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Habits to Increase Your Energy

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2018/11/16/increase-energy/

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Habits to Increase Your Energy
Energy, not time, is the basis for productivity. Having all the hours in the day won't help you if you're exhausted for most of it. Your habits define your energy levels. If you have good habits, you'll feel energized and be more resilient to burn out, both physically and mentally.

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Habits define your energy levels

Habits define your energy levels

Tine is not the basis for productivity. Energy is.

Having all the time in the world won’t help you if you’re exhausted for most of it. Having good habits help in keeping you energized and be more resilient to burn out, both physically and mentally.

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Sleep is the foundation of our energy

Poor sleep means you will start to underperform.

Research says 7-8 hours are pretty much mandatory if you’re going to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run.

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Napping benefits

Napping benefits

Even if it may feel lazy, napping has a range of cognitive benefits.

This is particularly true if you’re doing a lot of learning since the short burst of sleep can help with memory.

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Get your most important work done in the morning

Energy levels depend a lot on your mood. If you’ve got some important work done, your mood is usually good and you feel productive.

If you’ve wasted time on emails, meetings or calls, you’re often frustrated and exhausted entering the second half of the day.

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Exercise every day

Exercise every day

Exercise is a long-term investment in your energy levels. 

It’s easy to cut in the short-term, but over time you’ll reduce your overall fitness, making it harder to focus and stay alert throughout the day.

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Set your intention the day before

Set your intention the day before

Write your goals for the next day before you go to bed. This way, you'll waste no time deciding what to do next the following day and you'll keep the momentum going.

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Sell yourself on your goals

Sell yourself on your goals

Frame your goals in an exciting and motivating way, not just like something you "have to do".

Remind yourself why you're pursuing them, what inspires you and what you hope to achieve.

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Get better friends

Get better friends

If your conversations with your friends leave you feeling drained, then maybe it's time to make some changes.

You don't have to exclude friends who are going through temporarily rough times, but assess your relationships and be aware of who you spend your time with and the value this really brings to your life.

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Read better books

Read better books

The best books aren’t those that teach you facts, but those that subtly change your entire thinking patterns.

Just like a good song can be the background for a particular emotion, a good book can be the background for a particular energy of thinking.

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Align your life

Align your life

Take the time to identify the different conflicts in your life and find ways to solve them.

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Reduce Stress

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Move More

One study found that sedentary people with persistent, unexplained fatigue decreased their tiredness by around 65% just by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling.

Get up and move your body like brisk walking or cycling to boost your energy levels.

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Recharge yourself physically

  • Take a warm bath. Try using Epsom salt in your bath. 
  • Use an exfoliating scrub to help recharge your body by improving blood circulation.
  • Change your diet...

Recharge mentally

  • Make a list of your accomplishments
  • Let go of past mistakes
  • Do something fun
  • Take breaks from things and people that bring you down
  • Spend time with close friends and family
  • Meditate or pray
  • Avoid multitasking
  • Take a break from technology
  • Do something artsy
  • Write in a journal

Why people feel drained

Most likely, exhaustion is linked to:

  • too much or too little physical activity
  • jetlag or something else that confuses your circadian rhythm
  • insomnia or lack of sleep
  • medications such as antihistamines and cough medicine
  • poor eating habits
  • stress
  • trauma
  • drug or alcohol use

Get quality sleep

Get quality sleep

Sleeping is one of the most important things that you need so that your body won't feel exhausted on a daily basis. Try to sleep about 7-8 hours on a daily basis consistently.

Protein consumption and energy levels

If time allows, make yourself a decent breakfast like scrambled eggs or enjoy a fruit bowl. Consuming protein for breakfast allows your body to avert the inconsistent sugar level that would ultimately result to your body being more alert.

Having a proper diet is essential to having more energy that your body can consume, but having sugar for breakfast - muffins, cereal, or a doughnut - leads to a spike in blood sugar level which would make your body crave a nap.

Increase your energy levels by exercising

This may sound silly, but daily fatigue can actually be a way for your body to tell you that you need more stimulating activities.

Exercise raises your metabolism, boosts your mood and helps you sleep better at night. If hitting the gym ins't for you or doesn't fit in your schedule, a 20-minute brisk walk helps.