Energy is finite, not unlimited. Stress and pressure drain energy. Relational conflicts sap energy. Lack of internal consistency between who you really are and what you pretend to be will suck the life out of you. You can name a bunch more. But, the question is, how do you restore and refuel your energy reserves?

EnergizedHere are some suggestions I have for staying energized:

Identify your energy-drainers If you are out of touch with what empties your physical, emotional, relational and spiritual tank, you can’t stop it. Slow down and pay attention to the times you are exhausted and see if you can put your finger on the specific situations, people, activity or environments that sap you.

AccomplishmentThis may seem counter-intuitive when you already may feel overworked. The idea here is not more work but finished work. When you complete tasks and check things off your list, it will boost your energy.

ExerciseWe know exercise builds stamina and releases good chemicals into our system. But when we get busy, we tend to make excuses for our lack of exercise. But even just 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes can make a huge difference in your energy level.Energized Umbrellas

Eat RightAvoiding junk foods, fatty foods, sugary foods and alcohol will help prevent your energy levels from dropping during the day. Lots of water is good. Too much caffeine stimulates the body to produce adrenaline and then eventually, when it runs out, you will feel exhausted.

Help SomeoneWhen you make an effort to bless someone else by helping them in some way or another, you feel good about it and your energy level increases.

Laugh We all need to smile more, laugh more and enjoy life.  If we spend our entire day facing conflict, solving problems and managing tension, our energy reserves will be depleted. A good laugh can give a big energy boost.

I don’t want to drain your energy by too long of a read so I’ll stop for now. I have several more. Look for Part 2.

 

QUESTION: What boosts your energy? Please share it below. Thanks!

 

2 responses to Staying Energized (Part 1)

  1. Dorothy Ramos on March 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM Reply

    Thank you Dennis! Identifying the specific situations, people, activity or environments that sap me will help me to know how I can eliminate some of those things.

  2. Rachel on March 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM Reply

    Good points. This week I did not make time for physical exercise and have found my energy drained and stress levels increased. A reminder to self no matter what else is going on to make time for exercise

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