In the Oxford dictionary, the term vitality means; the state of being strong and active. If you need a triple shot of coffee to get out of bed in the morning, it’s definitely time for a change! If you’re feeling a constant lack of energy, it’s always best to get to the root of the issue – whether you do so by internal investigation and making lifestyle adjustments accordingly, or by seeking support from a health practitioner.
Creating the intention to get to the root of your exhaustion allows you to truly find solutions that will support your body with healthy energy levels.
But why invest time into making sure that you’ve got optimal energy? Well, lacking the proper fuel, tools and rituals needed for healthy energy levels leaves our bodies feeling weak, lethargic, and unmotivated. Additionally, you are way more likely to set goals and follow through with them if you have more energy, so knowing what gives you that source of vitality is key to success.
So here are some tips to get your vitality back on track…
Add greens to your plate
Adding a side of mixed greens (think: baby spinach, kale etc) to your plate gives your digestive tract the help it needs to break down your lunch. Live foods, like fresh greens, have natural enzymes that break the food down for you. When you digest greens, your body only does half of the work, taking up less of your energy than it would digesting heavier, cooked foods. If you have a hard time incorporating greens into your diet, you can also sneak a handful into a fruit smoothie. By simply doing this, both your mind and body will start associating the greens with the energy increase you experience, and building this healthy habit becomes easier. Your body may even naturally start to crave them!
Exercise and energy are almost synonym, unless it’s excessive! Getting your heart rate up for as little as just fifteen minutes is actually enough to start increasing happy hormones, circulate blood flow, and have you feeling revitalised within minutes.
There are breathing techniques both specifically for relaxation and ones for giving your body a big burst of energy. The majority of people aren’t conscious of how shallow their breathing is, or how we manage to stop breathing altogether during parts of the day (especially under high stress). Some forceful inhales and exhales will flush the bloodstream with fresh oxygen which can deliver a burst of energy.
We always come back to mindset – and rightly so! It’s super important. Upon waking up, are you already convincing yourself that you’re tired, that you didn’t get enough sleep, or that you would rather get more sleep than champion the day? The first hour after shuteye is critical. How you spend your morning can determine how you spend your whole day. Before you open your eyes, lay in bed for just a few minutes and recite some affirmations for health and vitality. You can also immediately go into gratitude for the energy that you will have and all of the great things you’ll be manifesting.
Drink lots of water
The human body is composed of up to sixty five percent water. Even mild dehydration can affect mental and physical performance. A general guide for water intake is 1L per 30kg of bodyweight, although requirements will vary from person to person. A diet low in carbohydrates, or high in processed foods or alcohol will increase the need for water. Air conditioning and exercise are other factors which increase water requirements. Proper hydration means a better functioning body and mind. Keep a bottle or glass near you throughout the day, and refill on a regular basis.
Make time for rest and play
It can often feel like life is a never-ending list of tasks and chores to complete. Whilst the laundry is a necessary evil, it is important to ensure that quality time is spent doing more enjoyable things. Whether the focus is family time, sports, or reading a good book, stress can be managed by creating happiness in other areas of life. Even just a few minutes a day, focusing on something enjoyable can make a difference to stress levels. Finding ways to manage stress is crucial to balancing energy and improving pleasure.
If you’re feeling a little ‘blah’ or lacking some pep in your step, a change up in your usual routine is more than likely necessary. Give some of these tips a go and feel the difference.