Most people I know would love to have some magic pill or spiffy drink that would give them immediate everlasting energy. Those things are out there; coffee, caffeine pills, energy drinks, etc. Unfortunately, they are not everlasting, and they do not treat the underlying problem! Instead of a quick-fix, here are some healthy changes you can make to eliminate the need for a “magic pill!”
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine: The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar spikes and crashes, making mood swings more frequent.
- Drink water: (I know this is shocking, given that I mention it ever other post!) Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Before you go to sugar or caffeine, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens. (FYI: Soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.)
- Eat dark leafy green vegetables: Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal and refreshing, vital energy. Greens are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit,
purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula and dandelion greens are some of the many to choose from.
- Use gentle sweets: Avoid sugar and chemicalized artificial sweeteners. Instead, use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots and beets.
- Get physical activity: Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga—start with 10 minutes a day and increase your time and effort.
- Get more sleep and rest and relaxation: When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late, waking up early, for months and years on end. If it is absolutely impossible, and you have no control over you schedule, try to at least have a consistent sleep schedule, preferably sleeping sometime between the hours of 10pm-6am.
- Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat: Eating too much meat, dairy, chicken and eggs can lead to low energy. So can eating too little! Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.
- Take time for yourself: Find activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a museum, a movie or whatever you enjoy, and schedule a weekly date with yourself to do these things!
- Get in touch with your spirituality and/or nature: We are spiritual beings in a physical world. Find ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it meditating, dancing, drawing, church, temple or being in nature.
- Get rid of relationships that drain you: People can drain you of your energy more than most anything else. It doesn’t mean that these people are bad, but it is good to notice who drains you and why. See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries, or end the relationship.
If all else fails, move to Thailand for half a year and get a daily $5 massage!