We all need energy for every thing we do in life. Being able to tweak more energy from our minds and our bodies is a worthwhile pursuit. If you can change your energy levels by a few per cent you will achieve a hell of a lot in life and feel the better for it.
The mind is linked to the physical, so tweaking our mind energy as well as our physical energy levels will give you a double boost. So without further ado here is:
1. Drink Plenty Water
Water really is the elixir of life and we need to drink plenty of water to keep the cells in our body regulated. Water’s essential for the body’s growth and maintenance, as it’s involved in a number of processes. For example, it helps get rid of waste and regulates temperature, and it provides a medium for biological reactions to occur in the body.
2. Go For A Brisk Walk
Walking has to be the cheapest and best exercise to get you feeling fit and more energized. There is no need to join a gym. It is low impact but can strengthen the density of our bones as it is a weight bearing activity.
3. Meet Up With Your Friends
Sometimes your busy work schedule completely wears you out. You usually get into the habit of attending to your daily chores and take out no time for yourself. This could lead to a feeling of isolation which in turn makes you depressed and reduces your energy levels. Meeting up with friends on a regular basis is a good idea to boost your energy levels and to stimulate your brain.
Bottled up emotions could act as energy drainers. If something’s bothering you, a relationship problem or work problems; it’s very important that you communicate with someone you trust.
5. Revitalize Yourself
One of the simplest ways to get rid of the lazy and lethargic feeling is by freshening up. If you’re feeling really tired and lazy, the easiest way to kick the lethargy is splashing ice cold water on your face, the chilled water will quickly rejuvenate you.
6. Consume Enough Iron
Deficiency of iron is one of the major reasons for lack of concentration. Do you find your mind wavering off at many occasions? Or do you tend to get lethargic very easily? You could be suffering from Anemia, i.e. deficiency of iron in your body. Iron leads to the production of hemoglobin in your body, these blood sells are responsible transportation of oxygen in your body. Lack of hemoglobin leads to low oxygen levels, which makes you tired, lazy and very low on energy.
7. Chew Peppermint Or Spearmint Gum
This is probably the easiest way to perk yourself up if you’re feeling tired in the middle of the day.
8. Analyze Your Relationships
We all have relationships in our lives that seem to drag us down. Go through your list of friends and colleagues who are negative and avoid them if you can. We are talking about people who are negative by nature and not people who have had something happen to them recently as that is different altogether.
9. Get Your Thyroid Checked
If you tend to get tired quite quickly in the mornings, or suffer from chronic depression or are low on energy levels on an everyday basis, then you should get your Thyroid checked. Thyroid disease a very common disorder and is more likely to affect women.
10. Make A To-Do List
Every month make a list of the things you need to do, for example list out all the bills that you need to pay and when you plan to pay them or plan out which all friends you want to meet up with in the coming weeks or you can chalk out a few point you need to finish at work. This way you’re organizing your life and building up anticipation.
A simple stretch can boost your energy in no time! Stand up and go on your toes, with your hands stretched upwards. Try to reach as high as you can with your fingertips stretched towards the ceiling. Keep this posture for a few seconds.
12. A Glass Of Lemonade
If you’re feeling drained or have very low energy levels, a good way to snap out of it is a chilled glass of sweet lemonade. It instantly snaps you out of the lethargy due to the quick sugar rush your body gets.
13. Eat a Bit of Chocolate
Even though this is a scary option for all you waist watchers out there, chocolate is one of the best anti depressants (not to mention that it’s the tastiest one too!). Chocolate acts as an effective anti depressant because it consists of a neurotransmitter called ‘serotonin’, which acts as a great anti depressant. Its also has several stimulants like theobromine and phenylethylamine which lift your mood up in no time.
Every time you laugh or giggle your brain releases a substance called Endorphins. Endorphins are substances that make you feel good, awake and energetic. Laughing has many other advantages as well! The endorphin produced improves your immune system, reduces the risk of chronic depression and also helps in preventing heart diseases. A good comedy or a night out with friends will boost your energy.
15. Smells Good
Many different scents are known to increase your concentration levels and to make you more attentive. One of the best examples of this is to cut a nice juicy lemon. It’ll immediately make you more attentive. Other smells that can instantly perk you up are: rosemary, mint, peppermint and spearmint. These scents are known to vitalize your senses, hence making you more alert.
