The alarm goes off. After hitting snooze for the third or fourth time you finally drag yourself from the warm cocoon you’re never quite ready to leave so early in the morning. You stumble about the house, gathering the things you need, only to get ready on autopilot. Grabbing coffee on your way out the door you know this is the first of many cups you’ll guzzle down today. With so many things to do in a single day, and little energy to do them, you eventually return back to where you started - in bed and exhausted.
What if there was a way for you to actually accomplish more in your day? What if it was possible for you to stay on task and focused from the time you woke up until the time you turned in for the day? If you had optimal energy throughout the day all of this is possible. You could get more done. You could go about your day without repeating tasks or forgetting things, and end your day with a healthy night’s sleep so you could rest and repeat.
Running on fumes can only last so long and the process of being overwhelmed and exhausted isn’t conducive to your health or happiness. When you don’t give your body the proper fuel and rest, it’s like demanding a car to operate at its max potential when the tires aren’t aligned and it’s running on empty. Your body is your vehicle and while it needs maintenance from time to time, it won’t function without fuel; that fuel being natural energy.
There are many ways to naturally boost energy to get more out of your 24.
For starters, consider a routine that works for you. Maybe you don’t require 8 hours of sleep each night. Some people can function just fine on six hours every night. Ask any woman who is a new mother running on limited sleep, if any at all. We know the human body can be pushed, so listen to yours and see what works best for you.
Consistency is key. Start the day with a clean ritual. Instead of going for caffeine maybe you grab a glass of water with lemon and cayenne for alkalinity. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to your dear cup of joe, make sure you incorporate a balanced meal made up of ample protein, fresh fruits, and other nutrient-rich foods. Drinking caffeine without having water in your body and a well-balanced meal will immediately cause your body to become dehydrated. When dehydrated, you don’t have adequate energy and are therefore left feeling tired, lethargic, and often push yourself with more caffeine. Staying hydrated throughout the day is extremely important.
Maybe while drinking your lemon cayenne water in the morning, take ten minutes to map out your day. What is the one thing if you did today would really propel you to get that raise, achieve that goal, or set a new intention? These ten minutes could help you plan your day efficiently and avoid “figuring it out” throughout the day and hoping distractions don’t make their way into your unplanned schedule. It comes as no surprise that life is indeed full of distractions and it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
Get up and greet the day. Movement throughout the day is essential to good blood flow. Take a few minutes every now and again to remember to stretch. It serves as a reminder to each inch of your body to engage in the day, allowing your overall being to feel more present. Fitting in even 20 minutes of moderate activity each day is one of the best gifts you can give your body to keep energy levels up, and keep you feeling healthy and strong. Stepping outside for a brisk walk simultaneously allows you to soak up some vitamin D, which also boosts energy levels.
When you get home from work, from the demands of the day, make a conscious effort to separate daily distractions from your home life. Allow yourself even just 30 quiet minutes to prepare a healthy meal. Trade in the television for a chance to get lost in a chapter of the book you’ve been meaning to read. It’s okay to allow yourself some time each day to just be and rid the feeling that you’re being tugged in a million different directions. Much like you gear up for the day, it’s equally important to allow the body to wind down before calling it a day.
If you find you have a difficult time closing down the evening, try taking a cool shower. The cold water steadies your heart rate, allowing you to enter a calming state. Avoid digital devices as they can be stimulating and try dimming the lights to prepare for a good sleeping atmosphere. All of these calming habits help to create a natural cycle for your body so that you can get your healthiest sleep possible and embrace tomorrow with optimal energy.
The side effects of low or artificial energy are obvious. If daily reminders like the inability to focus or function aren’t enough your sleep can be very telling. On average it takes someone who is lacking consistent, natural energy twice as long to fall asleep than someone who experiences well-balanced, natural energy throughout the day. When given the choice, which would you choose?
The best part is you get another go each morning. Maybe it starts with replacing one cup of coffee with one glass of water, followed by taking ten minutes to forecast your day. Before you know it a daily walk to clear your head and soak up the sun becomes a ritual you try not to break. Be grateful for the changes you have made and celebrate the small and big victories alike. With so many ways to maximize your energy levels, why not start with one tomorrow?
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