YOUR RESOURCE TO MORE ENERGY
Do you find yourself lacking energy despite getting ‘enough’ sleep? Do you constantly wonder why you feel so tired?
Discover how unconscious habits and unsuspected actions are draining your energy reserves. Learn how to holistically manipulate your personal energy levels and maintain them. Here, you’ll learn simple tricks and sustainable long-term approaches to lift your energy, boost your mood, and end your day with the calm contentment or calm Re-Set you deserve.
True vitality comes from a conscious connection to the mind, body and spirit.
We can optimise our energy intake through living as naturally as possible and avoiding toxicity. Toxicity impacts our energy levels and works across three areas: What we eat, How we move, How we think.
Our energy levels are often a barometer of our overall health, and here we’ve compiled ten energy zappers to monitor and take into account if you are aiming to increase your energy flow and feel at your best.
Read about the 10 Energy Zappers here
Our bodies function on the circadian rhythm which is naturally a 24 hour cycle.
In ancient times, before lights, lamps and clocks were invented, people followed the natural rhythm of the sun and moon, going to sleep when it was dark and allowing the light to wake them. The majority of the body’s physiological functions work in conjunction with the hours in the day.
Energy production > Energy restoration > Energy coherence
Our own internal clock has an impact on our metabolism, temperature and of course our energy levels. Our circadian clock is prompted by our external environment and nature – light and dark, hot and cold.
This keeps us synchronised with the outside world, however there are many cases where we are not in sync – if our working hours are through the night, if we stay up late, if we suffer from insomnia, if we are travelling through the night or if we power nap or fall asleep during the day.
Do you know about the Chinese Body Clock?
Also called the TCM Body Clock or Chinese Meridian Clock, this is formed on the basis that within our bodies, different meridians are predominant at different hours and it works in a regular cycle on repeat. Therefore, if you are experiencing symptoms at a particular time each day, in Chinese Medicine it is believed this corresponds to the meridian where the imbalance is.
Modern life has brought plenty of aggravators and enhancers to our internal clock.
Mobile phones and apps can offer infinite useful insight into our sleep patterns, productivity and to-do lists but they have also added a new layer of stress, distraction and artificial light that can wreak havoc with our internal clock and energy patterns. The light from our phones can trigger our ‘awake’ hormones at night time, making it difficult for our body to produce melatonin, which allows us to feel tired and indeed, fall asleep.
If we factor in our body’s natural clock, we can become experts of our own body clock, optimize and manage our own energy flow throughout the day.
Generally speaking, we are at our most energetic point of the day within a few hours of waking up, when we are most capable of actioning complex tasks and remembering information. Our body needs a circadian rhythm, some time to go into ‘relax’ mode before sleep and benefits from activities that help promote this; like bathing, drinking warm drinks and switching off the lights.
You can read more about the Energy clock in our article here.
You can top up energy levels naturally and sustainably by upping your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Packed full of nutrients, they nourish and detox your body and increasing vitality and provide the nutrients your mitochondria needs.
#2 Regular exercise
It has been proven to increase energy levels, boost our mood. Find an exercise you enjoy, it doesn’t need to be a chore. You will quickly start to notice the physical and mental benefits. Get up and move frequently to keep your energy nourished.
#3 Positive thinking
This increases energy hormones. The mind is incredibly adaptable. Training your mind with positive practices will change your mental landscape through a process called neuroplasticity.
#4 Self care
Taking care of yourself is key to feel energised. It comes in many forms, whether you have having a bath, reading a book or use some massage techniques – they all help de-stress and lift you up, both mood spirit and body feel better.
#1 GET THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS
Natural and raw food, anything that comes from the earth, provide sustained energy and nutrients.
Whereas processed foods -anything that has something done to it before it is ready for consumption- provide an instant hit of energy, but a load of unnecessary toxins, and then ultimately a crash as the energy depletes.
For example, energy drinks and supplements use addictive refined sugars and stimulants to provide energy spikes which drain reserves and tire organs.
Having a daily intake of fruits and vegetables is key to have energy and sustain it.
#2 EXERCISE TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY
When you move, you reduce the concentration of stress hormones.
According to the NHS, exercising regularly can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
When you exercise, stress hormones are broken down and processed out of the body. Your brain even incentivises exercise by producing feel good neurotransmitters (endorphins) which enhance physical recovery and mental relaxation, and help reduce stress levels.
Sitting causes a stagnation of energy: the nutrients don’t effectively circulate and our blood is not as oxygenated as it should be.
Get up and move about frequently to keep your energy nourished.
#3 Train your mind to Positive thinking
Thought patterns directly influence our mental energy and wellbeing. Start getting into a habit of thinking positive.
What is presented as ‘truth’ in response to what we see, hear of feel often stops us making changes or decisions. Our inhibitions often overrule, and we want to fit in or maintain the status quo. We can practise overcoming that fear and restraint, going with the flow and accepting change.
Did you know that you can train your mind to positive thinking?
The good news is that you can tune in to your intuition and allow the calmer mind to take control. How you respond to events impacts your health and energy levels.
To learn more, you can listen to our podcast on mental energy with our mindfulness coach here.
#4 Selfcare, a holistic approach
We function from the energy we fuel ourselves with.
This energy moves like circuits throughout our body, affecting our physical capacities, just as our spiritual energy shapes our mood and emotions.
When looking at our wellbeing and energy levels, it is imperative we are aware of not only our physical self, but our mental and spiritual self too. Many illnesses, imbalances and complaints occur from blockages in the body – often emotional ones – which in turn means that energy cannot flow freely through us, leaving us tense, fatigued or anxious.
Selfcare is simply taking time for yourself.
Read a book, to have a bath, to listen to music. It is also getting enough sleep. Try sleep at regular times and go to bed early enough. It’s important to have between 7-9 hours of sleep every day to restore our energy. More specific ways to generate energy within yourself: Daily body brushing, Aromatherapy, Massage, Reiki, Reflexology
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
What’s your #1 takeaway from this holistic approach to Energy?
We hope you have learnt a few techniques about how to reset your energy. This resource would not have been possible without meeting and speaking a broad range of wellbeing professionals.
Do you have a question for us? We’d love to hear from you. So go ahead and contact us.
Alternatively, here’s a link to our Energy Reset programs. If you want to learn more and apply it at home, then now it’s your turn.