16. Tai Chi
Tai chi is a very ancient art form practiced in many different parts of the world. One of the basic steps in tai chi is also known as ‘the beginning’. It’s a very effective way to calm your mind, increase your blood circulation and as a result feel energized.
17. Make Time For Yourself
The lifestyle followed by people today is very unhealthy. A lot of people tend to suffer from chronic stress. You’re usually occupied with work and the daily chores and tend to forget your own needs. Sometimes, spending some alone time can be very effective and much needed.
18. Quit Smoking
Smoking is a very dangerous energy draining habit. It has many ill effects. The nicotine acts as a relaxing agent as well as a stimulant.
19. Healthy Breakfast
As the name breakfast suggests, it means to break your fast after a long duration. So it is important to begin your day with the right kind of meal, for it has a direct impact on your energy levels throughout the day. Having a good breakfast keeps you energized for the mornings and helps you avoid the carbohydrates and the fats in the afternoon.
20. Lose A Little Weight
Losing the extra pounds not only makes you feel better, it also helps your body in more ways than one. All the things that you can do to lose weight have a direst impact on your health and energy levels.
21. Be Presentable
To stay energetic all day long means you have to feel good from within. Paying attention to the way you dress will have a direct impact on your confidence and the way other people see you.
22. Avoid Alcohol Before Sleeping
Alcohol is not advisable before going to bed because it affects your sleep pattern in more ways than one. Making you feel more irritated the next day and leads to low energy levels.
23. Get Enough Sleep
The number of hours you sleep is directly related to your energy levels. Your body requires adequate amount of sleep to work properly the next day. Working overtime or sleeping in irregular patterns or not getting enough number of hours for sleep can affect your body’s energy levels and mood swings.
24. Take Small Breaks
If you’re too involved with work for long hours then a very simple way to get energized is by taking small breaks. For example, if you’re working for 7 to 8 hours non stop, then make sure you take a small ten minute break every 2 hours.
25. Concentrate On Your Breathing
A lot of times when we’re too tired or stressed out we tend to take small, shallow breaths. Sometimes when you’re concentrating really hard or you’re tensed about something, you stop breathing for a few seconds without actually consciously realizing that you’re doing it. Taking time to take long, slow, deep breaths will help re-energize you.
26. Sing Loudly
A great way to lift your mood up on a boring work afternoon is by singing one of your all time favorite rock songs loudly. Start singing out loudly with full enthusiasm and you’ll find your energy levels rising up in no time.
27. Have A Small Snack For Lunch
The key to being healthy lies in a having a good breakfast and a light lunch. Keep the lunch as a small power snack which gives you a spurt of energy.
28. Wear Vibrant Colors
Wearing bright colors can actually boost your energy according to some psychologists. Color therapists believe the color of clothes we wear have a direct impact on our mood and how others treat us.
29. Lavender Scent
Lavender is a sweet smelling plant. It’s is known that some scents invigorate your senses. Lavender scent is one such scent that makes you more alert and attentive.
30. Play Minesweeper
Boost your energy levels with a quick game of minesweeper on your computer or other games loaded into your computer software. A quick ten minute game will revive your lagging energy levels.
31. Eat Six Small Meals
Eating small quantities is a healthier option plus it gives you a jump start on the energy levels. On the other hand, eating large quantities fills you up and makes you more sluggish and tired.
32. Go On A Vacation
A great way to rejuvenate yourself and bring out the best in you is by going on a vacation. Taking a short break from your stressed out schedule can do wonders for you.
33. Be Cautious About What You Eat:
Even if it’s a small sweet or a large burger, make it a point to always check what you eat and when. Before ordering in a restaurant or before you fix a meal for yourself, think about how healthy that particular item is, and how it will affect your energy levels.
34. Listen To Music:
It is a well known fact that listening to music helps you unwind. Music invigorates the pleasure senses in your brain; hence making you feel more light headed and happy.
35. Don’t Drink During The Daytime:
A mid day drink, however small it may be, is not advisable. Alcohol has several adverse effects, as it is a depressant it depresses your whole immune system and feels you feel a little sleepy. Even 1 pint of beer can make you feel tired and sluggish throughout the day.
