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10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level

10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level

Admit it: you’re tired of being tired. Whether hitting your snooze button 34,521 times or spending your day combating brain fog, your energy level is in serious limbo. You’ve often wondered if caffeine’s available in an IV drip (or if you’re anything like me, you’ve Googled it!).

You’re done with chronic fatigue and quick fixes. Your Scarlett O’Hara moment is here, and you’re not going to take it anymore! But where to begin? Glad you asked! Here are 10 practical ways to boost your energy level and get more out of your day-to-day life.

1. Take a Nap

If you’re having trouble focusing, clock out for a 20-minute power nap. Find a quiet place to lie down so you can fall asleep easily, and set an alarm so your nap doesn’t turn into a coma. Make sure to take your nap early in the afternoon – any later and you’ll have trouble falling asleep when it’s time to go to bed.

Have enough sleep already? Try the next one.

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2. Exercise

I know, I can already hear the groans. Exercise when you’re tired? Say wha?! But it’s true: in fact, studies have shown that a 10-minute walk can rev you up for up to two hours! Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, increasing your energy. Just make sure to avoid exercise up to three hours before bed, or you could be in for a restless night.

You’ve been doing a lot of exercises and look for more ways? Keep reading.

3. Drink More Fluids

Dehydration can make you feel tired, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. You’re not limited to water; you can also drink milk, tea and liquid foods to hydrate, such as soups.

Wondering what to do while drinking? Read the next point.

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4. Listen to Music

Throwing on upbeat songs during energy lulls is a great way to not only boost your energy level, but distract you from feeling blasé during not-so-fun tasks. Music engages the body’s sympathetic nervous system, which readies you for action when you’re facing a challenge.

Music alone can’t vent your anger? Try the next suggestion.

5. Roll With the Punches

Studies have reported our minds spin through about 60,000 thoughts a day, and 50,000 of those are negative. If you find your thoughts become very Shakespearean tragedy every time you’re placed in a hectic situation, be mindful of that and get into the habit of handling them in a more positive way. Doing so will lower your cortisol level (the stress hormone), and you’ll be able to perceive productive outcomes over dreadful ones.

Feel like it’s more of a time to calm down? The next 2 ways can help!

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6. Focus on Your Breathing

When we’re going through a stressful period, our breathing can become shallow. This causes fatigue and physical stress because of the lack of oxygen in our cells. By focusing on mindful breathing, you’ll keep your body running smoothly. Check out these breathing exercises for guidance.

If you can breathe well, why not go up another level and try to meditate?

7. Meditate

One of the most popular ways to boost your energy level: meditation. It lowers your heart rate, eases tension, and gives you an endorphin burst, which increases your alertness. Do your best to take a few minutes every hour to step away from technology and simply focus on your breath.

Good breathing helps to tune up the body, so does your diet. Check out the next 2 points.

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8. Cut Back on Caffeine/Sugar

It’s obvious why we go for that afternoon coffee or dessert: it spikes our blood sugar, giving us a sudden burst of energy to get through the rest of our workday. However, your energy will crash just as quickly once your blood sugar level drops back down, leaving you feeling like you’ve been hit by a freight train. Focus on snacks that contain fruit (their natural sugars take longer to metabolize), protein, good fats (such as in almonds and walnuts), and complex carbohydrates (such as those found in whole grains).

Read on to find out what your body needs actually!

9. Take B-Vitamins

Your grogginess may have to do with not getting enough B-vitamins. Thiamin, B6, B12, and riboflavin are all part of your body’s energy production. Take a daily supplement to help offset your fatigue.

Now you know how to have control of all your internal factors, but the external world has impact on you as well. Make sure you don’t miss the last point!

10. Avoid Whiny McAlwaysComplains

There’s no bigger energy suck than people who are just exhausting to spend time with. Either they only get in touch when they want something from you, show up at your door and expect you to drop everything, or make Eeyore look like a ray of sunshine. Either cut back on communication with them, or cut them out of your life entirely.

How do you boost your energy level?

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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