Just about everything we do and think can have an impact on our energy levels – as a positive or negative. It’s human nature to gravitate towards the negative side of things, so I’m going to quickly address the things that can suck our energy levels. You more than likely know these, but sometimes it’s helpful to “be told” by someone other than your mother (or wife) that you do have more control over your energy than you realize.
Stress | Negativity | Complaining
Worry | Grudges | Gossip | Grief
Reminiscing | Overthinking
Overworking | Procrastination
Poor Diet | Excessive Alcohol | Smoking
If you’re struggling in one or more of these energy suckers, chances are we can develop a protocol of natural solution products and a healthy self-care routine to help you take the control back on those energy level sucking activities or thoughts.
Don’t beat yourself up if you check more than one box in the energy level sucker category though. It happens, TO ALL OF US, from time to time! When you can be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling and about the actions you can take that will cause a shift in the direction you’re aiming for, that’s the first step. Now let’s take a look at some of the things we can do to provide us with more energy. My guess is you’re doing most of these too, so consider the ratio in which you’re doing them and, of course, be honest with yourself if and where you can do better.
Hydration | Nutritious, Colorful Diet | Supplementation
Exercise | Outdoors/Sunshine | Sleep
Productivity | Positive Thinking | Dreaming
Relationships | Playing | Vacations
Let’s dive a little deeper with some of these energy givers and see how we can easily manage them.
HYDRATION – Most, as in more than 50%, of Americans are chronically dehydrated, so that means there’s a good change that you can increase your water intake too. The goal is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. If this task seems daunting start by adding one 8-12oz glass of water to your day. If you’re not doing so already, I highly recommend preparing a glass of water the night before and putting in by your bed and downing it before you even get your day started. Remember you don’t want to become dehydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue, memory issues, irritability, and so much more.
NUTRITIOUS, COLORFUL DIET & SUPPLEMENTATION – these two go hand in hand. Sadly, even if we ate the perfect well-balanced diet for every single meal, we still wouldn’t be able to provide our bodies with enough of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that we need to function properly. It’s important that you supplement our Western diets in the areas we’re lacking – typically calcium, potassium, fiber, and our ABCDE’s (Vitamin A, B, C, D and E). I greyed out Vitamin B because our Western diets lend itself to getting plenty of it: eggs, red meat, chicken, fish and dairy.
Make sure you’re getting your supplements from a trusted source, by that I mean you know where the ingredients come from, the quality and dosing is appropriate, and they’ve been tested and vetted to work to bring your body into homeostasis. Oh, and if nothing else, make sure they are WHOLE FOOD FORM. I've got some great ones for you to try. doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Park® for overall health and wellness - you know providing our bodies with all the stuff we're not getting through our diets, and Mito2Max® Energy & Stamina Complex.
EXERCISE – We all know that to be and maintain our health it requires us to be active. Exercise can look different for everyone, so my biggest advice is stop comparing yourself to others and find an activity that you enjoy. You want it to be and feel more empowering than like a chore. Consider taking a walk outside with a friend to catch up, go swimming, going on a bike ride with the kiddos, quick stretches throughout the day, or play a sport. The list really is endless, pick the activity and then put it on your calendar to ensure it happens.
– I know this can be an elusive idea for some. If you don’t have any sleep issues kudos to you! I’m in that category now, but had insomnia over two decades, so I complete understand ALL the issues that come with lack of sleep. I’ve done full blog posts on this, so I won’t dive too deep here, but reach out
to me if you’re struggling, I’m confident I can help you. A few key pointers: create a bedtime routine, your diet has a lot to do with this too, and use your essential oils and other natural solution tools!
Speaking of essential oils… let’s talk about what essential oils are helpful when it comes to energy.
When you’re looking for a natural energy boost there are numerous essential oils that can help, and unlike caffeine oils don’t have any negative side effects. The shortest answer I can give you without listing a bunch of them out is citrus and mints. Both citrus and mint essential oils contain monoterpenes, which are well known for their uplifting and energizing properties. If you want to learn how to use essential oils and other natural solutions to increase your energy check out the post I did back in 2019 with an free energy protocol download: Boost Your Energy Naturally
Here are just a few of my favorites essential oils to boost your energy along with some recipes: Energy Boost, Invigorating Blast, and Mid-Afternoon Slump Buster. The Mid-Afternoon Slump Buster is probably my #1, but to make things even more simple, plus fast-n-easy, put a drop or two of each in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and take several deep inhales. Then, wipe any residual aroma on the back of your neck.
Energy balls are great! They're perfect for a grab-and-go snack. They're healthy. They're easy to make with no baking required. They're everyone friendly. They're customizable to your families preferences. They're delicious! So, I can't leave you today without sharing a easy energy balls recipe with you. And my energy balls recipe has essential oils in it, so that's a double win in that you're reaping a multitude of health benefits from the added oils.
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