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We need energy to accomplish anything in life. When we are in a bad mood or our productivity decreases, it’s usually because we are low on energy. Often it happens that we while away our days by doing practically nothing, and feeling busy and stressed and then, at the end of the day, we are so tired we zone out in front of the television or Internet until we’re ready to drop off to sleep.
KNOW ABOUT THE ENERGY DRAINERS
Not enough oxygen: Many of us have shallow breathing most of the time. When we do that we’re not getting enough oxygen which is the element we need to burn fuel inside our bodies for energy. Deep breathing will serve another important purpose and that is moving fluids through the lymph system. Your lymph system eliminates toxins which in turn free your body to work on more important things like your goals! What to do: Two-three times a day take five minutes to do 10 slow long deep breaths. Breathe in slowly, hold, and then release slowly too. You’ll be amazed how good this makes you feel!
Chronic pain: Daily pain can take the form of debilitating back pain or as simple as chronic foot pain from wearing tight shoes. The thing with chronic pain is we become used to it to a certain degree. Many people just live with it. This is not good because chronic pain robs you of energy. Pay attention to your body to identify any pain you are experiencing on a daily basis and come up with a plan to alleviate it. If you have sciatica pain you might want to begin a slow regimen of simple stretches such at toe touching and hip opener stretches. If you are having knee pain, and are carrying extra weight, losing some weight might help relieve that daily pain. Other pain-relieving strategies include stretching, massage, acupuncture, or a pain management programme from a doctor who specialises in this. Cluttered surroundings: Our cluttered, disorganised and unpleasant surroundings can drain us of more energy than we realise. A messy desk or house can be very draining. Just being in a cluttered room makes a person tired. Wash dishes right away, put clothes away or in the hamper right away, do a load of laundry when you get home, do a quick sweep or vacuum if you notice things getting dusty. A clean house can do wonders for your mood and energy.
Toxic people: Toxic people are those who complain or grumble all the time, constantly in need of help, advice, sympathy, or confidenceboosting. They always expect the worst to happen. They encourage you to have feelings of guilt, inadequacy or inferiority. They blame others, fight, and provoke quarrels. People who are negative can rob some of your energy too if you let them. It’s impossible to completely get rid of these people, but you should avoid interacting with them as much as possible.
Too many commitments: Having a tight schedule may make you feel important, but it drains your energy. Take a look at all the commitments in your life — work, personal, civic, etc — and see which ones drain your time and energy without giving you much joy. You just have to learn how to politely but firmly say no. Decide what you aren’t going to do. Focus on what is really important and can actually be done.
Anger: Anger can be a powerful destructive force. It drains your energy and waste your time in negative thinking. Most people have some difficulty handling their anger. Some people express their anger in aggressive ways; others express it indirectly, in passiveaggressive ways like sarcasm, nagging or silence and withdrawal. Anger drains your emotional, physical, and mental energy.
TOXIC PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO COMPLAIN OR GRUMBLE ALL THE TIME, CONSTANTLY IN NEED OF HELP, ADVICE, SYMPATHY, OR CONFIDENCEBOOSTING. THEY ALWAYS EXPECT THE WORST TO HAPPEN. THEY ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE FEELINGS OF GUILT, INADEQUACY OR INFERIORITY.
Overspending: Living beyond your means is a persistent energy zapper. Sticking to the budget that fits your level of income can help prevent your energy from being zapped by worry about how to pay bills each month. When going out for shopping keep a list of items which you ‘really’ need to buy and stick to your list.
Lack of sleep: Sleep is a time for repairing and restoring and it is the true source of our energy. A poor night’s sleep is the biggest and fastest energy zapper in most people’s lives. One bad night can ruin the next 24-48 hours. Lack of sleep, disrupted sleep, and irregular sleep patterns have a terrible effect on energy levels, creativity, mental alertness, general wellbeing and health. If you go to bed when you are not sleepy enough it takes a long time to fall asleep. Go to bed when you are sleepy and get up at the same time every morning.
Poor diet: When fast food and processed food is your main diet your body is not provided with enough vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and essential fatty acids. You simply don’t get what you need. Low levels of B-vitamins, potassium, iron, and iodine contribute to fatigue. Too much food is just as dangerous for your energy as too little food. Too many kilocalories will leave you lethargic. Waiting too long between meals can also drain your energy. Sugary food may promise a quick rush of energy but are followed by an energy crash. These foods trigger a large output of insulin, which lowers blood sugar and leaves you feeling sluggish. Avoid it. Most fruits naturally have both the sweetness and the fiber. Reduce the amount of processed foods.
Lack of exercise: Lack of exercise = lack of energy. If you don’t exercise, you can be fit, and if you're not fit, you won't have the energy to exercise. Exercise causes release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. Exercise gives you energy especially if you do it on a regular basis. Another simple thing you can do is take a five-minute break every hour to get up from your work to stretch and walk around a bit.
Dehydration: This is an often overlooked cause of fatigue. When you don’t get enough water, blood flow to your organs, including your brain, is slowed down making you tired. At a minimum, be sure to at least drink enough water to replace what you lose through your daily activities. It is also important to note that your water needs can come from juices and other beverages, but bear in mind that caffeinated drinks will make your body shed water so you may need to drink more if you drink a lot of caffeine.
Stress: No doubt that today’s life is stressful due to our changing life style and work pressure, but many of us make it worse by overfilling our schedules. Instead, stop trying to do it all. Figure out what is most important to you. Cut out the rest. Trim your schedule. Learn to say no. Meditate.
Worrying: We spend a lot of time and energy trying to control everything that goes on around us: events, people and situations. Some people feel an urge to fix every problem that comes up but it is impossible to create a perfect world. Constant worrying drains your brain of energy and focusing power. When you find yourself getting into the worry mode, ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ Let go of things you can’t control and focus on what you can!
EXERCISE GIVES YOU ENERGY ESPECIALLY IF YOU DO IT ON A REGULAR BASIS. ANOTHER SIMPLE THING YOU CAN DO IS TAKE A FIVE-MINUTE BREAK EVERY HOUR TO GET UP FROM YOUR WORK TO STRETCH AND WALK AROUND A BIT.
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.