Wouldn’t it be great if just like our electronic devices, we came with a charger! I mean, the moment you start to falter you just plug in and boost your energy level right back up to full. Ideal right?
Whilst sadly this solution won’t be available any time soon, there are some easy to implement alternatives to help you feel energised again.
Now, eating healthily and regular exercise are a given, aren’t they? I just want to point that out in case you’re wondering why I haven’t included them. Instead, I want to share with you 5 other ways you maybe hadn’t considered yet!
Good to know: If you would like advice on increasing energy through diet the NHS provide helpful guidance here.
Ready to boost your energy? Here are 5 easy ways to feel energised…
01. Re-Focus your thinking
There is so much stimulus surrounding us our brains can go into overdrive. Did you know your brain is the most energy-consuming organ in your entire body? It uses 20% of the energy your body produces.
Overburdened brains result in low energy levels. Taking a short but regular break away from everything pulling your attention will help to boost your energy.
One of the easiest ways to waste brain energy is by worrying or feeling stressed. Mindfulness meditation – the practice of sitting silently with your eyes closed, focusing on the sensations of your breathing and your body – will help to ground you in the present moment not wasting energy worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Practising for at least 10-minutes daily will help to overcome fatigue.
I’ve spoken more about mindfulness in Being Mindful is Mindfulness For You? And I’ve also shared a technique to help you calm your worrying thoughts in Catastrophe to Calmness.
Top Tip: If meditation really isn’t for you, how about some mindful stretches to boost your energy? Stretching increases blood flow & in turn can contribute to feeling more energised. Here’s a link to some simple stretches you could try.
02. Have Fun!
If I ever appeared on Dragon’s Den, it would be because I’d found a way to bottle and sell the energy that kids produce! It’s crazy the boundless energy they possess. Now age-related energy aside, kids are on to something – they know how to have fun & fun generates energy – in fact, kids make fun a priority. There’s a takeaway for us in that.
Now I know we’ve all got commitments but you do need to assess & address the ‘fun factor’ in your life if you want to boost your energy. Balance out the ‘must-do’s’ with the ‘want-to-do’s’. Have things to look forward to – it will propel you through the routine. Get social, feed off the energy of others. Having fun reduces stress, pumps the endorphins & produces energy – so make sure you’re regularly having it!
Did you know? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests exposure to humour – even just 12 minutes of it – can increase your energy levels. How about starting your day watching a comedy instead of the news?
03. Accepting the morning
I haven’t got any fancy research backing me up on this one, this is just my personal experience speaking here. However, I’ve found accepting the morning (I’ll explain what I mean by that in a moment) is just the psychological push I need, kickstarting my energy and also making me far more productive throughout the day.
So what do I mean by ‘accepting the morning’? Well, as soon as the alarm goes off (or I wake up naturally) rather than moan or fight it, I just accept it. I think ‘good morning me’ and then I get up and get on with it. Yes, the temptation is to crawl back into bed or lounge somewhere but as soon as I do that I actually end up feeling even more tired. How many times have you had an extra long lie-in only to feel exhausted for the rest of the day?
I find just accepting the morning and getting on with it signals to my mind & body that it’s go time. Obviously, I do have the occasional lie-in just not on days where I want my energy levels to be higher.
Top tip: Let natural light into your home as soon as possible. Air your rooms to let in the fresh air. Simple steps that provide a natural boost and clearly define the shift from sleep time to awake time.
Quality sleep will help boost your energy throughout the day. Read: How to Win at Sleeping
04. Energy is in the eye of the beholder
Staring at screens can cause eye fatigue which in turn can make you feel tired & reduce your ability to concentrate. Using the 20/20/20 rule can help reduce eye fatigue and consequently keep you energised. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That’s all there is to it. Set a little alarm if you need to.
Another way your eyes can help boost your energy is to look at pictures of nature. A study found people’s mental energy increased just by looking at pictures of the great outdoors.
If possible combine your 20/20/20 practice by focusing on a picture of nature. Obviously, getting out and surrounding yourself with nature is an even better energy boost – but at least you have a ready alternative if your day doesn’t allow you moments in all that is green and good.
05. Create a power playlist
Nothing revs me up better (whether I’m out running, cleaning the house, or driving to an important meeting) than my power playlist. Music has the ability to infuse you with energy. Listening to it releases dopamine and serotonin into the brain, naturally improving your mood and motivating you.
Think about all the songs that stir the energy within you and create your own power playlist to listen to whenever you want to boost your energy levels. To boost it even further, move and sing along to it too – it works wonders!
Feeling more energised?
I hope these tips have provided you with some additional ways to feel energised. Sometimes just even talking about feeling energised can help to boost your energy. So allow me to leave you with these energy-boosting affirmations. All you have to do is take some deep breaths & repeat them (out loud if possible) to yourself…
Wishing you increased vitality every day!
5 ways to feel energised is part of our focus on VITALITY this month. To find out more & to catch the other posts in this series visit our Vitality Page
Have you tried any of these tips before? What do you do to help you feel energised? Whatever you’d like to say or ask please do get in touch via the comment box below. I’m always happy to hear from you!