Do you need to down a mug or 3 of coffee before you feel awake enough to tackle the day? Do you feel energized even after a full, restful night's sleep? If not--you're not alone! Lack of energy and feeling chronically tired and fuzzy headed, even irritable, is so common these days--not only from chronic lack of enough sleep, but also from dietary habits, sedentary jobs and rushing through life with too many things to do each day.
I want to share 3 things I started doing about a year ago that REALLY boost energy...although I will admit I love my coffee, so I enjoy my morning cup or 3 but don't feel like I'm dying without it.
1. Deep Breathing: It infuses oxygen, gets rid of acidifying carbon dioxide AND helps the lymphatic system by moving toxic materials out of the way. Especially if you sit a lot and don't get the recommended 150 minutes a week of exercise, you are NOT breathing properly. What is 'proper breathing' you ask? Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is what this is. The kind that when done right, you will even feel a bit dizzy at first. Deep, oxygenating breathing not only gives you energy, but stimulates your lymph and blood flow enough to clear those cobwebs from your brain.
The Method: Breathe in for 1 count, Hold for 4 counts, Exhale for 2 counts.
By holding the breath for 4 counts, you force oxygen deep into your system and cells. Then, by exhaling for 2 counts, you eliminate more toxins not only from the lymph system, but also from the body itself in the form of acidifying carbon dioxide. For example: Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 16 counts and then exhale for 8 counts. Work up to doing this 3 times daily, with the first deep breathing session first thing in the morning.
2. Journaling: According to Psych Central:
" Begin journaling and begin experiencing these benefits:
Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict."
Of all of the benefits, reducing stress is THE most important! Reduced stress will give you more energy. Just 20 minutes a day is all it takes and you can write about any topic that comes to mind---about yesterday, your dreams, hopes, irritations etc. Write as if nobody will EVER read it! Because if you don't, you won't get the best benefits because you will be stressed and censoring what you think you should be writing about.
The method: Find a quiet, private spot you can sit uninterrupted for 20 minutes. Begin with a list of 4-5 things you are grateful for that day or for life in general. Just write!
So go out and purchase a beautiful, special journal at a bookstore or even Target or Walmart and start putting those thoughts and problems to paper.
3. Hydration: I'm not just talking about drinking more water here. I'm talking the kind of water that comes from natures perfect source: FRUIT! Forget the tired nonsense that fruit is too full of sugar or fattening...please! Whole fruits are packaged exactly as nature intends, packed with perfect and natural distilled water, vitamins, minerals and soluble and insoluble fiber. The best way to eat fruit is on an empty stomach because it digests so quickly. Have you ever eaten a heavy meal and then had fruit afterwards because it sounds refreshing---only to feel horribly bloated and sick? This is because fruity is meant to digest in the small intestine and not in the stomach, so it just ends up getting backed up behind foods that not only take longer to digest, but begin their digestion in the stomach. Additionally, fructose is the preferred fuel for the liver and is ONLY used and processed in the liver.
The Method: Fruit as your first meal until mid morning snack or even lunch. I recommend starting the day with fresh lemon or lime squeezed into water, then a Green Smoothie with my favorite protein superfood powder, Shakeology, with 2 cups of greens, 1-2 servings of fruit and then an additional piece of fruit.
Try a Green Smoothie and fruit for breakfast for a week, and I guarantee you WILL feel amazing! I fully believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and each morning we wake up to the opportunity to take the best care of ourselves we can. The body has worked hard overnight to repair and rejuvenate, so why not give THE best, most pure fuel full of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and natures perfect water.
So those are the 3 things I do every morning to clear my head and give myself enough energy to tackle a busy day! Give 1 or 3 a try and let me know what works for you.
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