Haven’t we all had those moments or days when we just don’t seem to have enough energy to do what we want or need to do? Well, here are a dozen tips for increasing energy. Practice as many of these habits on a regular basis as you can. You don’t have to live with low energy and fatigue. What helpful tips can you add to this list? Leave your comments and share this post. Maybe we’ll all find a new nugget for increasing energy.
Tips For Increasing Energy
- Add greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and citrus fruit to your diet. These are all nutrient dense and fiber rich foods that promote increased energy levels for different reasons. Minimize animal protein, including meat and dairy as well as liquid and solid fats which are calorie rich, nutrient and fiber poor and require a lot of energy to digest.
- Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. All of you internal systems require water to operate efficiently, including your brain and nervous system. It will also help prevent constipation which can weigh you down (pun intended).
- Movement. All forms of exercise help move waste out of our body (lymphatic and digestive systems), increase circulations and oxygen levels, and allow us to do more with less pain.
- Allow your body and mind enough time for rest, repair, and recovery. Get enough sleep. Take a nap when you can. Meditate. Spend time in natural. Do whatever helps you release tightness and troubled thoughts and experience calm, relaxing serenity.
- Turn on the lights! Where there is light, there can be no darkness. Try to get out in the sunlight everyday for a natural dose of Vitamin D. You might even want to get tested to see if you need to supplement Vitamin D.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Always see the positive in every person and every situation. Walk away from negative, angry, sarcastic and gossipy people and situations. You can love the person and still choose how you react to their behavior.
- Engage your senses. Wear bright colors like yellow, red or orange. Add scents like citrus, lavender, peppermint, or flowers to your day. Try a hot shower, a cold shower, or a tepid shower to stir up your circulation. Slide into some fresh, crisp bed sheets. Organize your closets and drawers. Taste some dark chocolate, berries, coconut, or nuts. Listen to soothing music, your favorite upbeat music, or whatever stirs your soul.
- Change your thought patterns when you feel stuck, depressed or negative. Focus on the moment, not the future. Focus on what you need to do next and nothing more when you feel those moments of struggle. Try helping someone else to take your focus off of your problems. Spend time with others. Laugh!
- Challenge your mind. Journal, write a letter, story or poem. Unleash your creativity. Allow yourself to remember what it’s like to be a child. Play.
- Lean on others. Talk to a friend. Ask for help. Get support. When you share a sorrow, you cut it in half. When you share a joy, you double it.
- Get inspired. Learn something new. Relive happy memories. Visualize yourself as energized, happy, active, and well.
- Increase your oxygen availability through meditation, deep breathing, exercise, and eating greens.
Julie Butts is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN™), the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), and the American Council on Fitness (ACE). She is a certified health coach and weight management specialist who combines holistic and conventional wisdom to support women who crave lasting weight loss. Her personal mission is to inspire, educate, and promote lasting weight loss through healthy balanced living. She offers a variety local and online programs to support her clients and is known as The Lifestyle Mentor for Lasting Weight Loss™. Subscribe to her newsletter to receive your free copy of Awareness! Weight Loss Success For The Average Woman and to gain access to her free monthly mentoring calls.