It's not hard to develop the habits of energised people. You don't need to become a new person or bust your budget. It's really quite simple: it's all about positive thinking, having a more positive attitude to yourself, your abilities and your life. Here are the top ten habits you should adopt if you want to boost your energy levels.
Get a good night's sleep, and you'll breeze through the day with energy to spare. It's no secret that getting 7-8 hours slumber benefits both our mental and physical health. Sleeping too long can also leave us feeling drowsy the next day. The exact amount of sleep we need varies throughout our lives. Children need 9- 11 hours a day while teenagers up to age 17 should get around 9-10 hours. Adults between 18-64 should aim for approximately 7 - 9 hours sleep. Older people often sleep less but may catnap during the day to make up. If you have insomnia, Bach Flower Mix 87 can help improve your sleep quality, so you wake feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.
Eating healthily is a quick and easy way to boost your energy levels. Choose a balanced diet that includes all the major food groups. Go for whole grains such as brown rice and wholemeal bread rather than refined carbs as these will help keep your blood sugar stable and prevent mid-afternoon lethargy. Include lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you need to snack between meals, graze on seeds, nuts and fruit rather than chocolate, biscuits and crisps. Sugary, fatty foods give you a temporary energy lift but can lead to dips in blood sugar that leave you feeling exhausted.
Rather than slogging away at the same task for hours at a time, try taking several short breaks through the day. The breaks can be as short as five or ten minutes - just stepping away from the desk for a short walk or a coffee, or listening to a piece of music will refresh you and your day will be more productive.
It might sound counter[intuitive, but exercising is a surefire way to give yourself more energy. Exercise causes the brain to release endorphins, hormones that lift your mood and give you even more energy. You don't have to join a gym if that's not your thing: try to find an exercise you enjoy as you'll be more likely to stick to it. Whether swimming, running, dancing or tennis, whatever you choose,m you're sure to feel more energised.
For many of us, our jobs mean we spend much of the day sitting at a desk. A sedentary lifestyle is not good for our health, so make sure you get up, stretch and walk about every hour to boost your circulation. If you can take a break outside, even better. Just a few minutes in sunlight and fresh air will invigorate you.
Are you drinking enough? Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water per day. Tea, fruit juice, soups and herbal drinks can also count towards your allowance. Being even slightly dehydrated can leave you feeling fatigued and lethargic, so make sure you keep your water bottle handy.
Alcohol can really zap your energy levels. It has a sedative effect, so you might think a nightcap is a good idea. But it also disrupts your sleep patterns, so you don't get enough of the deep sleep needed to restore energy levels.
Caffeine in coffee, tea and energy drinks, is well known as a quick way of raising your energy levels and boosting your performance. But too much caffeine can lead to energy levels crashing once it leaves your system. It can also make it more difficult to get enough sleep, leaving you exhausted the next day. If this is a familiar problem for you, try to avoid drinks containing caffeine after 4 pm.
If you want to feel more energised, act as if you are and you'll feel more positive and dynamic. Acting more energetically will make you feel more confident and powerful. You'll do more productive things. You'll feel a sense of achievement, and this will give you a real surge of energy to continue pushing yourself that little bit harder.
A positive outlook on life brings significant health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease, reducing blood pressure and boosting the mood. While you may be born a pessimist, you can learn to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Try listing five things you're grateful for every day and avoid the negative thinking that can drain your energy.
If you're feeling exhausted and finding it hard to motivate yourself to get started, a course of Bach Flower Mix 47 can help you sleep better and give you more dynamism. You'll soon become a more energised person: just adopt some new habits that will allow you to live your most fabulous, energetic life.
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