I don’t know about you, but I find that the long winters can be really draining. I never feel like I have enough energy. I’ve been searching for ways to re-energize – without coffee or sugary soda – and I’ve come across some great advice, particularly in Mother Earth Living magazine. If you feel the way I do, here are 10 ideas to help recharge your energy, naturally. I hope they help!
1. Get enough sleep
In most of the articles I have read about taking care of yourself and finding more energy, sleep shows up high on the list. They can’t seem to say enough about how important it is to get a good night’s sleep.
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2. Invigorate yourself with certain fragrances and flavours
Mother Earth Living magazine encourages anyone looking to recharge to smell citrus and try peppermint.
In an article called “14 Ways to Recharge” in its January/February 2014 issue, the magazine notes that “just one whiff of citrus may lift our spirits and clear our minds.” The article’s author suggests starting your day with a naturally-scented citrus body wash or adding citrus essential oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief and inhaling for a pick-me-up at any time of day.
The same article states that “the smell of peppermint can stimulate the mind, making us feel more alert and focused.” Try drinking a cup of peppermint tea or breathe in a product that uses peppermint essential oil whenever we need to think clearly. The article suggests dabbing a few drops of peppermint essential oil on our wrists, behind our ears or on our temples for a boost.
3. Think positively and surround yourself with positive people
Surrounding ourselves with positive people who keep our spirits high has a strong effect on our happiness, for extroverts and introverts alike.
Call a friend or family member, share a few jokes with your co-workers or go for a walk with someone you know if you feel like you need to boost your spirits a bit.
4. Get moving
Feeling sluggish and lethargic? Studies have shown that “movement stimulates blood flow and helps us feel more awake, while inactivity tells our bodies it’s time to pack it up and rest.”
If you love to dance, why don’t you turn your favourite song on and dance around your room? If you can, walk around the block to get the added benefit of fresh air. Climb the stairs a few times, pace back and forth while you talk on the phone at work, do a quick set of pushups or squats… there are many ways you can incorporate bursts of activity in your day.
5. Eat smart
Eating regular, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day will help boost cognitive function and also reduce the risk of overeating – which can slow you down.
“Try to make every meal contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates, non-starchy vegetables and healthy fats,” the magazine states. “Our bodies burn these foods slowly, providing energy over time. Steer clear of simple carbohydrates and sugars, which can cause blood sugar to spike and dip, leaving us wired and then suddenly tired and sluggish.”
6. Drink lots of water
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so the more water we remember to drink throughout the day, the better. If you get a bit bored with plain water, there are lots of great-looking infused water recipes to inspire you on Pinterest. I found quite a few that I can’t wait to try!
7. Move to the music
Listening to upbeat music is a great way to recharge your energy. I know that when I’m feeling low, I always feel better after turning up my favourite pop songs – especially if I’m alone in my car and can sing along!
8. Be a sun worshipper
According to the article, natural light triggers the release of stimulating chemicals in the brain, and just a 20-minute walk outdoors can make all the difference.
9. Meditate and do yoga
Taking the time to meditate or do yoga can help reduce stress. Activities like these help you slow down, listen to your body and connect with your breathing and yourself. I find that practising yoga or meditating can also leave you feeling very refreshed.
10. Pamper yourself
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to take the time to relax and pamper yourself so you can restore your energy levels. Indulge in a bubble bath, get a massage, curl up with a good book… don’t be afraid of taking the time to do whatever makes you happy and makes you feel like you’re recharging your batteries.
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