7 Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels
There is a line that has been uttered so many times, and in so many different ways… but why not go back to the classics and quote The Princess Bride? – ‘If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.’ And true enough, our health and our vitality are greater and more important than many other things we possess. One of the finest indicators of good health is our energy. Here are 7 natural ways to boost your energy levels.
First off, do you need an energy boost? Don’t mistake serenity and calm for lack of energy. Unless you are the type of person who always needs a fire under their ass, there is something to say for laziness and occasional moments of lethargy. But if you find that your amount of energy is generally low, you might want to investigate.
Why Are My Energy Levels Low?
While every individual’s energy levels (or lack thereof) should be established and explored on a case-by-case basis, there are certain telltale signs and symptoms, which could be related to chronic fatigue and low energy. I say “could be” because until you undergo some testing or analysis, you don’t have a lot to go on. Some people are just not as energetic as others, not as lively, and there is nothing wrong with that. But when the person itself begins to feel as though their energy is low, that’s when you need to look into it.
There are many things that could lie at the root of low levels of energy. Everything from diet and lifestyle to medical conditions of the mind and body. Sometimes it is very possible to identify the primary cause, but for that, you will most likely have to pay your health care professional a visit and rule things out with the help of medical examinations. Or perhaps you know a non-MD health guru with a sharp eye and mind, who could provide an opinion and point you in the right direction.
Once you understand the nature of your issue, you can begin mapping out ways to boost your energy levels. Here are 7 ways to go about doing that. Some of these are quite basic, some are more advanced or not as instantaneously applicable. But in general, these 7 tips are ones which matter and could make a real difference in your day-to-day life.
7 Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels
Life energy exists inside and outside of us, and it is always in motion and always there. Shifting and mutating and forever transforming, this energy is what provides us with our vigor, our strength, and our vitality of mind and body. But there are times when energy paths within the body are blocked, weakened, and stagnant, and this may cause issues.
Consider a flowing river which has been dammed up, and then picture the dam being taken down. These 7 natural ways of boosting energy are not so much “boosters” as they are ways in which the natural flow can be restored and the energy continues unabated. When you are able to keep things aligned and in the balance as a way of life, there is no need for boosters.
1. Get Better Sleep
Lack of quality sleep is one of the most common energy blockers, and it can seriously throw you out of whack. Sleeping is a fundamental part of human nature, and in order to function and not go mad – literally – we need to get some shut-eye. Giving the body and mind their rest can do a lot to enhance your waking life: work, family, friends, productivity and creativity. They can all be helped by setting a proper sleep schedule and sticking to it as best you can.
2. Eat Better Food
Much like sleep, having better quality of food can do a lot for you. Once you provide your body with the ingredients and nutrients it needs, the issue of low energy becomes less of a problem. Painly and broadly speaking, you should be getting enough calories, although not via refined carbs and processed foods. Train yourself to eat better, and your mind and body will both thank you. You may be surprised at how much the old expression “let thy food be thy medicine” still holds water.
3. Have A Drink
Water. Simple, plain, ordinary dihydrogen monoxide – it works like a charm. Humans are mammals who drink water and breathe air, and the human body itself is famously made up of a large amount of water. Keep your body hydrated, and this will help to maintain the proper circulation of energy throughout your body. Drink 8-10 cups of water a day, and make an attempt to space it out.
4. Go Go Go!
Every part of your mind and body will be so much happier if you just get moving. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and synapses – your very bones and blood and flesh – they will all be thankful when you keep your body in motion. Maintaining an active lifestyle doesn’t have to be as terrible as it sounds. It can be a daily walk, or roughhousing with the kids, or hitting the gym/pool. The options are endless, you just need to make the decision and be consistent.
5. Get Your Happy On…
Find ways to increase the joy and happiness in your life, ideally via methods that are not highly dependent on someone else’s time or space, nor on chemicals. Discover ways to diminish stress and anxiety, and get your happy hormones pumping: listening to your favorite music, spending time with your partner, your pet, yourself. Serotonin and dopamine are your “feel good” chemicals, and you can use them to your advantage.
6. …But Discipline Yourself
Speaking of “feel good” chemicals… make an attempt to regulate your use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. While substances like those can be useful for certain situations, over-consumption can lead to abuse and negative effects. Like I said, boosting your energy is about balance and about bringing about the proper conditions for the flow of energy. And those kinds of substances tend to throw things off balance, so you help to limit yourself and be mindful of your actions.
7. Back To Nature
I’m not talking about a mountain hike necessarily (since that falls under the “go go go!” category), but rather just going to a place and chilling out. Being in nature, and giving yourself the time to actually and really do nothing – it can change your life. Just sit there and take it in, be in the moment, and appreciate the beauty of life. You’d be amazed at what spending time in nature can do for your energy reservoirs.
DIY Herbal Tea For An Energy Boost
The 7 tips outlined here are ones that relate more to lifestyle choices at large. But if you’re simply interested in a quick pick-me-up, there is nothing like a good cup of herbal tea to awaken the senses and sharpen the mind. If manufactured herbal tea is not your thing, then you can go the DIY route and have full control over the ingredients and method of production.
Some herbs which can help you feel energized and increase your focus are peppermint, ginger, ashwagandha, chamomile, cardamom, lemon leaves, and ginseng. I know chamomile is more closely associated with sleep, but it does have other attributes that are very useful. Those are just a few examples, and many other useful herbs are used for preparing tea.
Here’s a simple herbal tea recipe that calls for a kettle, water, herbs, and a proper strainer.
- Boil water in a kettle
- Add the herbs (plus sweetener if desired)
- Let boil for about 10 minutes
- Strain into cups, and serve hot (but not boiling)
Any sweetener you choose will be okay, but refined white sugar is not recommended in this case. If you’re drinking tea for focus and heightened energy, you may want to avoid the spike which white sugar often brings with it to the table.
Call it energy, call it life, call it power, call it qi, or call it the Force – it’s that which surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the universe together. Many different faiths and ways of life have their own version of that concept, and the way to keep the natural flow is to strive to maintain a balance. There are positive and negative forces at work here, and they are both important. Positive and negative are not to be confused with the dichotomy of good and evil, truth and falsehood.
So, the ideal would be not to boost energy, but rather to carry yourself in such a way that facilitates the natural flow of things. If you are physically tired, spiritually weary, and/or emotionally spent, it could very well be a temporary feeling. This requires immediate attention on your part. This is precisely where water, tea, physical activity, and quality nourishment can do you a great service and perk you up.
As previously stated, low levels of energy could also be related to serious medical conditions. So, be sure to consult with your healthcare professional. If you are constantly feeling these low energies, kind of like a car running on ‘empty’ fumes, then diagnosing yourself is not recommended. The ability to drive a car doesn’t automatically make you a mechanic, after all. Best to consult with someone who’s qualified.
There are many natural ways to boost your energy, and we have specified only a few of them in this post. But the ones we mentioned are certainly the way to go. Sometimes, all you need is a small and incremental change for the better which you can apply and build on overtime. It can make all the difference in the world, and more importantly in your world.