How to Boost Your Daily Energy, Momentum & Flow
By my guest blogger: Mentedemadreleona
Yesterday, I was thinking about how perpetual movement watches need to be worn in order to work. The watch needs movement to wind up the internal movement and thereby keep time. This got me thinking about how we as humans are similar. If we don’t engage consistently in activity throughout the day, our energy levels run low, leaving us feeling fatigued; even when we have not exerted ourselves. We need movement to keep our energy levels optimal.
It is easy to believe that if we rest a lot that we should have more energy. But it is simply not the case. Do you ever feel that you have to ramp yourself up to get going after a day of rest? Maybe after a lazy quiet Sunday it can be hard to get geared back up Monday am. We should seek to maintain good activity throughout our day. Because so much of what we do today is sedentary we have to be intentional about finding ways we can incorporate activity into our daily routine!
Pursuing passions, goals, and dreams requires energy, momentum and flow. If we do not have the energy to move along our path each day, we lose our momentum in moving forward, toward our passions, goals and dreams. We can also have less of a flow of creativity and positivity because our minds are not energized, eager to move and see progress.
Here are my tips to increasing and maintaining your energy levels:
The more you move, the more you will want to move. Use a fitness tracker to get a realistic picture of how much movement you get in a day. It is easy to forget how much time we have spent on our phones, computers, etc. We may perceive ourselves as moving a lot throughout or day.
Years ago I began tracking my steps, (I used my Apple watch but any fitness tracker works) I thought I was active but I was wrong, I was very sedentary because I was working on my computer, a lot. This knowledge pushed me to become mindful of the amount of time I sit, stand, walk and run.
Exercise is essential to both our physical and mental health. When beginning a new exercise plan you initially may be sore and tired, but this phase will pass with consistent exercise. As your body adjusts you will reap the benefits of exercise. Having more energy is a great benefit of exercise.
Try this: sit up straight, open up your chest, inhale deeply and exhale slowly. Do this a few times. Do you feel refreshed and energized?
Shallow breathing can zap our energy, especially when we do not realize we are almost suffocating.
Yoga classes often begin with a time to focus on breathing. I love how this exercise in breathing awakens my energy with each deep breath. The awesome thing is you can practice deep breathing anywhere!
Ensuring that we get the best sleep we can is vital to keeping energy levels consistent. I think that the quality of sleep over the quantity of sleep is important. Take time to make your sleep time comfortable, adjust the room temperature, bedding, and sound, give yourself what you need to have the best sleep possible.
Intermittent fasting is great for increasing energy because the body is not focusing energy on digestion. It seems counterintuitive on the surface that going without food could give you energy. But it works. Especially, if you are on a low carb type of diet where you are in Ketosis.
Lowering your sugar intake may seem counter productive on the surface, if you are looking to increase energy. Energy drinks, soda and sugary foods will give you a brief spurt of energy but then your energy dives as your blood sugar crashes.
At first, lowering sugar intake can seem to lower energy levels, as the body starves for sugar we are often left feeling lethargic and tired. The removal of high amounts of sugar in our diet will balance blood sugar levels, avoiding spikes and crashes. High amounts of sugar can also cause headaches, stomaches, etc. All of which drag us down.
The compound result of increased movement, exercise, deep breathing, quality sleep, intermittent fasting and lowering sugar intake will give you consistent, higher overall energy, momentum and flow, to keep engaged with your goals.
We need to wind our internal wheels to keep our energy flow consistent. Keeping our internal batteries charged will allow us to have the necessary momentum to progress forward on our path with a great flow of excitement and stamina toward your goals.