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October 7, 2014
Article adapted from Dr. Libby Weaver
We all love how great energy feels and energy is such a good marker of health. Below are 10 ways to help you have even more amazing energy, even if you feel like your energy is at an all time low. Just pick one, and start there, incorporating more tips as you feel able and inspired to do so! Everything is more enjoyable with great energy.
1. Do What You Love
Write a list of things you love that make your heart sing… and do more of them. Some of us are out of touch with what makes us feel good, and the things that also serve our health. So write a list of all of the things/moments/ experiences that you know light you up and bring more of those moments into your life this year. When you are happy, you are in a much better position to help others and you will inspire people to do more of what makes them happy as well. Do more of what lights you up. And you’ll light others up as a result.
2. Fill Your Body With Nutritious Food
Many people aren’t good at eating less of foods that don’t serve them. Instead, focus on eating more… more Real Food! By default, you’ll not only consume more nutrients – and those are nutrients that keep us alive – but you’ll also eat less processed and packaged food, avoiding some of the ingredients they contain that can take away from your health. Real/whole foods contain not only nutrients but enzymes, necessary for every chemical process in the body. Look at decreasing your reliance on packet or tinned foods and whenever you can look at making alternatives yourself. A simple and easy dressing or homemade tomato sauce will be far more nourishing than their store-bought counterparts and eating real food will give you the energy you need to feel your best all the time.
3. Let Your Kind Heart Shout From The Rooftops
Have you ever been completely taken with a stranger, someone who exudes kindness and grace? Be that person today. Always show more kindness, grace, patience and helpfulness than you think is necessary. You will make someone’s day and inspire them to do the same, creating a ripple effect of kindness that goes out to the world.
4. Focus On Health Not On Weight
Far too often people make grandiose statements about dropping a dress size or losing a certain number of kilograms. While the intention is good, focusing on weight often means a focus on deprivation, which can’t be sustained and hence leading to poor long-term results. Instead, focus on your health and approach weight loss with more health-specific results in mind. For example, set goals around increased energy or feeling happier. That way, losing weight will be an added bonus rather than the driving force and you will make sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Plus, you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.
If there is one simple thing that you can do for your health each day, it is to take 5 minutes to focus on your breath. Diaphragmatic breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows our bodies to go into rest and repair mode – essential for immune function, digestion, restful sleep and a great mood – as it communicates to every cell in your body that you are safe. We cannot access this part of our nervous system with our thoughts, only via how we breathe. It is amazing what our bodies can do with just a few minutes of calming, diaphragmatic breathing each day.
6. Spend Time In Nature
Nature can do wonderful things for the soul, making us feel nourished and restored. Take time out to find parts of the world where the environment has been undisturbed by human hands or simply soak up the majesty of the nature around you in any given moment. Notice the many wonders and forces of nature. It can be incredibly empowering and inspirational and can help us understand that we are never alone and are part of a collective.
7. Beautiful You
Beauty is being your best you inside and out. The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious. People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. Each morning when you get ready for your day, focus on ways that you can make another person’s day better and you will radiate a beautiful shine from the inside out. Oh, and remember to eat your veggies!
Sometimes it can take a new perspective to change how we feel. Consider the following sentiments as they can be a beautiful ways to remind ourselves that we are incredibly fortunate, even for the things that may frustrate us at times: “I am thankful for… the taxes I pay because that means I am employed, my shadow who watches me work because that means I am out in the sunshine, a lawn that has to be mowed, windows that have to be washed and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home, the spot I find at the far end of the car park because that means I am capable of walking, the lady behind me in line at the supermarket who sings off key because that means I can hear, the huge piles of washing and ironing because that means my loved ones are nearby, the alarm that goes off in the early morning because that means I am alive.”
9. Lymphatic Goodness – Get Moving
Your lymphatic system is a major component of your body’s immune system. Unlike blood, lymph does not have a heart to pump it around the body, and a great way to support the optimal function of the lymphatic system is to move. One of the best things you can do is get up and move first thing in the morning. Try using a skipping rope or even better bounce on a rebounder trampoline for 5 minutes. This will help your elimination pathways and support your immunity. At the same time it will wake you up and have you feeling great from the inside out.
10. Keep This In Mind
When you have eaten, but you still feel hungry, yet you know in your heart of hearts that you are not hungry, it’s not food you want. The food will actually never do. It will never fill you. It will never satisfy you. It’s the associations you have with the food, the stories you tell yourself about the food. It’s the memories of that food. It’s what you believe that eating that food will give you… a feeling… it’s always a feeling… a feeling of companionship, of belonging, of being welcomed, of no longer being lonely or bored, of being treasured, of deserving the sweet things in life. When you are not hungry, forget the middleman (food). Go for the treasuring. Start with yourself…..oh, & drink more water which will also help curb those cravings!
What Are Your Favorite Ways To Naturally Amp Up Your Energy?