Tips on How to Boost your Energy
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Research shows we have more leisure time than ever before. Yet many Americans say that doing what they HAVE to do takes twice as much time as doing what they want to do. May be we need to shift our attitudes about time, so that we can have a healthy attitude about time and not be in such a rush.

Enjoy the moment
Much of our lives are taken up by mundane tasks. It can get pretty nerve-racking. Instead of focusing on what you are doing, you are always anticipating what has to be done next. MAKE your tasks seem less like chores. Create the ‘ideal atmosphere’ for you to be able to concentrate on what you are doing. Listen to music, work outdoors, do whatever gives you energy and makes you feel good, to get the job done faster.

Surround yourself with a calm environment
Experts agree that we tend to adjust to the rhythms of our environment, so it’s a good idea to surround yourself with people and things that help us shift into low gear. Play soothing music. You can also play an instrument to the rhythms that make you feel relaxed. get tc impact Instead of scurrying to fix dinner right when you get home, take some time to wind down by reading the paper, going for a walk, spending time with your children.

Get some shut-eye
Many of us think that the best way to gain time is to sleep less (I’m guilty of this thinking). According to the National Sleep Foundational (NSF), a lack of restful sleep results in poor mental performance, more accidents and lack of concentration.

Pay attention to when you go to bed
If after you put the children to bed you find yourself in front of the TV until the wee hours of the night, it’s time to strongly consider shifting your bedtime. Experts suggest cutting back bedtime by 15-30 minutes for a few days to let your body adjust. Anymore and you’ll throw your body into shock.

Simplify
This is a tough one. What most people think they can achieve in a given amount of tie is unrealistic. We make to-do lists that are nearly impossible to accomplish, and we beat ourselves up for not completing them. So we add what we didn’t do today to the astronomical list tomorrow, and the effect snowballs to the point where we cry. ‘I can’t get anything done- there is just not enough time to do it!”
Simplify. What must be done today? When that is done, then what other things would I like to do if you have more time?

Breaking away for a daily mini-vacation
Take 10-15 minutes each day to do nothing. We need time each day to not race against the clock or be productive. We can slow down and our minds are free to be creative. Take a walk. Listen to music. Sit on the couch. The point is relax. Your mind must be free of everything.

Drink some tea
It’s hard to gulp down hot tea. Several kinds can actually relax you, like chamomile tea.

Sit on a rocking chair
The Charlotte/Douglas international Airport in North Carolina has over 20 rocking chairs installed, many harrying travelers flock to them daily. Can you just see the relaxing immediately? Make good use of yours, or buy one. I used to have a glider rocker for feeding my kids, and I tell you, I fell asleep every time. The rocking rhythm just knocks me out.

Breathe deeply
When you are stressed, your breathing becomes shallow. Your body craves oxygen, and it’s not getting any when you are breathing incorrectly. Slow down. Focus on each breath-in through the nose, out through the mouth. Concentrate on nothing but inhaling and exhaling.



Shift activities
If what you are doing is making you anxious, simply do something else. If you are at your desk, get up and move around. If you are performing a task that needs intense concentration, change and do something that doesn’t require much brain effort. Here is a guideline: for every 45 minutes of heavy concentration, give yourself 10-15 minutes of mindless rejuvenation.

Make yourself smile
Keep a funny cartoon or joke nearby and look at it often. May favorite is the far side. Subscribe to a humor newsletter on the internet. Do a search for jokes. Keep a joke book or humorous story on your desk. Laughter is a great stress reliever, and it helps you feel good.

Stop procrastinating
Tackle and eliminate the task now. It takes more energy to put off a job than it does to just get it done.
Strive for excellence, not perfection. Stop focusing on what could go wrong. That’s a big time-waster. Commit to completing the job, that is, give yourself deadlines. If you need to go back and refine later, fine, do it. Really, fire! Then aim.

Say no
Think about everything you say ‘yes’ to: community involvement, errands for others, visiting, running around. Think about how they benefit you, your family, your business, your health and your mind. Do they benefit you? If not, say NO.
Turn off technology periodically. Our modern conveniences have made us more impatient and more vulnerable to others’ demands. Turn off your cell phone, computer or social site when you don’t want to be bothered.

Get rid of the clutter
Start each day with a clean desk or office. You’ll be more efficient when things are in order.

Exercise
Many times when we say we don’t have enough time to do things it’s because we are wasting time sitting on ourselves too long because we are too tired.

Get moving
Not only will you feel better, but you will have more energy, which means you can get more done in less time. That frees up more time to do other things. And you will feel great about yourself because you are looking good and achieving more.

You are what you eat
Eat junk, feel like junk. Energy comes from feeding yourself foods that are packed with nutrients and don’t bog you down with a lot of calories. Keep your metabolism stoked by eating 4-6 smaller meals a day. When your metabolism is up, so is your energy.

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