In my last post I shared some food choices to help you increase your energy. Today I’m going to delve into some additional energy adding lifestyle changes:
- Sleep. If you’ve ever been short on sleep, you KNOW how badly this affects your energy levels. Even getting enough “hours” won’t help if they are interrupted (new baby, stress, etc.) hours. A full seven to eight hours of sleep most nights is crucial to feeling energetic. If I start having issues getting up in the morning, or am dragging by evening, sleep is always the first area I look at for improvement. If you want some tips on getting a better night sleep, check out this Huffington Post article and this blog post.
- Physical Exercise. I know when you are feeling tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, that old adage is true – frequent exercise increases your energy levels. If heading to the gym just seems like too much, next time you are feeling worn out, head outside your front door for a brisk twenty minute walk. Do this five or six times a week and your energy levels will begin to rise!
- Stress. Stress is a real energy killer. The constant cycle of your brain racing, increase heart rate, tight shoulders and back. All of these side effects from stress can really wear you out. If stress is an issue for you, it’s something you need to begin reducing today. There are dozens of ways to reduce stress, and I recommend finding four or five that consistently work for you – it might mean some experimentation, but that research will be well worth it when you start feeling stressed and know there are specific actions you can take to alleviate it. A few suggestions: yoga or stretching, essential oils (I make a lovely anti-anxiety blend that contains clary sage, geranium, roman chamomile and lavender), meditation, a walk in the sunshine, a relaxing bath with healing bath salts, relaxing with a good book, eliminating some of your to-do list, etc.
- Draining Relationships. I’m not gonna lie, this can be a tough one to work through, but if there are relationships in your life that drain you emotionally, they can really do a number on your energy levels. If you feel this is an issue for you, I encourage you to sit down and think thru what is making the relationship stressful and then decide if there is anything you can do to make it better.
So what is robbing you of your energy? Any of these sound familiar? Why not make some of the suggested changes and see if your energy levels don’t start increasing – a positive move forward is always a smart thing to do!
If you need help with increasing your energy levels, I would be happy to work with you one on one to determine where your leaks are and how you can fix them. It’s one of the things I do with my clients to help them create a happier, healthier life! Contact me today to learn more.
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