36. Do More Cardio:
The sedentary lifestyle followed by many today completely burns us out. By the end of the day, you may have back pains because of sitting in one chair all day, and your shoulder muscles are stiff because of constantly working on the computer. Doing cardio exercises has the exactly opposite effect. It improves your circulation, and exercises your muscles making you feel more energetic.
37. Practice Yoga
Yoga is a very ancient art form of self development. All the things involved in yoga have an extremely positive impact on your energy levels and your body.
38. Consume More Ginseng
Ginseng had active ingredients called ‘Ginsenosides’, which can improve your stamina and can help control low blood sugar.
39. Keep A Track Of The Caffeine
Quite a few of us have a hot mug of coffee to snap out of the laziness. Caffeine temporarily increases your body’s energy levels, followed by an immediate fall in the energy level, due to low blood sugars.
40. Soak Up Some Vitamin D
One simple way of gathering energy in your body is by soaking up some warm sun in the morning. It’s enriched with vitamin D and gives you energy. Make it a point to go out in the sun for sometime everyday.
41. Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B complex is a very important part of your diet. B complex helps in combating a lot of medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Chrone’s disease. It also helps in overcoming anxiety, depression and fatigue.
42. Practice A 10 Minute Power Nap:
A power nap is usually not more than 10 minutes. If you tend to get sluggish and tired after lunch then try having power naps. A power nap is a ten minute nap that helps in restoring your energy levels.
43. Avoid Negative Environments
Try your best to avoid any kind of negativity in your life. You can start by avoiding people who have a negative attitude or avoid negative conversations or thoughts. Keep yourself pre occupied with other things instead. It is a known fact that you tend to get affected by the people you spend time with.
44. Be Enthusiastic
It is important to be enthusiastic in everything you do. Always remember that there are better chances of you having a good day at work if you’re all excited and happy about it. This might sound a bit too simplistic, but going to work dreading the day ahead will definitely not boast your energy levels. Find something good about your work and focus on that.
Meditation has an immense impact on your mind and body. It’s a method by which you can combat anxiety and pressure thereby increasing your energy levels. This is a known, scientific fact yet so many people still don’t practice it.
46. Conserve Energy And Use It In The Right Places
A lot of times we subconsciously waste a lot of energy on things that don’t require attention in the first place. For example; arguing with someone, not only do you waste your energy over a conversation that you didn’t need to pursue in the first place, but you also get angry and crash your energy levels.
47. Drink 1 Glass Of Milk
Milk is a rich combination of all the nutrients, minerals, fats and proteins required by our body. In order to have a healthy diet, try drinking at least one glass of milk in the day.
48. Practice A Healthy Lifestyle
Much more than following extra tips from here and there, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle. You don’t need to be Einstein to figure out that you can be more energetic if you quit smoking, drink less frequently , eat healthy and sleep regularly.
49. Read Food Labels
Reading the food labels is a good habit that everyone should inculcate. It makes you conscious about what you’re eating, even if it’s a simple packet of chips or a bar of chocolate. This way you can keep a track of how many carbohydrates and fats you’re taking in.
When adrenalin is produced in the body due to certain situations, it needs to affect the secondary organs. In all the situations when the Adrenalin does not create an effect, it needs to be flushed out of the body. This requires many nutrients and high energy levels. Except for the situations when you need to be defensive or you need to attack, all the other times, adrenalin is bad for our bodies. Its stops digestion, increases heart beat and produces extremely high energy levels followed quickly by a drop in energy. This can happen when we are stressed out.
51. Stop Worrying
Easy to say, harder to do. A lot of people, especially women, tend to worry too much over the simplest things. Worrying over something is never useful; either you go and set things right and if you cant do so, then you might as well stop fretting over it. Worrying over petty things that can’t be helped just robs you of energy.
52. Control Your Temper
If you’re someone with a short temper who kicks off at the tiniest of the things then this one’s for you. Getting angry is a major energy drainer. Every time you lose your temper at somebody your energy levels drops suddenly. Practicing meditation daily can help with this or go to an anger management class.
53. Analize Your Energy Levels
Everyone has their energy highs and lows. For example if you’re someone used to attending meetings every alternate evening then your concentration is at an all time high around that time. Likewise, some people feel lethargic after having lunch, so this could be the low time on your energy chart. Analyze your day and find out when your energy levels are at their peak and when they’re at their lowest.
54. Don’t Be Monotonous
The same, monotonous routine can be very boring. This leads to lethargy and low energy levels. The alternative to this problem is to be spontaneous. Learn to be unconventional! Go out and do different things every now and then.
55. Yeast Infection
Get yourself checked for a yeast infection. The presence of a yeast infection can drastically lower your energy levels by attacking the immune system.
56. Fish Oil Supplements
Fish oil supplements are one of the most important ones, for the simple reason that they’re not usually present in our diet unless you eat a lot of fish. And these fish oils are essential in combating cardiovascular diseases. Fish oils also act as mood regulators. Most of the advantages of fish oils such as its ability to combat Alzheimer’s, high cholesterol, depression and anxiety can be attributed to the Omega 3 fatty acids present in it.
57. Get A Pet
Getting a pet is one of the easiest ways to unwind and get rid of the stress. A dog or a cat can help you unwind at the end of the day simply by petting them and feel the unconditional love that pets can give us.
58. Set Goals And Rewards
This is another simple way of increasing your energy and enthusiastic on an daily basis. Make a list of the things you need to finish or achieve, and set a deadline for each. Set a reward for each, this helps in finishing the job on time as well as feeling content on doing it.
59. Eat Plenty Of Berries
Berries are a rich source of vitamin C. They also contain small amounts of magnesium, potassium and other elements. Eating berries has a number of advantages such as; clear vision and helps in combating some types of cancer. It is also found that the darker the color of the berries, the more benefits they have.
60. Stop The Gossip
Gossip can increase energy levels, however the negativity can leave us feeling drained negating the peak we feel at the start of a gossiping session.
Aromatherapy is a simple method in which subtle sweet smelling substances are used to help you feel relaxed and calm. It’s a rejuvenating process that revives you from within.
62. Follow Your Body Clock
Maintain a regular time of going to bed and waking up. You body clock gets used to sleeping and waking up at a particular time. Changing this time can lead to a disturbed sleep which results in low energy levels and exhaustion.
63. More Fiber
Fiber is one of the most important components of our diet. It is filling and does not add calories and is a good food source for dieting. Soluble fiber is known to help in leveling out blood sugar.
64. Have Tea
Tea is a commonly consumed beverage with a number of advantages such as; anti-cancer properties and prevention of blood clotting. Tea is also an antioxidant and thus helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. Obviously, too much tea is not good for you but everything in moderation. Green teas, especially, are good for you.
65. Combat Stress
Completely removing stress from your life is an impossible task. So the best you can try to do is remove the major chunk of it. Analyze your life and spot the stressful areas, like a stressful relationship or your work etc. Now, think about the reasons why things are not working out correctly in all of these fields and try working on them to help you feel less stressed.
66. Prioritize Your To-Do List
It’s horrible to wake up in the morning and see a to-do list that is almost impossible to finish. This is a very demoralizing factor for the entire day, so make a ‘finish-able’ to-do list, something that you can finish comfortably. This will keep you more enthusiastic and help boost your energy to complete the tasks.
67. Treat Yourself To A Massage
Pampering yourself can be one of the best ways to feel revitalized and fresh. So the weekend’s coming up and your full body’s aching because of sitting in that one chair all the time. It’s time to treat yourself to a massage, either professionally or by your partner.
68. Eat Yoghurt
Yoghurt is very nutritious, with a lot of additional health benefits. It is delicious with fruits at the base and is extremely rich in calcium and protein. Yoghurt also helps in preventing Osteoporosis to some extent. It is highly rich in potassium, which improves the immune system. All this leads to increased energy levels over time.
69. Eat More Eggs
Eggs are a very good source of nutrition. Having eggs for breakfast is good as it is very rich in proteins, the perfect way to start a day. The protein makes you feel fuller and as a result you tend to eat less for lunch. Eggs are also a rich source of vitamin A and E, which are required for growth and protection against foreign bodies.
70. Switch Off The TV
TV is an energy drainer. Watching a lot of soaps lets you experience the emotions and turmoil that it’s characters are in, therefore draining you of energy. Try not watching soaps for 1 week and observe how much your energy levels rise in the evening.
