How to Boost Your Energy

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We could all use more energy in our lives. I know there have been many times in I’ve felt drained and sluggish. I’ve realized that there are habits that can either increase or drain our energy. We can gain more energy by doing things that motivate and inspire us or we can lose energy by negative self-talk and developing poor lifestyle habits. I’ve put together a list of practical tips for increasing your energy that you can start implementing now. All of these suggestions I’ve personally tried and can attest to the difference they’ve made in my life.

  1. Breathe. One of the most important ways we generate energy is through our breath. If we have poor posture, too much stress or have developed bad breathing habits, our breath won’t reach the bottom of our lungs. Practice better posture and deeper breathing and you will see an immediate positive effect in your energy level. Yoga, healthy posture, and proper exercise can help us increase our deepness of breath.
  2. Release stress. Whatever helps you relax, try to do more of it. Whether it be reading a book, meditating, cooking or journaling. Stress is one of the biggest energy-zappers. Make daily relaxation a habit.
  3. Meditation. You knew I was going to say this one right? Meditation can be a great stress reliever because we naturally let go of everything when we settle into the meditative state. You can also practice visualization techniques in meditation. Close your eyes and imagine a ball of energy moving up your spine and into your heart. Watch the energy grow, focus on the expansion and growth of this energy, really feel it in vibrating within you. Now as the energy grows in your heart, imagine it moving through your torso and into your legs and arms. Imagine this energy moving up through your neck and into your head, calming and energizing every cell in your body. Now open your eyes and simply breathe. The more you practice this the better you’ll become at it.
  4. Take a walk around the block. You might think that walking or exercise would decrease your energy, but it’s exactly the opposite. By walking regularly, you’ll increase the amount of energy your muscles can expend.
  5. Drink more water. We’ve all heard this before, but it’s important to add. If we’re dehydrated, our bodies won’t have the energy needed to get through the day. Remember, our bodies are 90% water. Think about that.
  6. Limit your fat intake. Too much fat in your diet wears down your digestive system. Fat is calorically dense so it naturally takes more energy and longer to break down. As an added benefit, reducing your fat intake means less weight gain and the slimmer you are the less you’ll have to carry around, increasing your energy.
  7. Get more fresh air. Whatever you have to do, take a break at least three or four times a day, even for just a few minutes and go outside and get some fresh air.
  8. Go on a fast. You might think I sound crazy with this one, many people do when I first introduce them to it. But going on a juice fast can be one of the fastest ways to boost your energy and revitalize your body. I’ve done two 10-day juice fasts (and plan on doing more) and the results have been incredible each time. Fasting gives you digestive system a much needed rest, allows itself to heal and restore. Fasting also allows your body to spend it’s energy on detoxifying and repairing your body, energy that before was being expended on digestion. As always, consult your physician and make sure you do your research. I recommend the Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs.
  9. Boost your energy with feng shui. Keep fresh flowers (I prefer potted) and fruits in your house. Keep new photos of you and your loved ones framed around your desk and living room.

Here are some natural herbs for increasing your energy. These should be used as a transition to creating energy naturally through your lifestyle.

  1. Ginseng – One of the most popular energy boosters which originates in ancient Chinese medicine. A great natural alternative to coffee and caffeine.
  2. Yerbe Matte – Straight from the rain forest, this plant has been used for thousand of years to naturally boost energy and focus.
  3. Gingko Biloba – Used to improve memory and poor blood circulation.
  4. St. John’s Wort – A natural mood stabilizer, helps combat depression, also known as an anti-viral agent.

Be aware of the many ways we lose energy throughout the day. We each have a certain amount of energy for each day. We can either spend our time depleting and draining our energy or by sustaining it and adding to it. If you look in the mirror in the morning and talk negatively to yourself, you immediately lose some of your energy for the day. If you start out you day at work stressing about everything you need to get done, some more of that energy leaves. If our work area, our homes and our lives are cluttered, we lose energy by becoming distracted by all the imbalance. The more we develop an awareness of where our energy is being spent, the more we can re-direct it into sustaining and increasing our energy.

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Desika Nadadur | I Am My Own Master March 13, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Nice article, Jonathan!

I agree that fat intake should not be too much. However, too less of fat is also bad for health–body even needs some saturated fat (not too much though). Food has to be balanced in protein, fats, and carbs to keep the energy flowing. Also, minimizing junk foods and fast foods is a good idea.

Great tips! I gave this a stumble.

Thanks,
Desika

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apricot. March 14, 2008 at 1:59 am

You give wonderful words of wisdom. I admire your intelligence in areas that many people your age haven’t even begun to grasp just yet. You bring out the better, practical & rational side of me. & I love you for it. I think I might try some of your suggestions… but you failed to mention one very important way to reduce stress:

sex. :]

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Louise Pool March 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

Nice article. And I’m grateful for the reminder. There are a few things I haven’t be doing recently, like taking a daily walk. Although, I’ll skip the fasting. I tried that once; by the end of day one I had too much aggressive energy :-). What I do from time to time is put in a fruit day. I get to eat and yet is has a cleansing effect.

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Jonathan March 14, 2008 at 7:39 pm

@ Desika

Too little fat is not good either, good point. They key I believe is a healthy balance.

@ apricot

Thank you darling. Sex is also a great reliever of stress as well. Thanks for reminding me! =)

@ Louise

Fasting is not for everyone, but I’ve had great results with it. I like your idea of having a fruit day as well, it’s good to give our bodies a good cleansing regularly.

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Evelyn March 15, 2008 at 9:25 am

I’m in an agreeement with the fasting idea, having done so myself.

Thanks for sharing your tips! I really need a boost in energy!

Evelyn

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Clay Collins | The Growing Life March 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Awesome article, Jonathan. In my opinion you’ve really covered all the bases. These are the biggies for me: water, meditation, yerba mate, breathing (this is very important).

–Clay

P.S. Sounds like you’ve got a good woman, too. That always helps in the energy dept. :-).

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JEMi | Tips for Life, Love, You March 18, 2008 at 6:04 am

oh heyyy Clay knows about this site? I’m all late..

Dude, thanks for this article. You have no idea how much I struggle with the energy thing especially as of late. As a returning gym rat with high hopes for her summer (wish me luck!) I can’t afford the energy slumps because I truly drop everything and go to my room and go to sleep in the middle of the day. ( I kid you not. College life is great)

I’m too busy trying to do so much with my time.. the school, the studying, working out, practicing, reading, exploring, etc times infinity

so merci for this

this blog is a nice find btw :-D

*adds it to her blogroll*

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John March 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Ginseng interesting never try it before. I will give it a try, does it give you a boast like caffeine?

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Max_1 March 27, 2008 at 11:24 am

I don’t mean to be too in your face, but I’m not sure I agree with this. Anyhow, thanks for sharing and I think I’ll come to this blog more often.

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Jonathan March 28, 2008 at 5:09 am

@ Jemi: I can’t afford to fall asleep mid-day either.. for some reasons naps don’t energize me, they just make me even groggier. Like it just teases my body or something.

@ John: Ginseng is great, as long as you don’t overdo it. It doesn’t give you the “come down” that caffeine does either.

@ Max: Anything in particular, or just everything?

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Max_1 March 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

Boost Your Energy | Jonathan Mead is a quite interesting post but quite difficult to understand for me .

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