15 Ways to ENERGISE YOURSELF...
Do you feel tired all the time and can't remember what it's like to feel energetic? Perhaps you start your day off feeling groggy when you fight to get out of bed, and then you continue to feel lousy throughout your day. If this sounds like you, then you'll also know how this low-energy life destroys your performance and productivity. I can certainly relate to this, as I dawn many roles as an executive coach -entrepreneur -author - homemaker -nature pet lover - days seem to be totally crazy with activities. Sometimes I even feel burnout after completing all my chores. To ensure continuous energy supply I investigated what were the reasons for my energy depletion and then solutions to fix them, sharing the daily practices that could help you boost your energy levels. The lack of energy could be due to many reasons like stress, sleep challenges, sedentary lifestyle, medical conditions etc.
Some of the simple ways could be adopted to recover from regular depletion and ensure that the fuel is always supporting you. Energy is like one of the critical currencies of life that fuel us and keep us going; thus it's important to maintain and find ways to create it on a daily basis.
15 Ways to energise yourself are following :
1. Work out midday. When that mid-afternoon energy slump rolls around, hit the gym or the yoga mat., or a brisk walk in the sun ..instead of the sack. Studies suggest working out can actually increase productivity enough to counteract that time away from the office.
2. Eat chocolate. Sure chocolate’s got caffeine, but that’s not the only reason it offers a quick pick-me-up. Flavonoids found in cocoa have been shown to boost cognitive skills and improve mood.
3. Power nap. Avoid the temptation to pull a Rip Van Winkle, and take a quick midday power nap instead. Studies show the optimal amount of sleep is 10 to 20 minutes to get through the day without throwing off the night’s sleep.
4. Drink some coffee. We can say from experience six back-to-back cups of coffee is a recipe for instant crash-mode. But one cup is usually just right. One study found that just a single cup of coffee was enough to keep sleepy drivers on a long haul more alert at the wheel.
5. Go outside. Head into the great outdoors — even if the woods aren’t nearby, a green park will do. Just 20 minutes outdoors is enough to feel more alive. How’s that for an energy boost?
6. Eat regularly. The body needs fuel to function, and without it our energy and mood can spiral downward. But regular, healthy meals and snacks can improve cognitive function. But keep in mind not getting enough sleep can also cause us to eat when we’re not actually hungry, so check in with that tummy before munching down. Wondering what to eat to fuel up? Complex carbs (like whole grains) are a good bet. The dose of glucose they provide serves as food for the brain, and one study found a meal of complex carbs made subjects feel more energized. Studies have also found low-carb dieters to be moodier and more forgetful than those who do eat carbs.
7. Laugh. Laughter’s a proven stress-buster, but studies suggest laughing can boost energy levels, too. (Feel free to use this as permission to go on YouTube for the next 30 minutes.)
8. Suck on something. Instead of nodding off during an endless meeting, eat a small piece of candy or chew on a piece of gum. One study found chewing gum can increase alertness and improve mood.
9. Think fast. It may not sound so easy when those eyelids are drooping, but making the brain work a little quicker may help the body follow suit! Thinking faster (i.e. reading at a quicker pace, brainstorming in a group, or learning a new concept) made one group of study subjects feel more energized.
10. Take a cold shower. It’s all about the polar bear swim. Researchers have even suggested a 3-minute long cold shower could be enough to counteract some of the effects of chronic fatigue.
11. Take a few deep breaths. Nope, it’s not just the key to resisting the urge to scream at that stupid driver. Deep, yoga breathing from the diaphragm gets blood pumping, which also boosts energy all day long.
12. Drink water. Whether at the gym or just dealing with the daily grind, it can be hard to remember to drink enough water. But even mild dehydration can cause sleepiness, so try chugging a glass or two when fatigue strikes. Or, better yet, stay hydrated all day long!
13. Sing aloud. We all know singing requires breath control. Belt it for a full song and there’s plenty of extra oxygen pumping to feel energized, not to mention the adrenaline of taking it to the (karaoke) stage. Plus, one study showed singing significantly increased energy levels among college students (more than just listening quietly).
14. Get social. Studies have found people who are less social are generally less happy and don’t sleep as well. And compared to sedentary or quiet office work, chatting it up made study subjects feel more awake.
15. Leave the desk. Chowing down in front of the computer makes overeating even more likely. But getting away from the desk at lunchtime could help reenergize and refocus, too. Whether it’s a quick walk or a long lunch, take some time to wake up away from the computer.
Do share your ways to stay energised and productive in everyday life...Looking forward new practices that has helped you in your work day!!