You might have great goals and well-laid plans, but if you don’t have the energy to push through each day, you’ll never get around to accomplishing anything significant. Your energy level is one of the most important components of your success.
You can’t be successful if you can’t do the work. You also can’t enjoy your life to the fullest if your energy levels are too low.
Too many people rely on sugar, discipline, and caffeine to power through the day. But, it’s more effective to have plenty of healthy energy on reserve.
1. Get enough sleep. Most people could use more sleep. A few people would be better off getting less sleep. Experiment and find the right amount of sleep for you. Ninety-nine percent of the population needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Odds are you’re not part of the other 1%, though most people think they are.
2. Eat a healthy diet. Food that is low in nutritional value is hard on your body and prevents you from feeling your best. Most people eat too much, and they eat the wrong things. You’ll feel better and have more energy if you avoid foods that you know are unhealthy.
3. Drink more water. One of the signs of dehydration is fatigue. Anytime you’re feeling lethargic, try drinking a large glass of water and notice how you feel 10 minutes later. Water is better for you than most other options, and odds are you’re not drinking enough of it.
4. Exercise. Exercise requires energy, but it provides you with even more energy. Spend 30-60 minutes each day moving your body. Regular exercise can provide a great boost to your energy levels.
5. Reduce the stressors in your life. Stress drains energy. Most of us don’t have the luxury of living a stress-free life, but you can probably eliminate some of the things and people that add stress to your life. Think about everything in your life that stresses you out and ask yourself how you can minimize those things.
6. Handle stress more effectively. You can’t remove all the stressors from your life, but you can enhance your ability to deal with them. There are a multitude of techniques and strategies for dealing with stress. Turn yourself into a stress-management expert and find techniques that work for you.
7. Limit (or eliminate) alcohol and tobacco use. Alcohol can be relaxing, but it leaves you feeling tired. A night of drinking doesn’t typically boost your energy the following day. Alcohol places a burden on your body that requires resources to metabolize.
8. Create a compelling future. When all you have to look forward to is another day of work at a job you don’t like, your energy levels will be low. However, if you have something exciting to look forward to, you’ll be much more excited about your life. You have more energy when you’re excited about your future.
9. Spend more (or less) time with others. Spending time with others can drain or boost your energy, depending on your personality and the people you’re spending time with. Take a look at your social life and ask yourself how you can generate more energy or spend less.
When you have more energy, you have a greater chance of having a productive and worthwhile day.
Learn how to maximize and conserve your energy and watch what happens to your life. You’ll be in a better mood and get more done. Determine the diet, sleep patterns, and stress-management techniques that allow you to get the most from each day.
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