If you need two cups of coffee to get out of bed in the morning, it’s definitely time for a change!
If you’re feeling a nagging lack of energy, it’s important you find the reason(s) for it and make the necessary lifestyle adjustments.
Why? Because lacking the proper fuel, strategies and habits that you need for healthy energy levels - leaves your body feeling weak, lethargic, and unmotivated.
And obviously, you’re 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.
This is what you're gonna get in this article:
- Three facts you must know about you, vitality and life
- Four principles for energy management
- How to use mindfulness to manage your energy
Here are 3 facts about you, your vitality and your life:
Fact 1 - Your energy level has a major impact on your life every day.
- When you’re tired or burnt-out - how effective are you at what you want to do? How enjoyable is your life?
- How about when you’re full of energy - how are your focus, creativity, productivity, fun, happiness, love...? How much more value do you deliver to others?
Fact 2: Many people go through life too tired to enjoy life...
- They hit the clock’s snooze button five times before getting out of bed, needing coffee to wake up, spend most of the day glued to screens, finally to arrive home exhausted.
- While others jump out of bed, excited, and ready to rock & roll even before their alarm, they spend their day doing energizing activities, and know how to handle the natural dips in energy throughout the day, finally to arrive to bed tired but fulfilled.
Fact 3: In most cases, your energy level is influenced by your actions.
- Physically: How you sleep, how and what you eat and drink, how you move your body, how you breathe...
- Mentally and Emotionally: Worries, anxieties, doubts and ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) lower your energy level, while joy, happiness, excitement, hope and positive thoughts increase your energy and vitality.
There are two powerful tools you can use to control ALL of the actions above, so you can boost your energy and vitality... Every. Single. Day.
Interested? Then let’s begin with the...
Four Principles for Energy Management
Principle 1: What You Put In is What You Get Out
Therefore, getting the best results means giving your 100% in each moment.
BUT… your “100%” changes based on the energy you can access.
Just like a rechargeable battery.
If your battery is never above half-full, you can only access 50% of your battery's potential. But if you can charge the battery to a higher level, you have up to twice as much to give!
Most people go through life with a battery that is rarely more than half full.
But it doesn't have to be you.
Principle 2: Your Energy Level is Dynamic, and in Your Control
The biggest reason why people don’t have their battery completely charged is a lack of awareness.
You live with the amount of energy that you got used to.
If you wake up feeling exhausted every day, you probably believe “this is the way it is.”
But the energy level you’re used to isn’t fixed!
It’s simply a result of your physical actions and habits, your recurring thoughts, and your dominant emotions.
So, the first tool you can use to control your actions and as a result boost your energy and vitality starts by becoming aware of your daily actions, thoughts and emotions.
This first tool is called: Mindfulness.
To become more mindful, you must constantly ask yourself two questions:
- What increases my energy?
- What depletes my energy?
When you commit to answer these questions constantly over a couple of days you get clear insights and... solutions:
- Some things charge your "battery".
Do more of these things!
- Other things drain your "battery".
Do less of these!
Principle 3: Mindfulness Directly Boosts Your Energy and Vitality
How do you know what brings you up, and what brings you down?
Obviously, some experiences are easy to spot... like feeling light and energetic after dancing or an uplifting conversation or feeling tired and lethargic after eating a heavy meal or a restless night.
This type of awareness is a great starting point.
But it’s quite superficial, as you focus on the strongest highs and lows in your energy levels... and then it's usually too late to change (if you want to come out from a low energy level).
However, with a bit of practice, using Mindfulness practices and meditations - you will increase your awareness and be able to release energy blocks the moment they occur, and tap into hidden energy resources in your body.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool that most people either don’t know about, or they know about... but don't use regularly, or... they use it incorrectly, so they don’t get the tremendous benefits of the practice.
In our new Introduction to Mindfulness program, you learn everything you need to know about mindfulness - the right way.
The program gives you the right mindset and right “how-to” instructions. But most importantly, it includes 14 mindfulness practices that take a few minutes to practice, but they instil mindfulness in everything you do in your daily life.
Principle 4: Energy Shifts in Cycles
Over any period of time, your energy naturally shifts up and down:
Hourly: Your energy hits highs and lows during the day.
Use mindfulness to notice the moment your energy dips - so you can recharge.
Daily: Your energy fluctuates regularly throughout the day (e.g. it might peak in the morning, dip mid-day, come back in the afternoon and decrease in the evening).
Use mindfulness to notice these daily patterns, and plan your activities accordingly.
Periodically: Your energy shifts constantly as the weather changes, new events taking place in your life, and in direct response your behavior, thoughts and emotions.
When you regularly practice mindfulness, you reach a point of equanimity - where you are not disturbed anymore by external or internal experiences that otherwise would have drained your "battery".
How to Use Mindfulness to Manage Your Energy
- Become Aware
Take time to honestly assess your current state.
What energizes you? What depletes your energy?
- Pay Attention
Become aware of your energy, and the physical sensations of your body throughout the day.
Doing this helps you notice when your energy shifts, and identify what might be creating those shifts (and what you can do to handle it).
- Have Fun Experimenting
In order to figure out what works best for you, you have to be open-minded to new ideas. Playfully experiment with different movements, foods, breathing techniques and other activities and notice how they affect your energy level - up or down - then keep what works and keep exploring.
- Join the Introduction to Mindfulness Program
It gives you everything you need to develop a deep understanding and a state of mindfulness and equanimity in everyday life.
Within days of following the program, you will see a major shift in your energy, vitality, joy and well-being.
How to Develop a Vitality Mindset... FAST!
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are two powerful tools you can use to boost your energy and vitality... Every. Single. Day.
We spent a lot of time about the first tool - mindfulness, but we didn't forget the second tool...
Often one of the biggest reasons for having low energy and vitality is what Cognitive Behavioral psychologists call 'ANTs' - Automatic Negative Thoughts.
When thoughts like “I’m tired”, “I’m exhausted”, “If I continue this way, I will get a burnout”, “I am too old for this” repeatedly plays in your subconscious - you are draining your battery faster than any other way.
And if you recognize that ANTs deplete your "battery"... it's time to develop a mindset that would recharge your "battery" and boost your vitality...
This is your the second tool...
Positive Affirmations for Vitality
We wrote a lot about positive affirmations in other blog posts, but to be short and to the point... Using the RIGHT positive affirmations, in the RIGHT way eliminates your Automatic Negative Thoughts and replace them with positive, empowering and supportive thoughts.
We created a set of 100 positive affirmations for vitality, which counter these ANTs and reprogram your subconscious for high energy and total vitality.
When you use these affirmations every day - you will notice how your "battery" recharges quicker and to a higher level... within days.