If there is ever a zombie apocalypse I'm hiding. Not from the zombies, but from the hunters! More than not,I look and feel like a zombie. I have subscriptions to 20+ magazines and most of them tell me about how to get energy, but I'm too tired to read them all. I did flip through some though and came up with a list. I love lists. I am lost without lists. Maybe if I compile a list of how to get/maintain energy I'll follow it. Stick to it, probably not, but follow for a while, yes. Until I get tired again. Anyway.. So here is a list of 10 (some are DUH!) ways to get and hold tight to energy. (No specific order.)
1. Clear the Clutter
Whether it’s paper, an overloaded email inbox, or lots of stuff in your house that you don’t use, clutter can drain you and zap your energy. How many times have you looked at your cluttered bedroom and automatically yawned? Doesn't a nice nap seem more appealing that straightening up that mess?
2. Stop worrying
We can waste precious amounts of time, energy, and thought worrying. And how much of the time do the things we worry about actual come to pass?
Instead of letting yourself just go round and round fretting, redirect that energy into something positive. Try to pour that time and wasted energy into something more productive: reading, writing, exercising, listening to an audiobook, or whatever makes you happy.
3. Set Goals
Goals make you feel inspired, motivated, & driven. Goals give you momentum, passion for life, and a reason to wake up every morning excited about what lies ahead of you. Excitement gives you energy. It makes me bounce off the walls! Don't over do it though. It might have a reverse effect. (A desk filled with lists of goals!)
Note: Good goals need to be specific, measurable, and realistic. Break them down into simple bite-sized pieces. It makes them much more manageable and doable — and you'll usually end up following through with more of them that way.
4. Make the Most of Your Mornings
What you do in the first two hours of your morning sets the tone for your whole day.
If you drag yourself out of bed after hitting the snooze button several times, turn on your laptop or phone and waste 30 or more minutes trying to wake yourself up, you’re not setting yourself up for a day of success.
Think about five things you’d really like to do in the morning, write them down, then commit to getting up and doing them every single morning for the next three weeks.
It will be hard to follow your "five things morning routine" at first, but stick with it and it will pay off.
5. Go To Bed Early
If you’re a night owl, you’re already shaking your head and skipping over this one. It may not work for you, but it wont hurt to try.
If you can at all help it: go to bed when you first start to feel drowsy. Don’t wait for your second wind to kick in. Just go to bed — you’ll be glad you did!
6. Eat Well!
Food is your body’s fuel. If you’re mainly fueling yourself with donuts, candy bars, and carbonated beverages, that is probably the reason you’re feeling lethargic.
7. Take Vitamins
I encourage you to try to take a high-quality multi-vitamin for three months and see if you feel any difference. If you don’t, at least you know you’re not hurting anything to be getting some extra vitamins and minerals.
8. Drink More Water (This one is going to be hard for me)
Most of us suffer from dehydration, whether we know it or not. Make sure you’re drinking at least 64 to 80 ounces of water each day. If you think you’re currently drinking that much, track your water intake each day for two weeks. You might be surprised to realize you don’t drink as much as you think you do!
9. Exercise (This one will be harder than drinking lots of water)
Exercise will refresh you, it will help you shed excess pounds that can be zapping your energy, and it will probably help you be more alert and focused. Plus, as a side benefit, it will likely help you sleep better at night!
10. Make Sleep a Priority
It’s hard to get sleep when you're mind is racing. Just relaxing can be hard if you feel you have a hundred other things you feel you should be doing.
However, if you don’t take the time to rest, you’ll constantly be running on fumes. Rearrange your schedule, turn off your laptop and cellphone, do relaxing things before bed, go to bed early (if at all possible), take a 30-minute nap in the afternoon, or do whatever else it takes to make sure you are getting good sleep at least 5-6 nights each week
Don’t know whether you’re getting enough sleep? I’ve heard that a good barometer is to see if you’re tired at all midday or afternoon. If you are, you aren’t getting enough sleep at night. Keep extending your sleep at night by 15 to 30 minutes until you no longer feel tired in the afternoon.
Ok so there is my list. I'm going to print out a shorter version and see how long I can stick to it. Wish me luck!