If you’re like me, you don’t have enough hours in the day. Do you ever wonder what you could do with more energy, more pizzazz? Could you accomplish something really great, set the world on fire? Or if that’s a stretch, would you settle for being able to get out of bed without hitting the snooze button half a dozen times? How about falling asleep without a cocktail to the shut up the monkeys in your head?
There are tools we can use to managing our energy and be more effective.
First of all, taking care of ourselves needs to be a priority (otherwise we’ll continue dragging our butts all the way to the finish line, never mind setting the world on fire!).
When you’re looking at your energy level, pay attention to the great science being uncovered in this area. We need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is where we rest, rejuvenate, heal and help our hormones balance—and this can help with us having a healthy weight. That’s right. Getting enough sleep can help regulate your weight.
Fueling our bodies with healthful foods makes a huge difference in our energy level. By eating every few hours, we don’t end up overly hungry and making choices that don’t support the demands of our busy lives. By eating healthy, we can help our blood sugar levels and avoid spikes and crashes. Darn it, I’ve learned I feel better after a breakfast of a scrambled egg with spinach and a multi-grain English muffin than I do after a cup of coffee with French vanilla creamer.
Eating within an hour of getting up helps jump start your metabolism. No joke. If you eat correctly, at the correct times, you can eat more and weigh less. Ask your dietician. You’ll have more energy and avoid feeling sluggish.
Regular exercise, including cardio and weight-bearing activities, are a huge help. (Of course, see a doctor before you get going on an exercise program!)
We all need breaks from stress, too. What rejuvenates you? A bath? A little NFL? Dinner with friends? Boating? Skiing? Hiking? Camping? Hunting?
Just as taking a daily shower or having a morning dose of caffeine is a habit, we can establish other healthy habits. We can choose to support, rather than drain ourselves mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Why not pick a place to start? You don’t have to overwhelm yourself, since you’re probably overly stressed to begin with. Perhaps consider starting with the rejuvenation piece? What can you do that nourishes yourself or your relationships? A latte with a friend? A burger with a colleague? A massage?
Maybe just eat breakfast a few days a week, and see how you feel on the days you nourish yourself well? If you drink too much caffeine, maybe consider cutting back, just a little.
If you don’t move your body much, how about an evening walk three times a week? Maybe consider some light yoga? (Again, talk to your doc.)
What if you turned out the lights one hour earlier, just twice a week?
What is it that you can do for you? How can you set the world on fire and live a life of excellence? I’d love to hear from you!