When our energy is high we have what it takes to conquer all that life throws at us. Here are 12 tips to keep your energy flying and your life moving in the direction you want it to go.
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” — Benjamin Franklin
Walk after eating.Seems like a simple idea, a 10 minute walk after lunch and dinner will increase your metabolism and produce even more energy for your body.
Stand up straight. Your body and brain need oxygen; poor posture can reduce the amount of oxygen you take in by 30%. Not only will good posture allow you to get all the oxygen you need it can also affect your attitude. Stand tall and be proud.
Smell your way to increased energy with the scents of peppermint and lemon. Try a reed diffuser or natural essential oils place them in areas where you want extra energy. We all know how smells can trigger memories and moods. When I smell a fresh mowed lawn I am renewed by the feeling of being a kid and facing an endless summer with unlimited possibilities. That smell makes me hopeful and energized to this day. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers found that people who work in pleasantly scented areas performed 25% better than those in unscented areas.
Ride your natural energy wave. We all have a natural energy flow in our lives. There are times when I get the housework buzz and I know to ride the wave and get the house cleaned before the feeling goes away. When you feel an overabundance of energy go with it tackle all the extra projects you’ve been thinking about and when you feel the energy wave crashing take a break and slow down. Learn to tune in and maximize your own energy flow.
Connect with nature. Nature has a way of refocusing and refreshing. If you work inside all day you need to have a nature break. Take a hike, put a bird feeder in your yard and just sit back and watch the birds. You will be surprised how nature will slow you down and at the same time refuel your batteries. People who love to fish come back from a fishing trip reenergized to tackle their office once again. Even golf can be a way to reconnect with nature if you can pause your competitive spirit long enough to enjoy your surroundings.
Control your time. You may not want to hear this but turn off your email and your phone. You deserve to control interruptions into your day. All these distractions scatter your energy. You don’t need your computer to beep at you when you have an incoming email, check your email when it is convenient for you. Turn off call waiting, focus on one conversation at a time. When you jump at every text message or email you are letting someone else control your time, your calendar.
Clear your clutter. Stop wasting time and energy trying to find things. Get rid of all your excess things and put the things you actually need and use in a set place. You will never have to hunt for your keys again. For example I had a waffle iron for 10 years. I made waffles twice. Obviously this wasn’t a priority; I ditched the waffle iron created more space in my cupboard for things I do use regularly. Now if I want waffles I go out for breakfast.
Play music that revs you up. Whatever type of music you like that has you cranking up your radio in the car and makes you dance in your seat is the music that pumps up your energy. Get healthy doses of this every time you feel your energy flagging. Set your alarm to music not that crazy beeping. I would much rather be awakened by good music than experience that panic response to the alarm first thing in the morning.
Newness is energizing. Get out of your rut and try some new experiences. Meet new people, join a club, new people bring interest to your life. See a play even if it is a script you are familiar with how the director and characters bring the story to life is almost always unique. Are you finding you are making the same meals over and over for dinner? Crack open a recipe book and put some fun back in your cooking your energy will soar. Take a new route home from work. You will see new things and create energy after a long day in the office. How about trying to learn a new word every day? This is not easy but you will expand your vocabulary and create some uniqueness to your day.
Identify things you love to do. What do you love to do? What do you have a natural talent for? What would you do for free? Identify these activities or things and put them in your life. This is the stuff that gives you energy. For some people it may be a sport like golf, for someone else it may be volunteering to read to elementary school kids.
Live in the “NOW”. Make the most of this day. Don’t waste energy and time regretting the past and don’t waste time and energy worrying about the future. “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”- Albert Einstein
Get support. Spend time with friends and family that are supportive of you. It always boosts energy to feel loved and accepted. Surround yourself with people who give you positive support.
Energy is physical, mental and spiritual. Your body needs energy from food; however, if you only concentrate on your nutritional needs ignoring the mental and spiritual components of energy you will never realize your total energy potential. The above tips are easy and sure to help keep your energy just where you want it to be.
“The world belongs to the energetic.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson