Having an “energy crisis?” Want to feel “peppier” and more alive during the course of your day? If you’re in search of an energy boost, consider implementing these 7 recommendations over the next few weeks:
1. Sleep in the dark. Light interferes with sleep; it inhibits the secretion of the hormone melatonin. This “re-sets” your biological clock to a state of wakefulness, something you definitely don’t want during the middle of the night. It’s very important to keep your bedroom as dark as possible to ensure full cycles of sleep. If your room isn’t pitch black, use a sleeping mask. Trust me (as a person who used to suffer from chronic insomnia) you’ll only function at your best when you have logged in a full night’s restful sleep.
2. Eat a good amount of “brain food.” Roughly 50% of your brain’s overall mass is pure fat, which is used as insulation for its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a brain cell, the quicker it sends messages and the faster and more efficient thinking will be. Eating foods with a mix of healthy fats is essential for energy and productivity. Fish (wild salmon, mackerel, and anchovies) and dark leafy green vegetables are excellent choices.
3. Stretch. Regular stretching does more than just keep your muscles and tendons healthy; it also keeps your brain’s arteries open and unclogged. Your brain accounts for 15% of your body’s blood flow (while being only 2% of its overall weight). Maintaining a free flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and central nervous system is an excellent way to create more vigor in your life!
4. Plan a vacation. Consistently having positive, fun, uplifting life events to look forward to is a great way to increase your vitality over the long term. Planning a really great vacation will motivate you to be all the more productive!
5. Eat your biggest meal at breakfast. A great way to pamper your body and increase energy is to get in the habit of eating your bigger meal at breakfast. Your digestion is much more active during the morning, allowing your body to use food for energy more effectively. At night, your body naturally begins to slow down and it is harder to digest.
6. Say “Thank You” 50 times a day! An “attitude of gratitude” yields energy. Every night before you go to bed, spend 5 minutes saying thank you out loud for all the experiences you had during the day: the people you interacted with, the work you accomplished, the food you ate, etc… As you do this, really try and feel the gratitude emanate from within. This is a wonderful practice for increasing productivity!
7. Implement at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 4 times a week. Getting a sufficient “cardio” workout increases your body’s ability to get oxygen to your cells efficiently; this lowers blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and decreases body fat. These are absolute necessities for increasing productivity and a staple in the lifestyle of almost every high-energy person.
Want more energy on a daily basis? Adopt any one or all of these strategies into your daily lifestyle and notice for yourself the positive results you’ll start enjoying in a short time!
Dr. Bob Harris is a traditional naturopathic doctor (N.D.), personal performance coach and the author of the short report, “How to Have Instant Energy!” He specializes in the rapid, safe, and effective elimination of sports and performance “blocks,” phobias, and panic disorders. To sign up for our free, monthly health and wellness newsletter, please visit: http://www.DoctorBobHarris.com today.
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