71. Skip The Energy Drink
Energy drinks basically consist of large amount Caffeine that stimulates the brain with a feeling of extreme amount of energy. As a result, snapping out off the feeling of sluggishness and laziness. However this is just the induced feeling, and is nowhere related to the actual energy you have. These drinks maybe okay occasionally, however the other chemicals they have in them will make you feel less than energetic in the long run.
72. Get Enough Vitamin C
We’ve all heard the benefits of vitamin C to boost our immune system and keep the cold and flu away. It also helps to increase out energy levels.
73. Get Your Blood Pressure Checked
Low blood pressure is also called ‘hypotension’ and leads to a decreased rate in the functioning of the heart. Low blood pressure could be another reason for lack of energy and lack of concentration.
74. Go Nuts!
Nuts are very rich source of protein, vitamin E, phytonutrients and many other nutrients. They are also rich in soluble fiber. This makes them a healthy and a tasty source of nutrition.
75. Give Your Pet A Separate Bed
Most pet owners complain of disturbed sleep. Those people who sleep with their pets in the same room get disturbed at least 4 to 5 times in the night. Pets are known to cause disturbance while sleeping on the same bed. The first requirement of having good energy levels throughout the day is getting quality, undisturbed sleep for enough hours in the day. Yes it’s great having a pet, but not sleeping on the same bed as you.
76. Chia Seed
Chia seeds are very high it all kind of nutrients and minerals. Because of their gelling action they’re also used for dieting. They help in balancing blood sugar levels and helps in maintaining good energy levels throughout the day.
77. Do Pranayama
Whether you actually do yoga or not, a few postures or ‘aasans’ in yoga are an could be beneficial for you. One such exercise is the pranayama, it’s a breathing exercise which is usually done in the beginning of the day and whenever you need to calm down or relax. Although it’s easy enough It is better explained at this Pranayama site
78. Walk Barefoot
Simply walking around barefoot in the pristine beauty of nature can be a very energizing experience. You can simply walk in your backyard or the lawn in the garden or the warm sand on the beach or even when you go out to an exotic place for a vacation.
79. Clear Out The Clutter
In many cultures it is believed that positive energies don’t flow through clutter. So if you’re someone who believes in it then you should keep clearing your clutter from time to time. I am a firm believer in clean house, clean mind, so clearing out the clutter definitely increases mind energy.
A lot of people find praying helpful at various times throughout the day. If you don’t believe in God or have your own deity then pray to yourself, ask your self for forgiveness, ask yourself what you should do in your hour of need, ask yourself to give you strength.
81. Get Motivated
One of the best ways to feel energetic is to have goals and keep motivated to reach your goals.
Smiling is a very simple gesture that could mean many things all together. Beginning your day with a smile on your face creates a positive atmosphere. Be positive and begin on a good note. Smiling also improves your health and reduces your stress levels as well.
83. Lean Protein
Lean protein is a very important component of a healthy diet. It is also an excellent diet food source. It is very filling and adds no calories to your meal. Any kind of white meat is rich in lean protein, like; chicken and turkey. While selecting the white meat try to take the lightest shade of meat for the least amount of calories. Fish is also a rich source of lean protein.
84. Do Good Deeds
A lot of times you can feel very energized by doing good deeds without expecting anything in return. Like buying a small gift for someone you love or donating money or by simply helping someone when they need it.
Liquorice is very good herb for people who suffer from fatigue. It’s great for improving immune health. But make sure you consult your physician before you try Liquorice or any other herbs. If it’s recommended by the physician then you can have half a tablespoon of it everyday for about 2 months. However,Liquorice isn’t a tasty alternative so another herb that can be used in its place is Schisandra. Just like licorice it improves the immune system and helps people who suffer from fatigue. Both licorice and Schisandra are herbal alternatives in overcoming fatigue.
86. Passionate Living
The first and the foremost thing about living an energetic life is to feel that way about it. And the best way to do so is by doing what you love. It’s the simplest way of making yourself content from within and thus bringing out y0ur energy and the enthusiasm.
87. Do Things
The number 1 reason why people lack energy today is because they don’t do anything. Today’s lifestyle means we can be sitting in front of a computer screen all day and come home to a TV screen to unwind. The best alternative for this is to get up and start doing things and moving about in the office ore, going for a walk, go to the gym, anything that gets you moving.
