“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” — Anthony Robbins
Over the past month I’ve had conversations with individuals at very different stages in life — an expectant mother with a toddler who could care less if she sleeps, a young woman starting her own business, a semi-retired man caring for an ill friend, a divorced mom trying to figure out the next chapter in both her career and personal life — and I’ve discovered there is one thing we all need in common.
Let me back up for a sec… I have spent the past six weeks planning and preparing for both work and home projects. In a moment of frustration I realized that there is so much I’d like to do and my first obstacle is finding the time. (Four kids, work and life in general sucks up a LOT of time!) But the bigger challenge I’m finding is having the ENERGY to make these things happen.
Whatever stage you find yourself in, we’re all working toward the same goal… to have both the physical and mental energy to make it happen. Here are some tips to increase your energy:
1. Control stress. This is at the top of the list from the Harvard Health Medical School Publication. We all know that stress can literally suck the life out of you (leaving you exhausted and incapable making decisions). What’s encouraging is that whatever is relaxing for you (a phone conversation with a friend, listening to music, laughing at a funny video, etc.) can help to reduce tension — and therefore increase your energy. If you find stress levels to be debilitating professional help may be in order. Many people have also found meditation to work wonders at keeping stress at bay. Any time you schedule in a break for yourself your body and mind will most likely benefit.
2. Drink water. Did you know that thirst can masquerade as fatigue? “Sometimes, even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic,” says nutritionist Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, an associate professor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and author of The Uncle Sam Diet. Luckily there’s an easy solution… drink more water. It’s also worth noting that it’s important to limit alcohol consumption as it often interferes with sleep — so you’re deceived into thinking you’ve gotten more rest than you actually have.
Note: Drinking HOT water helps stimulate digestion, detoxifies your system and increases blood circulation, relaxes your muscles, hydrates (obviously!) but in turn makes you actually feel fuller and can even help you lose weight.
3. Take a walk. Moving, whether it’s a full-blown exercise class or just a walk around the block, causes your body to release epinephrine and norepinephrine, stress hormones that in modest amounts can make you feel energized. Sometimes you just need to get up and move to initiate that burst of energy. (Another great workout option – check out the Grand Opening of Alkalign GR! Details below.)
4. Power nap. Or meditate (which some say provides your mind with more rest than an actual nap). Either way allowing yourself to rest is so important in staying healthy and providing your body with energy for your day.
5. Eat nutritiously. There is no doubt that what you eat makes a HUGE difference in how you feel and your subsequent energy levels. Eating foods with a low glycemic index (where sugars are absorbed slowly) makes you feel fuller longer and helps you avoid that lag in energy one can feel after eating higher glycemic foods (high-carbs). Eat whole grains, high-fiber vegetables, nuts, and healthy oils.
We can definitely help in the healthier food department — try one of our signature Bliss salads or make your own. And for that afternoon slump try one of our delish energy or protein bars!
Here’s hoping you have the energy to accomplish all your goals this month! Thanks so much for your business. Wishing you a month of bliss!
– Jennifer (& Mark) McNamara, Bliss & Vinegar Owners