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Energy Drivers – 5 Ways To Become Unstoppable In Business and Life
By: Kirsty O'Callaghan, Owner, Unity Words | Thursday 18 May, 2017
Do you have trouble getting out of bed each morning or struggle with the afternoon slump? KIRSTY O’CALLAGHAN shares some energy drivers that will put the spring back in your step so you feel totally unstoppable.
Up to one in five people complain that they are constantly exhausted and lacking the energy required to meet the demands of their day.
The reasons for feeling drained could be a medical problem, so it is always important to see your doctor to eliminate any health issues. Yet it is far more likely that the issue may be solved with some simple changes to your lifestyle. You can physically, mentally and emotionally step it up by taking notice of your daily activities and habits and making the necessary changes.
Reduce and manage stress
Learning relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce stress is a great start. Relaxing your muscles regularly will increase circulation, eliminate toxins and cut down on the results of continual tightness throughout your body. Passive muscle relaxation that begins from your scalp right down to your toes will help to reduce headaches and body aches. It also increases awareness of trouble spots before they become a serious issue.
Taking at least three deep belly breaths regularly will:
- Increase mindfulness;
- Send a message to your body that you are safe and don’t have to fight or run away;
- Increase energy, clear the mind and calm the body; and
- Give you a moment to pause and consider.
Drink more water and eat well
Cut back on coffee and sugary treats. Even though coffee, Coke and energy drinks are stimulants and can leave you feeling alert, a crash will follow. Your blood sugar levels will drop and you will be left feeling even more tired.
Remain properly hydrated by drinking sufficient water throughout the day. You will be amazed at how the drinking correct water intake can completely energise you. So instead of picking up that third cup of coffee, replace it with a glass of water.
Skipping meals will also zap your energy and productivity. When you skip a meal or eat low nutritional food, your body stresses and your thinking becomes cloudy. It takes more effort to produce results, think straight and recall information.
For the next week take note of what you eat and when and how you’re feeling throughout the day. Is there a correlation of low energy times, stress peaks and what you have or haven’t eaten.
Get a good night sleep
Enough restorative sleep enhances performance. Poor sleep patterns and stress go hand-in-hand. Without taking time out to rest, recover and have adequate sleep your judgment, mood and ability to learn and retain information are weakened. Your health, mentally and physically, is impacted.
People who have poor sleeping habits are less productive, anxious and suffer more mood swings compared to those that have good sleeping habits. Studies have shown that those who generally sleep well, live longer and have stronger immune systems.
Be on purpose
There is nothing more draining than not having a purpose or a set of meaningful goals to work towards. There is no sense of achievement, satisfaction or accomplishment and life just becomes boring.
Discovering your values, what is important to you and working towards an exciting goal or result will give you a reason to spring out of bed in the morning.
If you feel you are in a slump, ask yourself, “What do I want and why do I get out of bed each morning?” Or, “What am I working towards and, have I got a plan to achieve it?”
Be around inspiring people
This is probably the most important area of all. Being a part of a family, a group, or a community is fundamentally tied to our happiness, longevity and well-being.
You are most on purpose and energetic when you are around those that inspire and support you and you have the opportunity to inspire and support others.
If you want different results, seek out and hang around people it feels good to be around. Those that are achieving what you want to achieve.
Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones said “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
What could you change that would help to lift your energy, reduce the drain and increase your productivity?