No energy? Do this to recharge your batteries

Are the short winter days taking their toll on you?

If you are tired, stressed out and have no energy to do everything you need to do, it may be time to recharge your batteries. If the “winter blues” is getting you down, here is what you can do to get tons of energy, fast.

1. Eat more energising foods

In winter, a lot of people resort to comfort foods to keep warm. They connect the warming effect these foods provide with feeling good.

Many foods people consider comforting are in fact everything but, as they sap your energy and make you pile on the pounds. Beware of foods high in sugar,  simple carbohydrates, and the chemicals that many prepacked foods contain.

Make sure you eat lots of seasonal fruit and vegetables. There are some delicious and warming recipes you can cook, that don’t take long, and they will make you feel full and good about yourself.

2. Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of hydrating and nourrishing fluids like water (preferably filtered), green tea, decaffeinated herbal teas, and veg. juices. It is recommended you drink 8 glasses a day, and more if you exercise.

Stay away from coffee, sodas and other sugary drinks. These dehydrate you and play havoc with your energy levels.

3. Get your dose of Vitamin D

Essential for optimal health, yet, if like most people you work indoors all day, you may be deficient, and as a result feeling low in energy.

The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight. It is harder to get it in winter, but you can still get some of the benefits by spending time outdoors every day. Whether you go for a walk, a run or a cycle… you will hugely benefit from it.

The other way to get it is supplementation with Vitamin D3. Please consult your health care practitioner to find out the right dosage for you.

4. Work out

Research shows that consistent exercise can help people battling depresion. Exercise affects your body’s levels of cortisol and endorphins.

Cortisol, which is produced in response to stress, increases blood pressure and blood sugar, weakens your immune response and can lead to organ inflammation and damage. But working out burns cortisol, restoring your body’s normal levels.

Exercise can also cause your brain to release endorphins, your body’s natural pain relievers.

5. Reduce radiation

A lot of us spend most of our days in front of a computer, a tv, or on our mobile phones. The electro magnetic field radiation these emit interferes with our biological energy levels, and this can cause fatigue, insomnia, and stress, amongst other ailments.

Take a little time to research how you can reduce radiation. Getting a low radiation mobile phone, and a radiation filter plate for your computer can help. It’s known that placing several cactus plants beside your computer can help too as these plants absorb radiation.

6. Think positive

By focusing on the things you can do to feel more energetic, you are thinking more resourcefully, which in turn will make you feel better about yourself.

As Winston Churchill said:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

7. Learn to manage your time better

In my post “How to get more done with the time you have” (Category: time management), I give you practical tips on how you can manage your time better so you can get more done with your day. When you put these tips into practice, you’ll notice you have more energy and you are more relaxed too.

8. Breathe

One of my most recent clients was so stressed out he held his breath without realising. He said that he was getting bad headaches and his neck was always sore. Then I pointed out to him that his shoulders were up to his head. Stress was causing “cronic shrugging” and he wondered why he was getting these pains!?

During our session we did breathing exercises and a  relaxing induction that lasted about ten minutes. He fell deeply asleep. When he woke up he said he felt like he’d slept for 8 hours and he felt refreshed and invigorated. He walked out with a spring on his step!

Take a few minutes every day to just take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax, as you let your mind wander and appreciate your life.

9. Help others

After performing good deeds, we are happier and feel our life has more purpose.

Selfless acts can help our life on many levels. And as they make us feel good about ourselves, they also affect our energy levels positively.

Put these tips into practice, and allow yourself to feel what it feels like to have an abundance of energy!

Talk soon,

 

Anna

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Comments

  1. Jamel Maye says:

    I just want to give you some kudos for exerting effort in posting this entry and in coming up with this. I’m looking forward to more of your blogs.

  2. Thank you Jamel for taking the time to read, and to write. Appreciate it. Hope to keep inspiring you. Anna

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