Calm in the Chaos - Tips for a Better Life
5 Ways to Re-Energize Yourself
by Jamie Spannhake
May 09, 2022
1. Take time for yourself.
We spend so much time and energy taking care of others and things that are important to others. We must remember to take time for ourselves. Find activities that bring energy to your body and mind. This might be a walk in the woods or a hot bath. It could be visiting a museum or going to a movie. Whatever you enjoy, try to schedule time each week to do at least one thing that makes you feel happy and energized!
2. Drink more water.
Many people are chronically dehydrated and don’t know it. Start your day with a big glass of water, even before your coffee or tea. If you are feeling hungry or having sugar cravings, first drink a large glass of water. Sometimes dehydration feels the same as hunger.
3. Eat dark leafy green vegetables.
Leafy greens are a superfood. They are filled with vitamins and antioxidants and have many benefits for our heath. They contain vitamins A, C, E and K, and some also contain B vitamins, which are the nutrients that help alleviate depression and anxiety. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Add these greens to your daily diet to feel energized: broccoli, collard greens, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula, and dandelion greens.
4. Get physical activity and rest.
If you have an exercise you like, such as running or yoga, make sure you engage in that activity several days each week. ON other days, focus on moving your body, whether that’s walking to work, riding a bike, playing catch with your kids, or any other activity that involves moving your body.
If you don’t exercise regularly, start with a simple activity, like walking, and walk for 15 minutes a day. You can increase as you continue to feel more able to walk to longer distances.
Also ensure you get sufficient sleep, rest, and relaxation. When we are tired, our bodies and minds are less able to effectively handle the stressors of work and life.
5. Get rid of relationships that drain you.
People can drain you of your energy. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are “bad” people, but they may not be the right people for you. Sometimes, people take a lot and give very little. Other times they make us feel tired, even if we can’t fully understand why. See if you can transform those relationships by communicating and setting boundaries. And, if not, it may be time to end the relationship.
We all deserve to feel energized, not exhausted!