• 8 Easy Ways to Increase Your Energy

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    Energy is what we all strive to have!  We need energy to get out of bed in the morning and face the day before us, but many of us don't the energy we should.  There are many reasons why some people don't have any or very little energy.  The sad part is most of the time we don't have energy is self inflicted. We need to take care of our bodies and our health.  The article below will take you through 8 ways to increase your energy.  If you take back these 8 steps into your life, you will have a lot more energy!

    There are periods in our life that we feel tired and lack of energy. Does it sounds familiar to you? You may not necessarily feel the classic signs of exhaustion like all-over tired feeling. What you do experience is a decrease in your energy levels and a feeling that you don’t want to do many of the activities you used to love. You may also feel fatigued not only in the body but in your mind as well (psychological fatigue). The good news are that with several effective tips you can increase your energy naturally:

    1. Exercise

    I’ve chosen to start with the most ironic thing – how can you exercise if you don’t have energy? I know it sounds strange, but sometimes you need to invest energy in order to gain energy. Exercising, even when you don’t feel like doing it, increases blood circulation and oxygen, helps to dissolve stress which is known to drain our energy, and gives us a sense of achievements with positive work on our body. Do activities that you love, and diversify with different activities for a total body workout.

    2. Get enough sleep

    I’ve written in the past about the dangers of sleep deprivation. Getting enough sleep is essential for optimum body function. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Prepare your room for a good night sleep by making it dark and quiet. Also prepare yourself for a good night sleep: avoid stimuli like caffeine and alcohol and avoid exciting entertainment.

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     3. Work on your mind

    We spend a lot of energy about analyzing things from the past, while worrying too much about the future. This drains a lot of our energy. Instead, channel the energy to the present by living the moment and appreciating it. Set up long term goals to look forward to and that motivate you and build your enthusiasm. Have you noticed that when you are motivated you have a lot of energy? This is because you plan something that you are passionate and excited about. Follow your inner guidance to tell you when to rest or interact, and avoid people or situations that drain your energy, while focusing instead on relaxing regimes to relieve tension.

    4. Nutrition

    Eliminate from your diet high calorie and low nutrient foods. Avoid sugar, soft drinks, smoking and drugs, and feed your body nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses while making sure that you are well hydrated with at least 1 liter of water a day. Don’t eat heavy and late dinners and opt for a light dinner at least two hours before you go to sleep.

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