By Janine Fitzgerald | November 20, 2011
We can’t add more hours to the day, but we can increase our energy which will allow us to accomplish more throughout the day. By adopting a few extra healthy behaviors, you will soon find yourself zipping through your day!
When one of my clients comes to me with the intent of improving their energy level, one of the first things I will have them do is to keep a food log of everything that they eat or drink over the course of at least one week. It’s a means of seeing if there is a proper balance of complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Maintaining a food log will also make it clear as to weather or not they are eating enough fruits and vegetables in order to have sufficient levels of vitamin C which aids in energy production.
Having eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is another sure way to gain energy. To improve your sleep quality, try a few of the following: avoid fluids two hours prior to bed; an hour before bed, dim the lights and turn off the TV and the computer; practice deep breathing while you give thanks for the positive things in your life; avoid caffeine after noon; create a relaxing bedtime ritual like gentle stretching or reading. Give me the couch and a magazine, and within 15 minutes I’m off to snooze land!
Feeling stressed the majority of the time will certainly deplete energy levels. I always ask my client to write down at least three things that “fill their cup”. This might entail spending time with friends and family, gardening, exercising, or being in nature. Then it’s just a matter of scheduling these activities on your calendar and regard it as you would any other important meeting.
Studies show that engaging in physical activity at least five days a week increases energy levels. Once again, it’s important plan your activity in advance and schedule it. Exercise also counteracts stress and insomnia. On that note, get up now and get movin’!
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