels, another may not feel like leaving the couch due to excess mental stress.
We’ll go through some top herbs to get you back on your feet, while also sharing some other motivation-boosting tips.
Herbs to Boost Motivation, Focus, and Energy
1. Curcumin (Turmeric)
Curcumin has become world renowned for its health benefits but maybe not often enough talked about for it’s affect on energy enhancement. The energy enhancing effect can result from any number this magical herbs benefits.
- Supplying phytonutrients that help prevent illness, disease and mutations that might limit hormonal production thus improving immunity.
- Promotion of blood toxicity cleansing
- Metabolism increases (thermogenic effects)
- Supports and regulates health of organs involved in hormone production
- Passes through the blood brain barrier promoting immediate on-site phytochemical delivery.
- Regulates blood sugar levels and minimizes insulin resistance
- Improves communication between the digestive system and brain using neurotransmitters aiding with proper feelings of satiety
- Many More…
While there are many more it would be a very long list if we were to include them all. Curcumin (turmeric) truly is an amazing herb. Throw in a little black pepper and you can increase the bioavailability tremendously.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen (herb that aids in resisting stressors, whether physical, biological or chemical. Ultimately benefiting our state of homeostasis). Also known as a “rejuvenator” in the ancient Indian traditional medicine system “Ayurveda” (Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years helping cleanse and restore internal balance). Ashwagandha not only helps protect you against the negative effects of stress but also acts as a natural stimulant when your energy levels are low. Interestingly, the name ashwagandha translates to “Smells like Horse” (while the name was at first simply given due to the smell, it quickly gave the impression that when taking it you were also taking in the spirit of the horse). This interpretation was well earned due to the many benefits ashwagandha has to offer.
Research backs up this horsepower claim, showing ashwagandha helps improve cognition, exercise performance, and also helps stabilize mood. Also, it’s particularly great a reducing anxiety (in some cases studies have shown it to be as effective as lorazapam) and depression, which could help get you out of an emotionally unmotivated funk.
3. Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola rosea (also known as “rose root”) has been used for centuries by northern European countries known for strengthening the nervous system and giving energy levels a boost. One of the most popular comparisons would be the use by Vikings to help them build and maintain strength.
However, rhodiola may be one of your best choices for reducing both mental and physical fatigue. While more clinical human studies should be done, the current findings as well as the history are hard to ignore.
Studies show significant improvements in fatigue, stress, concentration levels, mood and minimizing depressive tendencies. As we know, the last thing you want to do when feeling run down and tired is jump to work let alone training.
Other Herbs Worth Mentioning
- Eleuthero- Another adaptogen herb that can help increase energy levels by regulating stress.
- Schisandra– Helps reduce anxiety while stimulating your body simultaneously.
- Maca root- Maca can help balance hormones, which could provide a boost in energy.
- Cordyceps- Technically a species of mushroom, can aid in ATP production.
Other Tips Too Boost Motivation
Sometimes, lack of motivation in any area of our lives, be it starting and sticking to a workout regime, starting a new diet, making a big career change, can’t be solved with a supplement. This is lack of motivation that has less to do with physical and mental energy and more to do with passion or drive. Feeling uninspired can be a major source of feeling unmotivated, which is why you might want to consider these additional tips if low energy or lack of focus isn’t the issue:
• Find your “why?”. Why do you want to make changes in your lifestyle? Is it for aesthetics (looking better) or for health? Really dive into and remind yourself of why you desire to make a change, and reflect on what your life would look like in 6 months if you started today.
• Get inspired. Think back to situations or places where you felt truly inspired to take action, and revisit those. Keep these sources of inspiration close and look at them often.
• Try something new. This is particularly useful if you’re unsure as to what inspires or motivates you. Try taking a new class, be it a workout class, a new gym, or even try something like a cooking or art class.
• Start journaling/keeping progress logs. Keeping a journal of your progress and goals can boost motivation not only as you’re writing down what you want, but also when you go back to read how far you’ve come. This gives you a personal account of accomplishment, and you, in essence, remind yourself that you CAN make progress.
• Check your hormones. If nothing is working for you and you feeling like lack of motivation and energy is becoming chronic, be sure to have your hormone levels tested. Correcting an imbalance may help turn things around.