Low energy, exhaustion and fatigue are at epidemic levels. Now is not the time to suck it in, grit your teeth, clench your fists and press on. Get wise and stop (or reduce) all unnecessary energy drains. It’s time to get clever and start rebuilding your personal energy levels now.
All suggestions below I have successfully applied to my own life. Some are a work in progress, like avoiding energy vampires, gossip and simplifying my life.
I strongly encourage you to start with getting rid of your excess stuff. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you claim back instantly. The lighter the energy in your home, the clearer your thoughts, the less distractions and the more prepared you’ll be energetically for tackling other habits and areas of your life.
Enjoy the tips and start boosting your energy now.
12 changes you can make now to boost your energy:
1: Lift your worry with a kindness mantra:
Worry drains your energy. If you are a worrier (like me) or an over-thinker a mindful habit in the form of a mantra/affirmation, can turn excess mental exhaustion into a positive energy giving experience. Obviously, the more you repeat this mantra the more positive energy will be fueling your body, mind and soul.
“May I be free of worry, May I be well, May I feel safe and at ease, May I be at peace”
2: Calm the energy in your bedroom:
To wake feeling refreshed, the energy in your bedroom needs to feel deeply, deeply calming to all your senses. Your bedroom is not a multi-purpose room. Remove all things that might overstimulate your mind and body (e.g too many books, bright colours or lighting, work papers, TV, computer, exercise equipment).
Clutter drains your energy. Uplift and lighten the energy in your room by throwing out or giving away all unused, unwanted, unloved, broken or doesn’t fit stuff from your bedroom.
Remove as many electrical appliances from your bedroom as possible, particularly around your head area. Turn everything off at the wall at night. Do not recharge gadgets next to your head while you sleep. Electromagnetic currents from electrical gadgets can interfere with your health and well-being.
3: Eat for energy:
Eating consciously is a very easy way to refuel your body with energy. Avoid dead, frozen, tinned and lifeless food. Do your best to cook your meals from scratch, buy at local farmers markets, never skip breakfast and eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible.
Always eat sitting down in a relaxed environment to support your digestive system. Do not multi task while eating. Go brown and eat a full range of colours in every meal. White bread is an energy sucker.
4: Is your stuff zapping your energy?
Your stuff can be a burden, suck your time and energy and consume your focus (more than you think).
The less things you have to store, clean, insure, repair and look after, the more time you have to do what you love doing and the more energy you will have. Life was not meant to be spent buying and looking after stuff.
5. Trust your gut and know when to walk away:
Your gut will tell you when to walk away from a situation, politely say no, change TV channels or turn it off. Listening to your intuition and trusting “that feeling” in your stomach will prevent you from wasting bucket loads of energy on people, places, TV, computer distractions, and many other situations. A big energy drainer for me is large indoor shopping centres. If I am there any longer than 1/2 an hour I’m drained.
6: Ask for more hugs:
Touch is healing – that’s why hugs are healthy. Hugs nourish your sense of touch and comfort, calm and relax you in stressful times. Hugs simply fuel your heart with the good stuff and boost your energy. Are you suffering from skin hunger? 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth.
7: Go on a gossip diet:
Gossip is one of the biggest energy drainers around. Giving your attention to gossip plugs you into it. Receiving or sharing toxic gossip weakens your immune system and diminishes your boundaries. When your boundaries are compromised, you have difficulty connecting to your centre, and feel scattered and pushed around by life.
8: Stop letting technology drain you:
Technology is everywhere. It’s busy, fast, flashy, instant, noisy, demanding and very, very stressful when it doesn’t work. Technology can push you to go faster when you don’t want and keep you up late at night.
Technology doesn’t know boundaries, so it’s up to you to create a healthy distance between you and your technology.
Have a technology – free weekend with no computer, mobile phone, etc. Test it, and see how much energy you claim back.
9: Vitamin B12 boosts energy:
I recently had my blood tested for nutrient levels and discovered I was low in B12. This is normal for me being vegetarian. 24 hours after having my B12 shot my energy levels improved greatly. I then did a little research and found a fabulous video by Dr. Mercola explaining the energy benefits of B12.
Did you know that vitamin B12 is the largest vitamin that we know of? – which is why it is not so easy to absorb. I personally have an injection every 3 months but apparently there are new oral sprays of B12 which I’m keen to try.
I highly recommend getting your blood tested for nutrient levels e.g iron, calcium, vitamin D, etc. It’s a much more accurate way of knowing you are well nourished rather than just taking a multi vitamin and hoping for the best.
10: Release the toxic burden from your body:
Sweat once a day. Sweating regenerates your skin and helps detox the body. Couple this with drinking lots of water and you are well on the way to gently detoxifying your body and releasing stagnant energy. Less toxins equals more energy.
11: Lack of water; reason for day time fatigue:
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy thinking. Lack of water is claimed to be the number one reason for day time fatigue.
Muscles are 75% water, blood around 84% water, and bones 22% water. Water is essential for carrying waste material out of your body. If wastes remain in your organs and body you will feel tired and sluggish.
12: Move your body:
When I exercise or walk regularly I have more energy. When I skip a week I notice a difference in my energy levels. Exercise improves blood circulation, refreshes my mind, improves sleep and oxygenates my body. I love my yoga and walks on our local beach. Find a regular practice that suits you. e.g Qi gong, tai chi, pilates, aeorobics, belly dancing or latin dancing. Anything that gets your body moving.
This article was originally published on Carole’s wonderful healthylivinglounge.com blog and appears on midlifexpress with her kind permission.