Think this is about the fate of the country’s energy crisis? No, not quite. It’s about your personal energy crisis. Learning to balance your personal energy greatly increases your happy factor and improves your quality of life.
Suppose all the energy that you have were compared to water in a pitcher. With each task, errand and little doo-dad on your “to do” list, your energy pitcher would run dry. What happens when the water runs out? It needs to be filled again.
How do you do it? Of course, I thought you’d never ask. 🙂
Here are three tips for refueling your energy.
We all need to eat energy-giving meals at regular intervals. Our bodies depend upon our conscious choices to refuel it properly. Bad choices could lead to bad consequences.
Think of a car. With no fuel in it, the car would definitely not run. If the wrong kind of fuel were put into the tank, it may still run, but not optimally. In the long run, this abuse to a vehicle will probably cause long-term damage to its system.
The same is true for your body. Skipping meals is like not putting fuel into your tank. Doing so often results in lethargy, an inability to concentrate and moodiness. (Not that this Happy Balance Girl would know.) It may also lead a person to go into “starvation mode.” In this mode, an individual may want to gorge once eating is resumed and the amount of calories ingested could far exceed healthy amounts.
In light of this, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner is crucial. Healthful snacks in between will help to stave off the “starvation mode” factor and an individual may be a greater happy camper all around.
Choose foods that are high in vitamins, in antioxidants and in fiber. Great options are fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans and other foods in a more natural state. Eating foods that are more nutrient-rich is like the difference between filling a car with a high-grade fuel as opposed to a low-grade fuel into a tank.
Your body is worth it.
In addition to fueling your body with the right kind of food, we also want to consider…
The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per day. Is that what you’re getting?
I sometimes get so involved with super important things at night (such as the television) that I don’t recognize how late it is. I will often go to bed at around midnight, only to get up at 5am. Sure, five hours of sleep may seem like a lot to some people, but statistics show that people who get less than 7 hours of sleep are at a higher rate for developing a numerous amount of health issues. How do I overcome this?
How about an alarm clock? We often set an alarm clock for waking up. Why not set your alarm to remind you to go to bed on time? Then, decide that no matter what television show you are in the middle of, you will absolutely go to bed at that time.Also be sure that your place of slumber is truly comfortable, free from distractions and perfect for your dreamland visit.
In addition to getting the proper amount of rest, we may also focus on…
What do you do for fun? Do you call your best friend and talk for hours? Do you go hiking? Do you workout? (Or maybe you love to read really cool blogs about recreation??? 😉
While I do a lot of these things, I am particularly a fan of laughing. Numerous studies have shown that laughing is healthy for relieving stress and for overall health. I love to put on a funny chick flick and get lost in the world of laughing and fun. Somehow, the world seems much more beautiful, my challenges seem more approachable and I go tiptoeing through the tulips after the video is done. (Well, we don’t really have any tulips in my area, but it sure sounds like fun.)
Make a list of fun things to do and just do it. Don’t have time, you say? Schedule it in. When we schedule it in, it becomes a priority in our day. With having fun in life, our energy levels may be replenished. So, find a way to replenish your energy with recreation.
Overall, when we find ways to replenish our energy through food, rest and recreation, our pitchers will be filled, making for a greater quality of life.
Are you worth it? Yes! You definitely are!
So, as I make my exit to go grab a fruit, my Sweet Friend, have a magnificently energetic day!
The Happy Balance Girl
Copyright 2011-2012 by Stacey Shimabukuro-Lui. All rights reserved.