Boost your energy naturally
Healing our energy crisis
No, I’m not referring to our environmental energy crisis, I’m talking about the lack of energy we ladies regularly feel. We are busy people! If you’re a mom, it can be even worse. Boost your energy naturally with these quick and easy remedies.
I don’t know about you, but even though my kids are a little older now, they still seem to need me constantly (yes, even when I’m in the bathroom – nope this habit doesn’t get any better with age!). And if you’re the mama of little ones under 5, you’re guaranteed to be pulled in all directions daily and probably pretty sleep deprived. Not to mention all the other obligations you must attend to! Such is the life of a mom.
Many of us reach for a cup of coffee each morning to jumpstart our internal batteries just so we can keep our eyes open, only to once again feel depleted by the afternoon. Are there other natural ways to boost your energy and feel more energized that don’t involve caffeine? Yes!
Our first defense against this energy crisis, of course, should be to take a look at our lifestyle and rule out any health problems. Are we getting enough sleep each night? Are we hydrated? Do we have issues with adrenal fatigue, our thyroid function, hormone or gut imbalances? All these areas will affect our energy levels.
Until you get the root cause sorted out, here are 15 simple ways to get relief instantly and feel more energetic in minutes.
15 ways to have more energy naturally
Finish your shower with cold water
I know, it doesn’t sound enticing, especially in the winter. But doing so stimulates and tones the vagus nerve. Our vagus nerve is a cranial nerve, the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system. It connects to the heart, lungs and digestive system and controls the balance of your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
A toned vagus nerve will help us to feel more relaxed and centered. Stress can be a huge part of why we’re feeling fatigued. By calming this nerve we can balance our energy levels so that precious energy is not being wasted on stress and worry.
Get into downward dog
Downward dog is an easy yoga pose anyone can do. Getting into this pose places your head in an inverted position which sends a rush of oxygen-rich blood to your brain. More oxygen to our brain means more energy!
Try alternate nostril breathing
Alternate nostril breathing is performed much like it sounds. You plug one nostril while taking several quick inward breaths through the other, then unplug, plug the other side and release your breath. Repeat several times. (You can find videos on Youtube demonstrating how this done.)
This practice helps balance both hemispheres of the brain, is very grounding, and gently purifies the body by increasing oxygen levels. Increased oxygen equals more energy!
I get it, the last thing you feel like doing is exercise when your feet are dragging. But moving your body will increase the oxygen in your blood, boost endorphins, and relieve stress helping you to feel more awake and alert.
Try the 10-minute rule. Get up and move for at least 10 minutes (bonus points if it’s outside). If you can just get started, chances are you’ll want to keep going. Regular exercise also improves our quality of sleep.
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Go outside and lay on the ground
Ok, before you click away thinking I’m a crazy person or trying to get you to participate in some cult ritual, hear me out!
Technology such as TVs, cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices constantly bombarded us with positive ions from their electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Ions are invisible charged particles in the air which carry an electric charge, either positive or negative. (In the case of ions, positive doesn’t mean good and negative doesn’t mean bad.)
Positive ions are molecules that have lost one or more electrons and can be harmful to the body when exposure is too high. Too many positive ions in our environment can impair brain function and suppress the immune system leading us to experience anxiety, fatigue, headaches, irritability, lack of energy and poor mental performance.
Negative ions, however, are oxygen-rich atoms which are found abundantly in nature. They can neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism, enhance immune function and balance the autonomic nervous system.
By laying on the ground, you directly absorb these negative ions and neutralize the positive ions in your system (this practice is also called grounding or earthing) leaving you feeling lighter and more energetic.
If it’s winter and you can’t get outside, use a Himalayan salt lamp which emits negative ions and neutralizes positive ions. Having many plants around your home can also help achieve a balance between the negative and positive ions in your home.
Just these simple tweaks can help boost your energy naturally without you doing anything!
Eat some fat and protein
When you’re low on energy the temptation is to reach for something high in carbs, sugar or caffeine, like another cup of coffee, a candy bar or a piece of bread. Of course, this won’t do anything but spike your blood sugar and give you a quick, short-lived burst of energy, only to leave you dragging and depleted soon after.
Instead, reach for a handful of almonds or other nuts, half an avocado, a boiled egg or a piece of chicken or turkey. Healthy fats and proteins will give you sustained energy.
Splash your face with cold water
If you’ve already taken a shower and are halfway through your day, this works in the same way as finishing your shower with cold water. It can help give you an instant energy boost.
Try a breathing technique
Most of us are chronic shallow chest breathers. We take itty bitty short breaths that only fill up our chest cavity. The result is that we aren’t getting enough oxygen flowing through our bodies which leaves us feeling sluggish.
So stop what you’re doing (yes, right now!) and pay attention to your breath. Is it shallow? Quick? All in your chest?
Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Exhale completely through your mouth. Inhale through your nose for a count of 4, focusing on filling your abdominal area first and then your chest. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Exhale completely through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat at least 3 times.
This is a fabulously easy and quick technique to de-stress and boost your energy naturally in seconds!
Directly inhale or diffuse peppermint or citrus essential oils
Citrus oils (such as lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit) and peppermint oil increase oxygen to the brain. (I don’t know about you, but I’m noticing a pattern here with oxygen’s impact on our energy levels…). Try dabbing on your wrists in the morning or when you feel yourself dragging.
Drink more water
Dehydration will make you feel lethargic. Aim to drink 1/2 an ounce of water per pound you weight daily. It’s also best to spread out your water intake throughout the day rather than downing it all at once a couple times a day. In this way, you get a steady stream of hydration and energy.
Tap on a pressure point
Pressure point GV-26, located on the upper lip below the nose, accesses two important cranial nerves which carry signals back to the brain stem in areas that are rich with autonomic nervous system activity. The effect is an immediate boost of alertness. Press or tap on this point for benefits.
Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, yet most people are deficient in this vital nutrient. We need at least 300-350 mg per day. You can take this as a powered supplement or get it from whole foods. Cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, and fish are good sources of magnesium.
Turn on some music
Music can have an incredible effect on our mood, memory and cognitive abilities. It’s a simple but often overlooked way to boost your energy naturally. So pick something upbeat and energetic and get moving!
Drink vegetable juice or a smoothie
It’s possible we’re feeling sluggish because our bodies are crying out for nutrition! Juices and smoothies (preferably homemade and fresh so they have the greatest abundance of viable enzymes) are easy to digest and provide a quickly assimilated source of nutrients. Giving our digestive system a mini-break will also free up the energy usually spent on digestion for other bodily functions – like keeping your eyelids open 😉
Our obsession with being constantly plugged into social media, our emails, and our work can be incredibly draining on our psyche. Take a digital detox for the rest of the day, or heck even for a week! Center yourself, think your OWN thoughts, talk face to face with your loved ones, write in a journal or indulge in a hobby you’ve been neglecting. I guarantee you’ll feel less hassled and more energetic.
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Pick up to 3 tips here and implement them the next time you’re feeling exhausted.
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Hi! I’m Liane, a self-proclaimed ‘scrunchy mom’ (as in semi-crunchy). I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. My aim is to inspire you on your healthy living journey by sharing simple, everyday habits that can transform your well-being and life.