Finding a way to accomplish all the things that need to be done in any given day can seem impossible at times. Yet, some people seem to have an endless supply of energy, appearing to accomplish more than everyone else and somehow excel at everything they do. The truth is, they aren’t any different than anyone else, they’ve just learned how to increase their energy levels, sustain them and consistently use this to increase their success.
Increasing your energy level isn’t as hard as you may imagine and there are a variety of things you can do that can change your energy levels for the better and help you dramatically improve most facets of your life.
Make Sure You’re Well Rested
Sleep is necessary for a clear mind and healthy body. You may think that sleep gets in the way of accomplishing your goals, but it’s absolutely necessary. When you’re well rested, you will think more clearly, feel more energetic and have a healthier body. For even better results, you may want to try sleeping around 5 hours at night, with an hour nap during the day. (To find out what sleep deprivation can do to you, click here).
You Need Exercise, Daily
Dedicating just 20 or 30 minutes to exercise each day will have a significant impact on your energy levels. This daily increase in your activities will make your body feel more energized overall, and when you feel more energized you’ll generally accomplish more. (Click here to read about some other benefits of exercise).
Drink Enough Water, Every Single Day
Your body is made up of approximately 80 percent water. When your body isn’t properly hydrated, it doesn’t work very well and to put it bluntly – if your body isn’t functioning properly, neither are you. No single formula fits everyone, and studies have produced varying recommendations over the years. Generally speaking, the old advice, to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day isn’t that different from the more recent recommended minimum for optimal energy levels.
Consume High Energy Foods
You want to eat foods that burn energy, not store it. Limit high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread and potatoes and increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables. Lean meats, nuts and most fruits are great energy foods. If you love bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, opt for dark ones like brown rice, wheat bread and pasta and sweet potatoes. For best results , focus on fresh vegetables and fruits – the fresher, the better and choose organic whenever possible.
Supplement with a Multivitamin
Even if you believe you’re eating a really good diet, supplementing with a multivitamin helps to ensure you’re getting most, if not all of the vitamins you need. This is particularly important because vitamin deficiencies can cause a variety of physical and emotional issues, significantly impairing your energy levels and ability to think clearly.
Stimulate Your Brain
One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to read insightful books every day. Reading forces you to think outside the box and if you feel that you don’t have time to sit and read, don’t worry, you can always listen to an audio book while commuting or exercising as this has similar stimulating effects.
Check Your Attitude
A positive attitude is essential for optimal health and energy levels. If you see things in a positive way – especially if you can be resoundingly positive and optimistic consistently, this positive energy will flow into everything you do, every person you engage with and every project you take on.
Pay Attention to What You Say
When everything that comes from your lips is negative, the world around you responds in a negative manner. Always try to speak in a positive tone, using positive words. Even if you’re not feeling positive at the moment, the positive words in themselves will help you change your mindset – and thereby the situation.
Choose the People You Spend Time with Carefully
Unfortunately, some people are simply energy vampires. They suck all your energy away by being negative, complaining all the time and generally bringing you down. Select people that are positive and full of energy to be around you, as together you’ll resonate with one other and help each other level up in everything you pursue and do.
Reconnect with Your Spirituality
Take time to reconnect – try talking to your inner self, meditate or pray. When you connect to something greater than yourself, this brings you a greater level of personal fulfillment and puts insignificant distractions in life into perspective, aiding you in maximizing your energy levels throughout your day.