How to Have More Energy

By Val Silver

Always tired? Whether you want to know how to have more energy all the time or you just need more energy and a quick pick me once in a while, up will do, these tips will help.

The first set of strategies will help you build energy reserves so your body can naturally generate the energy you need to live a healthier life to the fullest. The second set of tips will show you how to get a quick energy boost to help you through the occasional slump. 

How to Have More Energy Reserves

If exhaustion is your norm,  quick energy boosters only give you temporary relief. For sustained energy during the day, you will do better to focus on how to have more energy reserves. 

First, pinpoint the causes of your fatigue. If you feel always tired with no energy, then it is important to correct what is sapping your energy to plug the drain. This may be the only thing you need to do to restore your energy, sometimes in just a matter of days.

  • Nutrient deficiencies from a poor diet do not allow your body to build energy. Eat a healthy diet rich in energy boosting foods.  A varied diet supplying adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals will supply you the energy you need. Keep your intake of caffeine, sugar, stimulants, and alcohol to a minimum. 
  • Too much stress is a major energy zapper that can make you feel wiped out and age you. It can cause adrenal fatigue, sleep disturbances, poor digestion, and energy-depleting health problems. Take pressure off yourself. Shorten your to-do list. Arrive on time. Organize your time and your environments to free up energy. Powering yourself with adrenaline is the antithesis for how to have more energy because you use up reserves. Take steps every day to relieve stress and balance your life to include rest and a slower pace instead.
  • Get enough sleep. Your mind and body need plenty of sleep to recharge, repair, and eliminate toxins from your brain.  

  • Get a moderate amount of daily exercise. Too much exercise depletes energy. Too little exercise does not allow your body to build up enough energy. If you sit a lot during the day, get up at least once every hour or two for a few minutes. Move around and stretch to get your blood flowing and to clear your head. 
  • Detox your mind and body.  Plug up energy leaks from lingering dysfunctional draining emotions and thoughts. When a good deal of your daily fuel goes to churning mind chatter and the emotional stress it causes, it does not leave much for enjoying life. Release negative emotions so your energy stays in the present where you need it instead of sending it to the unchangeable past. Likewise, if your body has to deal with an onslaught of toxins from pollution, chemical cleaners and bad food, you will have less energy to do what you want. 
  • Poor health or an imbalance in your system can make you feel tired. If you are not sure why you don't have enough energy, consult your medical professional to determine if health issues or medications is causing the problem. Thyroid issues, imbalanced hormones, obesity, and a myriad of illnesses can make you tired. When you rebuild your health, your energy will return.  
  • If you are dealing with an illness, your body needs energy and rest for coping and healing. This may not leave a lot of oomph for other things. Focus your attention on getting healthy again. Allow weeks or months to fully recharge after illness or stress burnout. Be patient. Build your reserves back up naturally with excellent healthy living habits including good nutrition, plenty of sleep, gentle exercise, and minimal stress. Once your body heals and recharges, you will have much more energy for other things. 
  • Enjoy me-time every day. Set aside time for something you love every day. Learn to say 'no' to the trivial and 'yes' to what is meaningful and gives you 'juice'. Be creative. Play. Take mini-breaks during the work day, even if just for a minute to chat with co-workers or play a quick game of solitaire. Nurturing yourself inspires your mind to create energy and helps you recharge.
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How to Have More Energy: Quick Tip Energy Boosters

For a quick energy boost, try the following:

  • Respect your body's natural cycles and need for rest. You are not a machine. If you have been on the go for hours, gift yourself 20 minutes of rest. Shut out all distractions. Listen to a meditation or hypnosis audio. Or take a nap. Before you get up, gently stretch your body and take a deep breath.
  • Too much lounging creates lethargy. Your body is meant to move. Get up and get moving. Exercising actually causes your body to generate energy. Take a brisk walk, scrub the floor, take a swim, stretch, do yoga. If you can get out in the fresh air, even better.
  • Take a few deep breaths of cool, crisp fresh air to oxygenate your blood and rejuvenate. For even more benefits, stand outside barefoot on the earth (cement will work too), or touch a living tree trunk with your bare hands. 
  • Put on some lively music and dance for a few minutes or move your body to the beat while you do the dishes, clean your house or do your work.
  • Use natural energy boosters. Take a whiff of a cinnamon stick or an uplifting essential oil like lemon or rosemary. Energy boosting foods, supplements and herbs will give help you feel more energetic in the short-term and for the long haul.
  • Have a glass of pure cool water. Even being mildly dehydrated can sap your energy. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime for flavor and nutrients. Take a sniff of the lemon for its uplifting, mind clarifying benefits. 
  • Add 1/4 tsp of natural real or celtic salt to a liter of water and sip throughout the day. This salt is hydrating, uplifts mood and may even help you sleep better. It contains a complement of minerals, not just sodium chloride. 
  • Live near the ocean? Go for a 20+ minute soak to reinvigorate your energy. A hot bath with a cup of added epsom salts or magnesium chloride will also work to drain away stress and uplift your mood. Really wiped out? Treat yourself to this restorative bath. The guide is yours as a thank you gift for subscribing to Val's newsletter.

Faithfully implement these how to have more energy tips to build your reserves and enjoy boosting your energy naturally. You will find yourself feeling more rested, motivated, and ready to enjoy life. Your body and mind will feel revitalized so that you can focus on living life with vitality on your own terms. If you are chronically exhausted, please get a checkup from your health professional to rule out a serious health condition.

How to Have More Energy updated 10/2019

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