Most clients, especially those with kids and/or a stressful job, would like to have more energy throughout their day. Unfortunately getting more sleep is just not enough to refill your own personal battery for the day. More sleep is not enough, it is about having harmony within your energy. Thinking about energy as something more dynamic and alive means that "getting more of it" is a matter of having the tools to tap into that dynamic alive energy.
We all have our own unique flow of energy that courses through our body (and makes up our body); and we have energy patterns that surround us. Learning how to create harmony and feed a healthy flow of energy is both body (physiological) and mind (mental/spiritual/emotion). Therefore, the tips below address all of these components. I suggest picking one or two tips and integrating them into your daily or weekly routine for 2-4 weeks, and then pick another one to integrate, and so on. These tips are not about quick results, but about giving yourself the building blocks you need to have a healthier energy flow. Although most of us naturally accept the fact that our energy decreases with age, it is time for us to realize that it is not that it "decreases," but that it shifts overtime. The more we learn about the dynamics of energy, the more we can energize our day-to-day lives.
1. Eat a well-rounded breakfast that is high in fruits and vegetables, along with a healthy protein and fat source (Example: fruit bowl & hard boiled egg)
2. Drink one glass of water when you wake up in the morning, and drink water consistently throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and excessive caffeine. I also recommend adding slices of fruit to your water (i.e. lemon, lime, orange).
3. Breathe . If you have not noticed I am a huge advocate for people to have healthier breathing patterns. For one week pay attention to your breathing, such as when you hold your breath, and when you find yourself holding your breath or taking shallow breaths, take two deep breaths. Breathing gets oxygen to all of you and moves "Qi," which is energy.
4. To prevent those sluggish mid-afternoons try the following: Eat a light snack (i.e. apple with peanut butter), meditate for 5-30 minutes, and/or exercise (i.e. 10-minute brisk walk)
5. Stay active. It is statistically proven that most of us are too sedentary. Everyday incorporate exercise: squats , lunges, bridges, planks, jumping jacks, marching in place and so. Adding in one of these exercises into your day once every hour for 30-90 seconds is a small commitment for the benefits of an energy boost.
6. Three thumps on K27 - these are energy points just below where your clavicle (collarbone) meets the sternum (breastbone). Thumb them three times to help your energy.
7. Perform the Cross Crawl - this is like an exaggerated march. Perform for 1-3 minutes to help harmonize energy.
8. Perform a short visualizations to reduce stress, body tension and to help re-focus. Examples: Close your eyes and imagine yourself in comfortable chair, which could be located on the beach, by a fire, or looking out at a mountain. Utilize all your senses: feeling the wind and/or sun on your skin; smelling the ocean, smoke or pine trees; and hearing the waves, crackling of the fire, or birds chirping. Take this all in and do nothing else. You are not thinking about work, the kids, or what you should be doing. Slowly feel or sense your body relax. I would recommend doing this visualization 1-3 times a day for 3-10 minutes. To finish and pull yourself out of the visualization take 3-5 deep breaths.
These energizing techniques are not only about balancing your energy. They will help you to mentally focus and release that tension in your body (i.e. neck and shoulders) that has for too long taken up residence. Incorporating these tips into your lifestyle will help to improve your overall well-being.