Sustainable Energy

5 Ways to Have Sustainable Energy

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We all want and need energy. Are you getting the right kind? Here are 5 killers of energy and some easy things you can do to have sustainable natural energy every day.

  1. Sleep. Most of us are not getting deep, rejuvenating sleep. Studies show that the average American requires 7-9 hours of sleep per night. To achieve this, try the following:
    • dim lights 90 minutes before bedtime
    • keep TV and cell phone outside of your bedroom
    • meditate
    • practice yoga
    • read a book
    • write what you are grateful for in a journal
    • take a walk in nature and observe the stars
  2. Sedentary. Most people tell me they work out 3 times a week, but do you feel alive 7 days a week. If you do nothing else for exercise, take a 45-minute brisk walk in nature every day.
  3. Sugar. Sugar is making us fat and dumb. Most people are consuming triple if not more amounts of added sugar per day. Men should have no more than 9 teaspoons (37.5g) of added sugar per day. Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons (25g) of added sugar per day. To reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, try the following:
    • Switch from artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Equal to Sugar in the Raw.
    • Add fresh lemon or lime juice for flavor.
    • Stick with smoothies to receive the fiber and nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Avoid juices that don’t separate as they contain more sugar than a coke sometimes.
    • Eat naturally sweet fruits and vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets bananas and berries.
  4. Selfishness. Self-care is not selfish. Repeat: Self-care is not selfish. What would your day look like if you got up 10 minutes earlier to meditate, breathe and ask yourself how you want to feel today? Once you devote time to yourself, you can show up with more energy and a smile to take care of the people you love. Flight attendants always warn us every flight to put the mask on yourself first, before assisting others. This is the same concept.
  5. Breaks. Set-up an appointment in your phone or your calendar for a 5 minute break each hour of your day. Use this “me” time to:
    • Listen to a song you love – stand, stretch, bounce or dance.
    • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth 10 times. If you get light headed, you just need more practice.
    • Drink a glass of water.
    • Take a bathroom break.

Do you have 5 minutes a day to check in with yourself for your health? I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below.

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