Do you notice your energy levels not as you’d like them to be? Is life perceived as a series of to-do lists? Do you find yourself setting the snooze button on the alarm clock for a few more precious moments of sleep? Do you “stay home” because you need the rest, yet after a night in, find yourself no more rejuvenated the next day?
If so, you’re not alone! Welcome to a common 2017 human experience! It’s not bad, it’s not wrong, it just doesn’t work for people who are up to living their best lives! And like all things – there’s another way!
Here are 5 POTENT ways to increase your ENERGY & VITALITY!
1.) Do an “Integrity Check”: Nothing kills energy like having integrity out and it’s what most of us don’t think about! This is a huge topic and one I’ll be discussing a lot more in future articles. For now, I’m inviting you to consider what happens to your experience of self when you do something that you know isn’t in alignment for who you say you are in the world.
Example: You’re a person who values honesty! Your friend invites you to an event and you don’t feel like going. You lie and say you’d love to go but you have another event to go to. You don’t. And now you’re out of integrity. You FEEL it. And there’s only one thing to do when this happens. Take an action which brings you back in alignment to being the Come clean. Tell the truth. No hiding. Authentic communication and sharing. And watch the energy and vitality flood back into your life!! Having integrity is one of the most life-affirming things we can do for ourselves – and others!
2.) Do one thing at a time: Does this sound familiar… “If I make dinner, while sending a text and talking on the phone…then I’ll have more time to relax later..which will give me more energy.”
Not exactly. It’s common knowledge that multi-tasking isn’t very effective. Still this compulsion to “try” and get more things done at once tends to over-ride common sense, especially when you’re nervous system is already in overdrive. Doing multiple things at once causes your mind to be overwhelmed, scattered and totally not present! And it doesn’t allow for very effective actions either!
Now. Talking about doing one thing at a time and actually DOING it are two different things. Go to tip #3 for how to actually do this!
Watch the “Bringing Movement to Stillness” video at the bottom of the page for more guidance!
3.) Meditate Daily: Meditation serves many purposes, one of which is disciplining the mind. When you engage in a minimum of 10 minutes a day of meditation you literally train your mind to fully get that YOU are the driver. The captain of the ship which you call your life. You get present to that you CAN actually create what you want, such as doing one thing at a time! Meditation refreshes your thoughts and settles your nervous system allowing for more energy and vitality. It’s a beautiful paradox. The way to increase your energy levels is to DO NOTHING!
4.) Invest in an easy-to-carry H2O bottle: You probably learned this in grade school, while studying the Canada Food Guide. And it works. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. The easiest way to do this is to get a water bottle that you have with you at all times. Take a few extra swigs while at the red light in your car or take it from your bag while in line at the store. Every sip adds up to higher energy levels!
5.) Balance your Fitness: Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to increase your energy levels. You just have to experience how you feel before exercise and after to know the truth in this! After exercise you feel ENERGIZED! What most don’t experience, however, is time and space to integrate the new found energy, instead using the energy to DO MORE, causing a cycle of further fatigue. The power of allowing time for deep relaxation for 5-10 minutes after exercise is immeasurable. The next time you work out, resist the urge to move into more doing. Take time to rest instead. It brings focus and balance to your energy making it effective and lasting!!
If you’re living in Victoria and would like a group experience of the power of fitness and stillness, check out the dates/location of YinSpin™ in 2017! For those of you in other parts of Canada, we’re working on getting you as soon as possible.
Enjoy this free guided audio, blending walking and meditation to train your mind to focus on the magnificence of focusing on one thing at a time – even while in movement!