How would you like to find out how to energise your life. What would you do with unlimited energy? Romp with the kids outside, go out on the town for an evening of dinner and dancing, take in a late-night blockbuster thriller, sign up for an after hours course, or even start a new business on the side.
In this three part series I am going to look at how you too can have limitless energy, like you did when you were young.
We are going to look at ways to crank your energy levels way up and have energy to spare in this series on how to energise your life.
There are many tips, so take your time and try adding in one at a time, and before long you will be accomplishing more in one day than you did in an entire week.
If you don’t believe it, try it for yourself.
Ways To Get Moving In The Morning
How To Energise Your Life In The Mornings
When you try to wake up at the last possible moment and dive into your day in a tense rush, you may lose many of the benefits of deep sleep as your mind is already immersed in anticipating problems and pressures.
This abrupt awakening takes a toll on your body, emotions and mind, and the effect can last most of your morning.
This is how to wake up the right way.
Wake Up Right!
If you use an alarm to wake up, set it to play your favorite music instead of an annoying buzz or loud jarring sound. Having something nice to listen to is much more invigorating and relaxing than the traditional alarm any day.
Start The Day Positively
Try imagining yourself at your best, having fun and getting so much accomplished. If you can visualize what’s ahead of you in your day, you will already raise your energy level.
Take Your Time Getting Out Of Bed
Set your alarm for about 15 minutes earlier than you actually need to get up so you can relax in bed and do some gentle stretches. When you first wake up, take some time to enjoy the stillness. Blink your eyes and take some deep breaths.
Open and close your hands and loosen your shoulders. Release your jaw and relax any parts of your body you feel tension in. Stretch your neck and arch your back.
By easing out of sleep, you retain more of the invigorating power of that sleep.
Have A Reason To Get Out Of Bed
Break that snooze button habit by giving yourself something to look forward to every morning. Email an old friend on your way out of the office at night so you can’t wait to check your incoming mail the next morning or have something exciting to read at your breakfast table. The thought of some fresh coffee usually does it for me.
Drink Water First
As soon as you get up drink a large glass of water, as you lose water all night with every exhaled breath and you need to replenish it. This tip peps you up even more if the water is ice-cold.
Eat A Power Breakfast
A good low fat and high fiber breakfast (even a small serving) will boost your energy levels no end.
Protein centered rather than carb centered breakfasts are a great way to start the day for mental clarity and physical energy. If you eat protein, you also stay full for longer.
You definitely don’t need a five-course meal in the morning. Just keep it simple.
- fruit, a slice of wholegrain toast or a whole grain bagel with non-fat cream cheese and a cup of tea or coffee.
- whole grain cereal with non-fat yogurt.
- oatmeal is great for long-lasting energy.
- cottage cheese and fruit.
A sweet breakfast is an energy disaster, as nothing plummets your blood sugar faster than concentrated forms of simple carbohydrates like corn or maple syrup, sugar jelly etc.
A glass of orange juice can be a good idea as it helps your body make a substance called carnitine, which muscles need in order to burn fat as fuel for energy. So eating lots of fruit and veggies high in vitamin C is an easy way to help keep fatigue at bay. These high vitamin C foods include-: orange juice, navel orange, strawberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and baked potato.
Share your healthy breakfast with somebody and this will make your first meal of the day more enjoyable and help you feel closer to the most important people in your life.
Make It Easier To Exercise
I always find it easier to exercise first thing in the morning, otherwise the day runs away with me and I end up not doing it.
Encourage yourself by laying out your exercise clothes the night before and when you see them in the morning, it will inspire you to get up and get moving as well as energise your life going forward.
If you prefer to work out at night, do some simple and enjoyable light activity as soon as you get out of bed. A minute or so of light physical activity sends an immediate and powerful signal to your brain to reduce tension and increase alertness and energy.
You can do this in a number of ways:
- take a quick walk.
- stretch your arms and back.
- shake your arms, letting your wrists hang loosely so that your hands feel nerveless and floppy.
- shake your feet in the same way, shaking your legs one at a time so that your ankles wobble freely and your feet feel loose.
- gently rotate your neck and shoulders.
- take some deep breaths.
Shower Yourself With Energy
A long hot shower really gets you going in the morning. To get the most out of your shower try using a body brush and a herbal shower gel that contains rosemary or juniper. Finish off with a cold splash of water. If you are washing your hair, that cold water at the end will add shine to your hair.
Try singing out loud. Most experts agree that you will get more energy in the morning if you sing in the shower, even if you do it badly. Singing forces you to breathe deeply, especially if it is loud and involves a lot of words.
Wear Something You Feel Good In
Pick an outfit that is flattering in style and fit and something that you feel good in. Wear comfortable shoes. Simply being comfortable and confident in your appearance is a huge energy booster.
Even the color that you choose to wear can make a huge difference.
Cover Up Those Circles
To expertly hide dark under eye circles, always start with an eye cream, then choose a concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin color.
Apply the product under and above the eye, particularly in the top lid crease and inner eye over any dark shadows. This helps brighten the eyes and makes a great base for your eye shadow.
Pat and don’t rub for better coverage.
Follow with a foundation and never powder the under eye area, as it can cause the concealer to cake and show the wrinkles.
Streamline your morning by asking your hair stylist for an easy cut, something that requires minimal fuss in the morning and little maintenance throughout the day.
That was just a few easy tips on how to energise your life by starting the day right. Please comment below if you have anything else to add.