Hello SOTGC community,
I really do not like to move, my household that is. This past week that is exactly what we did and no matter how well we planned it is still draining especially while maintaining a full workload. We even put on the LEGO movie to keep us laughing while packing. After a good nap I pulled out my own handouts on energy boosters and energy robbers to remind myself of some tricks to stay healthy and energized.
For you if it’s an end of summer slump, the need for a vacation after your vacation, or the project that requires a little bit more of you, perhaps these are helpful!
- Boosters: Overall brain-healthy program—Dr. Daniel Amen from the Amen Clinics promotes brain protection, brain healthy diets, proper sleep schedules, and supplements like fish oil and Omega 3’s to optimize your powerhouse functioning. So no more head butting around the office, trade in that second cup of coffee for some green tea, and take a solid nap.
- Nutrition—what you put into your body of course determines how much energy you get out of your body. It’s basic physics of energy in, energy out. Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD has a great resource called Eating On the Run for all us wonder women. Eating healthy small meals with some protein maintains blood sugar and keeps a more stable energy level.
- Treatment for mental or physical issues—it’s no joke that illness, stress, depression, low hormone levels, and chronic pain steal away energy. Even a misalignment in your spine can create energy depletion. Get checked out by your MD if you have constant energy loss.
- Physical activity—sometimes to boost energy we need to get moving. Maintaining an exercise program more often than not is sure way to boost energy. If your schedule requires more commuting or other stationary tasks, consider walking when you can and taking breaks to walk stairs or do some lunges over a break. I love KelseyLee.com for minute long workday workout bursts between sessions!
- Air and ventilation—if you are inside for long periods of time without fresh air, it can also steal some energy. Likewise if you are in an area with toxic smells you may become lethargic. Get some fresh air every couple hours. If you fly often for your job, you are probably familiar with this feeling.
- Healthy relationships—having consistent relational connections with healthy people increases energy, but only in the amount of time we can handle. High introverts must guard their time alone to really be refreshed, but even introverts need solid time with good friends.
- Energy Robbers: Basically the opposite of what’s above really plus…
- Extreme weather—here in Austin the heat just draws out the energy. If you are in a similar area, maintain your hydration and then notice a difference. Often times plain water won’t do it so consider some aloe-vera juice, coconut water, or a sweetener free after workout drink during the days you will be out.
- Low key vitamin levels such as B12, magnesium and D
- Some medications
- Excessive caffeine or alcohol
- Comparison, focusing on the worst, berating yourself will all drain your energy!
After reviewing my list and stepping on some unpacked boxes, I realized how grateful I was for the friends who set up our bedroom, those who brought us dinner, and the puppy who needs me to play with him often. Even though I can’t from my heart join in with the LEGO movie song and say “Moving is Awesome!”(BTW great movie for a good laugh), I can say I do feel a boost!
Which one of these energy boosters will you add in today? After reading, is it time to set an appt with the doc? Really, if you love your coffee can you trade it in for a couple glasses of H2O and some green tea? How about doing an experiment for 7 days and apply all the energy boosters!?