Exercising is the ultimate way to have more energy and stamina. Every time you exercise you can actually feel an instantaneous change in your body. You can feel your muscles stronger and more efficient. This is because exercising gives immediate results.
89. Eat Dry Fruits
Dry fruits are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. They are usually easy to digest and clean your internal system. Dry fruits are a must have every morning, because they perk you up with all the essential vitamins, minerals, and acids. They’re also rich in protein and fiber.
90. Eat Bananas
Bananas are rich in calcium, potassium as well as carbohydrates. Calcium is required in our body for the development of bones and teeth and potassium is required by our body to maintain constant blood pressure. Carbohydrates are anyway the basic source of energy.
91. Water Therapy
Take a nice long shower and perhaps a scented shower gel. This will make you feel energized and fresh from within. It’s one of the simplest ways to rejuvenate yourself. The temperature of water is not crucial; however most people find better results with hot water, but I must admit to feeling much more awake with a cold shower.
92. Consume Less Salt
Too much salt can lead to many problems such as; high blood pressure and over eating. Consuming too much of salt can also make you dehydrated. Consume only the bare minimum amount of salt. Any amount in excess has ill effects. For example; with age, the sense of taste becomes very diluted as compared to what it was, as a result people start consuming more salt. More salt leads to a kind of sweet craving in your body which accounts for the increasing weight.
93. Check For Allergies
If you’ve suddenly started feeling lethargic and exhausted all the time, then it’s possible that you may have developed an allergy. Allergies are energy drainers and make your energy chart dip much lower than usual. It’s easy to get this checked at your local health store or pharmacy.
I find visualization a fantastic way to boost my energy. Visualize your day the way you want it to go, talk to the people you need to, make sales, get work done. This works on so many levels and is one of my favourite mind hacks.
95. Deal With It
Let’s face facts; you can’t always be buzzing with energy. All of us get tired and worn out at some or another. But if you’re at work, then there’s no alternative but to put up with it. Keep the tedious jobs for the time when your energy levels are high again. As of now, do something easy, that’s finishes in a small amount of time. This way you admit that your body has ups and downs. All you need to do is manage your time well. So remember, no one’s perfect. You have to accept your body’s ways and try to improve them in the long term.
96. Don’t Be Stuck To The Net
The internet is a fabtastic thing. But let’s accept that all of us have something better to do, unless our job is related to internet or computer work. Try and cut down on internet time. A lot of us have a habit of sitting online when there’s nothing better to do. Try and find other hobbies such as; gardening, reading, painting and many more.
97. Do Something Out-Of-The-Box
Do something totally different for a change. Try something that you haven’t thought of before, learn a new language, learn a new skill, anything that will keep your brain alive. If you do the same things day in day out your subconscious mind takes over and you stop thinking about the things you do. Mixing it up a little creates more mind energy.
98. Ask The Physician
If you feel that despite following a healthy lifestyle and good diet, your energy levels are still low, try consulting your doctor. There could be plenty of reasons for low energy levels and it’s worth getting it checked out.
99. Eat Brain Food
Some foods have a direct impact on the functioning of your brain. Make a list of all the brain food and have them regularly to help keep yourself attentive. Egg yolks, peanuts, cheese, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, meat, milk products, soy products, nuts, pasta and bread are a few examples of brain food. Eat adequate amount of omega 3 fatty acids.
100. Play A Competitive Sport
It’s important to play any sport that has healthy competition. There are many such sports like; squash, tennis, swimming, football, cricket, badminton and many more. Sports teach you how to work as a team and more importantly they teach you that the important part is participating and not just winning or losing. Apart from all these advantages, a sport builds a person’s stamina and energy levels.
101. Develop The Right Attitude
Having the right attitude in life is the key to an upbeat and enthusiastic life. Be positive about your work and your relationships. If you’re someone who despises their job, remember it’s only a temporary job and you want to do the best you can, for yourself. If you’re optimistic and wake up every morning with a little enthusiasm towards your work you’re sure to find the energy in you to keep your mind and body going.
There are many ways to gain more energy and I certainly wouldn’t advocate doing all 101 ways listed above, they are kind of like a pick ‘n’ mix: try different ways until you find the ones you like.
Your challenge: can you think of any more way to increase your energy?