Imagine if you had more energy every day!
In this sleep-deprived, multi-tasking, 100-mph world, you probably crave ways to infuse a little more energy into each day. When you have a little extra time on Sunday, it’s the perfect opportunity to examine what’s draining your internal battery pack, and how to keep it continually charged.
Today’s 5 go-to rejuvenators are simple tips to have sustainable energy on tap and avoid fatigue.
Managing your energy is like managing your finances. Successful stress management involves monitoring your stress level and making daily deposits to your emotional energy reserves, by doing nurturing, rejuvenating activities.
When you’re feeling a bit drained, you can put energy back into your account by weeding out what doesn’t serve you, and saving energy for tasks that leave you feeling happy and fulfilled.
5 Go-To Rejuvenators…
“The 4-7-8 Breath” is a breathing style that can bring you into a relaxed state almost immediately. I learned the technique from Dr. Andrew Weil. Here’s how he explains the technique:
- Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound for a count of eight. This is one breath.
- Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
- Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.
Mindfully tune into the experience of your senses. Think back to the first time you experienced a particularly wonderful sensation. It could be your first kiss, your first snowfall, or the first time you smelled your baby’s skin. Those “firsts” remain vivid because their newness held you, kept you present, during the experience.
Things naturally become more noticeable if you slow them down. The simple act of washing your hands can be anything from a perfunctory splash-and-rinse to a luxurious ritual, depending on how fast or slow you do it. This is because, for an act to become sensual, you literally need to allow time for the processing of sensations. Take something as automatic as picking up a pencil to write. Do it slowly, giving your senses time to explore its color, weight, temperature, and texture—and this simple act becomes fascinating.
FOCUS ON YOUR “HAVES,” NOT YOUR “HAVE NOTS”
I love what Oprah said about gratitude, “I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.”Tune into your breath and notice the natural flow of the inhale and exhale. Don’t change your breath, simply observe it. Pay attention to where in your body you feel the breath… your throat? Chest? Belly? Nose? As you feel the sensations of the breath, think of three very small things you’re grateful for. Perhaps its the way the sunlight feels warm on your skin, or the smell of tea steeping on the table next to you.
Treat yourself to a warm bath and add relaxing Young Living essential oils (my favorite is lavender) to turn it into a spa treatment! A luxurious bath can feel like a luxury after a long day and help ease any aching muscles. You’ll feel relaxed, comforted and clean afterward! Add a drop of a calming essential oil to your wrist or in a diffuser. Here are some of my favorite Young Living essential oils for anxiety…
Lavender • Valerian • Jasmine • Bergamont • Basil• Chamomile • Rose • Ylang ylang • Clary sage • GeraniumOf course, stretching can relieve sore and stiff muscles, but it also improves your muscle function, reduces your risk of injury, and helps your body move in day-to-day life.
Incorporating stretching into your daily routine helps you gradually experience the maximum benefits that come from stretching, including…
- Opening and releasing tension in the upper back for better body alignment and posture
Elongating hamstrings and releasing hip flexors to reduce tightness in the lower back
Maintaining pliable and flexible muscles to keep you more active and pain-free during daily activities, sports, and walks
Releasing tension throughout the body for a better night’s sleep
Pairing breath with movement to relax your mind and achieve an overall sense of calm