7 THings I Do To INcrease My Energy
Energy is one of those things that no matter how much you have, you never seem to have enough.
Nobody likes the feeling of being tired and unmotivated, and believe me: I'm no exception. Luckily, even when your energy starts to crash, there are ways that you can hype yourself up to get more energy and be ready to take on whatever tasks you need to accomplish.
Some of the tips I’m going to give you are longer-term preventative things that you can do daily to keep yourself energetic. Most of them are things that you can do in the moment when you’re starting to feel your energy dropping.
1. Go Outside
I feel like my day hasn’t really started until I get outside. Something about going outside makes me feel more energetic. Usually, in the morning, I go on a walk or a run. I typically like to get outside for at least half an hour during the cold winter months, but more when the weather is warmer.
I know that during the winter it can be really hard to get outside (believe me, winters where I live are COLD) However, if you dress warm and move around, the coldness of winter isn’t so bad.
I know that it seems counter intuitive… doesn’t exercise just tire you out more? Believe me, I know the LAST thing you want to do when you're tired is exercise. But have you ever gone on a run and felt super energetic for the rest of the day? That what I'm talking about, the energy boost that you get from being active.
I enjoy doing pretty much all types of exercise, from sprinting to weightlifting to endurance running, and even walking and stretching. I really like looking up workouts online for when I don’t want to create my own. There are some really good ones out there that are both challenging and fun, and there are so many options to choose from! Not only do I enjoy conventional “working out,” but I also play volleyball at least three hours per week.
I find that exercising in the morning helps me to be more energetic (and in a better mood) throughout the day. However, I also like to go on evening walks, and sometimes exercising in the afternoon is the only way that it can fit in with my schedule.
One of the keys to staying consistent when exercising is doing something that you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be painful, and there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Here are some fun options:
This list is definitely not complete. These are only a few of the many possibilities out there. Don’t be afraid to try new things! Exercise can be a fun, energizing experience.
3. Get Enough Sleep
I find that not getting enough sleep kills my energy, so I make it a priority to get in bed on time and give myself plenty of time to sleep.
In general, I like to be sleeping at ten o’clock, especially on school nights. I think this is one of the simplest things that makes such a big difference in my life.
Once you start to notice how dramatically a good night’s sleep can impact your energy levels, you might find that you have the motivation to turn off the TV early and head to bed on time to get a good night’s sleep.
4. Get Excited
I literally can’t sleep if I’m excited. At ten o’clock at night, that’s not such a good thing.
But during the day when I don’t want to be sleeping, I find that this is a perfect way to get myself motivated and increase my energy.
Give yourself something to be excited about during the day so that you are excited, motivated, and energetic.
If you don't think you have something to be excited about, just be excited about the rest of your life :)
Everybody likes a good playlist of their favorite songs. Songs can make you feel sad, angry, happy, and, conveniently, ENERGETIC!! Make a hype-up playlist for the times when you just need a quick pick-me-up. It’ll help you get back the pep in your step. Listen to music in the morning, too, to get excited about your day!
6. Essential Oils
I use essential oils for my anxiety, but I also like to use them for energy!
Peppermint essential oil is my favorite pick-me-up for those afternoon energy slumps. Sometimes I even carry some peppermint essential oil with me when I go shopping!
Even though I find that smelling essential oils can be helpful, don’t expect it to be like drinking a cup of coffee, because I can assure you that you will be *very* disappointed by the results (I’m not doing a very good job of selling these essential oil things, am I?).
However, I will say that I’ve definitely noticed an effect and they’re an essential part of my week.
7. Know Your Limits
One of the things that’s important is knowing your limits. Know when you need to take a break, chill out for a second, go on a walk, take a nap, go to bed, eat a snack… whatever it is you need to do, don’t push yourself too hard so that you can have balanced energy and keep feeling good.
In terms of homework, this used to be a struggle for me. I used to stay up late doing homework, not letting myself prioritize sleep and rest. Now, I live by my own philosophy: There is nothing past ten that’s worth staying up for.
Obviously, there are exceptions, but I find that for me, homework rarely makes it onto the exception list because I know how important sleep is to me.
Know when to go, but also know when to stop.
Believe me, I know how much it sucks not to have energy and to feel groggy throughout the day!
Luckily, there are solutions other than coffee… not that I have anything against coffee! I love coffee and drink it almost every day (black decaf).
However, the caffeinated stuff makes me feel SUPER JITTERY, and it keeps me up if I drink it too late in the day, so I usually try to fall back on these alternatives instead! (One time I made the mistake of drinking coffee right before a 7:00 pm basketball game… let’s just say I did not sleep well that night!)
Have an energetic and productive rest of your day :)