Have you ever woken up feeling lazy and unmotivated most mornings? Have caffeinated drinks become a definite necessity to help you get going through the day? If this sounds exactly like your life right now, then it is time to finally ditch the quick fixes you depend on, and create a new management plan that focuses mainly on how you expend your energy. Getting started on a new routine may seem daunting at first, but soon you will be inspired to keep going once you get to experience the benefits of a happier, healthier and more productive lifestyle.
Energy is a limited resource, similar to money in a bank account. You start the day with a specific amount to spend, which of course varies from one person to another based on different factors such as age, sleep length, medical conditions, stress levels and overall lifestyle. Throughout your day, multiple activities (transactions) occur as you use up (withdraw) energy from and deposit energy into your account. While most of us may not usually have control over activities that deplete our energy, we can take steps to deposit more energy into our account.
Habits to Increase Energy for a Happier, Healthier and More Productive Life
Get regular exercise.
Do you seem to always find yourself feeling sluggish in the middle of the day? Have you ever felt like the wind got knocked out of you just by doing simple daily duties such as household chores or grocery shopping? Many sports and medical studies have shown that by just getting around 150 minutes of weekly activity can add to your energy account and not actually reduce it.
How does that happen? Exercise strengthens muscles, boosts endurance/stamina, and relieves pain and stress, all of which helps your body to work even more efficiently as you perform other physical activities or tasks.
Exercise effectively lowers your stress levels and at the same time makes you more resilient when faced with stress factors felt at work or at home. This website tells you more on how to rewire your stress response.
Keep company with good people.
Spend most of your time with people you enjoy being around. Spending time with others who exude positivity and have similar interests will energize and excite you. On the other hand, those who have a negative outlook in life, make poor choices, or always complain will only drain your energy account.
If you like interacting with others a lot, see if you can make a career out of it. Click here for job ideas best suited for people who love working with the public.
Simply being grateful can already make a big difference in your mood. Practicing gratitude is shown to have a significant impact on feelings of hope and happiness.
Begin each day by acknowledging one thing you are grateful for. You can do this before you get up in the morning or while you are brushing your teeth.
As you go about your daily activities, keep an eye out for pleasant things in your life. They can be big crucial things, such as getting a well-deserved promotion or knowing that your whole family is healthy and safe.
Of course, they can also be the simple little things in life, such as a pet who unconditionally loves you or a neighbor mowed your front lawn for free. Even just the simple thing of being able to wake up to a brand new day is reason enough to be grateful.
Click here to see what else in life are the key to happiness.