Do you struggle to keep your energy level up? Do you find yourself tired, discouraged, or just bleh? I think everyone does at times. But there’s good news! We can dramatically impact our mood and energy level by doing things that promote physical and spiritual health.
Here are 7 things you can do each day to boost energy and feel better:
- Connect with God – In the words of CEO Michael Hyatt: “This is where I start each day. You were not created to function without a connection to God. He is the ultimate energy source. Trying to navigate life without Him is like trying to ride a motorcycle without starting the engine. You can do it, but it only works downhill. Unfortunately, a lot of life is uphill. The way I connect is by reading a passage from the Bible and praying on my commute to work.”
- Exercise – I believe this is one of the most overlooked secrets to wellbeing. Sure, everyone knows they should exercise. But in addition to weight loss, one of the main benefits is that it simply makes you feel better. It produces chemicals in your brain that help to keep you happy, such as serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine. Not only that, but exercise releases growth hormones that increase the supply of blood and oxygen to your brain, stimulating the release of powerful mood-enhancing endorphins. These chemical messengers can create euphoria and pain relief that is stronger than that produced by morphine. Even as little as a 30 minute walk has been scientifically proven to have these effects.
- Get quality sleep – Sleep improves heart health, produces melatonin (which is now believed to protect against cancer), reduces stress, and bolsters your memory. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night in a dark room. (New studies have shown the importance of sleeping in a dark environment.) It will make a huge difference in the way you feel!
- Drink more water – One of the easiest ways to improve your health- drink water! Try drinking eight glasses a day this week (it’s not as hard as you think). Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. Take for example, brain consists of 90% of water, if you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well, and you will get headache or migraine. Hence, next time, if you feel fatigue and headache, it may be the sign of dehydration.
- Choose the right attitude – This is absolutely crucial. “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Nothing will drain your energy faster than a poor attitude. It will leave you feeling ‘bleh.’ Positive thinking replenishes your energy. Attitude is not something that just happens; you choose it. Even in difficult circumstances, you can choose to have a good attitude.
- Change what you eat –The important thing is to avoid the bad or fast-burning carbohydrates (the ones your body quickly turns to sugar). You get an initial boost from them as the sugar hits your blood, but you then hit a low that is lower than your energy was before you ate them. Carbs in this category include white potatoes, white rice, and white flour (or white bread). Worst of all, the energy that isn’t burned gets stored as fat. Instead, eat slow-burning carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, wheat bread, etc. It is also important to eat more frequent, smaller meals. This keeps your metabolism up and your energy on an even keel.
- Organize & Clarify – I’ve discovered that the more organized I am, the more energetic I am. Write down exactly what you need to accomplish today. Organize your desk. Clean your closet. You will feel less bogged down, more in control, and more energetic.
What do you do to boost energy and feel better?