It’s no secret that being a human in the 21st century demands considerable energy and effort. With the influence of social media, fashion and technology, life is moving at an accelerated rate! In this article, you will discover five ways to naturally boost your energy levels. These approaches will enable you to not only keep pace with the world’s rapid rhythm, but also remain fully engaged and present through the process.
1. Move Your Body
This may sound counter-intuitive, but moving your body can help you combat fatigue. Toni Golen, MD and Hope Ricciotti, MD of Harvard Women’s Health Watch say “Exercising also boosts oxygen circulation inside your body. This increase in oxygen not only supports the mitochondria's energy production, it allows your body to function better and to use its energy more efficiently.” So, next time you’re feeling that afternoon energy slump, try moving your body! Here’s a 5-minute Movement Flow by KiraGrace Warrior Ambassador Caitlyn Casson, to help you energize your body and mind.
2. Breathe Well
Your breath is a powerful tool that can help you energize, focus or relax. The breathing pattern described below will boost your energy levels. By inhaling twice longer than you exhale, you will stimulate your Sympathetic Nervous System and naturally elevate your energy levels.
How to Practice an Energizing Breathing Technique: Take a comfortable seat.
Soften your gaze.
Inhale while counting to 6.Exhale while counting to 3. Inhale 6 counts. Exhale 3 counts. Inhale 6. Exhale 3.
Repeat 10-20 cycles.
3. Make a High-Quality Connection (HQC)
We all know how much a friendly encounter at your morning coffee shop can positively impact your day or spoil your mood if you have a negative encounter. High quality connections are short-term, positive interactions between two individuals. HQCs can boost energy, immunity, cognitive performance, and collective psychological safety. Esther Perel’s story card game 'Where Do We Begin' is an excellent pathway to instigating high quality conversations.
4. Go For a Walk
Give yourself fresh air and sunshine and take notice of the often immediate effects on your energy level, mood and overall demeanor. Even if you can only spare 5-10 minutes, take it. A quick walking reset can help you feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day.
5. Sleep Hygiene
Ensuring a restful night of sleep is crucial for enhancing energy, alertness, and overall performance during the day. You can improve your sleep hygiene by aligning with your body's natural rhythm, maintaining a consistent wake-up and sleep schedule, adopting a well-balanced diet and regular physical activity, establishing a pre- sleep ritual, and creating a sacred sleeping environment.