Change Your Energy Levels, Change Your Life
Are you feeling like you have low energy? Perhaps you are down and out and feeling sluggish.
Getting out of bed seems like a chore and going out of the house is daunting.
I have recently been studying energy, after often feeling low energy levels and repeatedly saying “I’m tired.” throughout the day contributes to a habit of low energy.
However, I often feel this way, and I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I often wondered why my husband was always happy and ready to go while I’m sitting on my bed, like “Have fun! I’ll be right here when you get back.” Yet, I was tired of seeing disappointed faces on my kids when I didn’t want to join them on their adventures.
A little background… I don’t consider myself to be lazy. In fact, I ran a 15k last year (that’s not a typo-9.3 miles). I’m going, to be honest here. It took A LOT out of me to even do that. I am a runner and I run often (well, before Covid – haha), yet, I often felt zonked the rest of the day.
I have tried increasing my caffeine by drinking three instead of my usual two indulgent, revitalizing coffees. Yet, I realized this is not my profound, end-all, yet enjoyable answer. After the three glorious cups, I was then unable to go to bed at night due to the extra kick of the caffeine, which, therefore, made me -you guessed it!-more tired.
So if caffeine didn’t work then -YIKES!- What is a girl to do?
I finally decided to set out on a quest to research what all of these energy-buzzing, happy-faced, bright-eyed people were doing differently than me. As I so wanted to become part of the “energy club” like the smiling moms at drop-off and pick-up.
I ran into some tricks that actually work and I began to form new energy habits.
I am not going to tell you I never get tired anymore, because well, being tired is just human nature – especially if you have lived the extend of a full day. Yet, I definitely noticed a change in my energy levels when I tried the tricks below.
I’m sending positive energy your way as you read these tips.
Learn How to Change Your Energy Habits So You Can Have More Energy:
#1 Energy is a habit
As we go on with daily life, we form habits without even realizing it. Our brain is designed to automate things and by doing so, it makes its own job easier and preserves energy.
Yet, did you know energy is a habit too? If you usually have low energy and believe you cannot get more energy, then that is probably what is going to happen.
However, if you realize all energy that ever was is here now, you can learn to channel that energy and feel more energized yourself.
What drains your energy?
It is simple really. Make a list of all the things that drain your energy. It can be people that are energy sucks or negativity posted on social media, which we can’t stop scrolling and can’t look away from. Or perhaps, your sleep habits are causing you to feel low on energy.
When I made my list, I realized social media and the news were draining me. I made a conscious effort to stop looking at just these two things, and it really helped.
Whatever the case may be, these are the “energy-draining” items you are going to get rid of. You can learn to stop these negative habits and you will immediately have more energy. Why not give it a try? Take out a pen and paper and write down your energy sucks.
Are you used to looking at social media for a few hours per day? Give it up today and see how much better you feel when you stop reading negative posts and/or arguing with people that have different views (I know it is hard not to get sucked into reading those – lol).
What brings you energy?
Next, I want you to make a list of all the things that revitalize you and give you energy. I want you to make a weekly plan and add those things to your “to-do” list every day this week. On the last day of the week, take an inventory and see how much better you feel. Continue these patterns until you have formed new energy habits.
One habit that helped me is tracking and drinking more water. It seems so obvious, but many folks are walking around dehydrated and don’t realize it. The key is to drink enough before you get dehydrated.
Check out my habit tracker to help you keep up with it.
Slumping over can make you feel less energized. Did you know when you sit up straight, you have better airflow and the brain receives more oxygen? We need oxygen to live, yet, many overlook proper posture and breathing as a way to gain more energy.
According to the Iowa Chiropractic Clinic, the best way to fully oxygenize your brain is by sitting up because studies show if you have slumped posture or are leaning forward, your lungs are not able to fully expand.
Pay attention to your posture this week. Make sure you are sitting and standing up straight.
#3 Superman pose
If you are able to use the superman pose when you are feeling low on energy, you can lower cortisol levels, breathe better, and gain more energy.
According to Psychology Today, using a superman pose or a pose that is related to power and taking up a lot of space, can actually lower cortisol -the stress hormone – levels. Having a rise in cortisol is definitely an energy drainer.
By lowering cortisol levels in the body, you are decreasing anxiety and fear. You are giving your inner soul more confidence and creating a positive energy field.
This pose alone can help you gain energy and get busy on those daunting tasks you’ve been putting off.
Stand up and try it now.
Breathing is essential for life. Yet, learning how to breathe can be essential for restoring energy.
In fact, James Nestor wrote an entire book on how to breathe.
To many, this may sound silly, but learning how to breathe can give you strategies for overwhelming feelings that are overtaking your energy.
If you are feeling low on energy, try some of the following breathing exercises in these videos. They have truly helped me feel energize and ready to take on the day!
- inhale for the count of two
- exhale for the count of two
- inhale to the count of two
- exhale to the count of three
- inhale to the count of two
- exhale to the count of four
- inhale to the count of two
- exhale to the count of five
Breathing for anxiety:
Try the 4-7-8 method
- inhale to the count of four
- hold the breath for seven seconds
- release your breath through your mouth making a whooshing sound while exhaling
Relaxing breathing for sleep:
The above technique can help you relax before bedtime or you can try this technique:
- breath in a deep breath
- exhale fully while paying attention to how your body feels
- continue inhaling and exhaling slowing down the exhale each time and focusing on relaxing your body
Let’s talk crystals. This is often seen and hoopla by western societies. Yet, all crystals have energy stemming from their molecular structure, and certain crystals can help you with energy fields and better sleep, and less anxiety.
Check out my favorite crystals below:
- Blue Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Clear Quartz
- Black Obsidian
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#6 Essential Oils
According to Healthline, there are some essential oils that help boost energy. These five essential oils are as follows:
- Sweet Orange
These five essential oils can help you with a lack of energy and give you a boost in mood and performance.
#7 Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is key to continuing an increase in energy. Try to remember your food is your best medicine and try to think of food as an energy source, instead of a source of pleasure. Some of the best foods to help boost energy are as follows:
- brown rice
- fatty fish such as salmon
- dark chocolate
It also goes without saying, you must drink enough. Many healthcare professionals recommend you drink eight glasses of 8 oz. each of water. If you feel dehydrated your energy zone will be zapped. The key is to drink before you are actually thirsty. If you stay on top of your hydration, you will continue to stay energized and also ward off cravings.
How to Change Your Energy Levels Final Thoughts…
There are many ways to change your energy levels and start feeling vibrant and revitalized. Try the tips above to help you on your energizing journey. Keep track of your new habits to make sure your brain cements them in and you will eventually feel better in your daily life. Enjoy your new energy and give some positive vibes to the people around you.
Do you have any revitalizing energy tips? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.