How to Go from Low Energy to High
By Sandy Schroeder
Now that we have more freedom there are many things to do, but low energy can be a problem. Sometimes I get up with a whole list of new projects, but my energy and motivation are gone by noon.
WebMD says low energy may be expected as we adjust to all of the ups and downs of the last year, but there are ways to get back up to speed.
If you are finding it difficult to stay focused on work, and frustrating to see deadlines pile up, here are some steps to generate the energy that you need.
Eat a healthy diet - Skip those burgers and pizza and head to your farmers market. Pick your family's favorite fruits and vegetables and then add fresh fish, lean meats and low-fat dairy, plus healthy oils and nuts. Get the whole family involved as you cook and bake at home and sit down to family dinners.
Add magnesium - When magnesium is low, energy levels can drop. Then the body has to work harder to handle daily tasks. Check with your doctor to see where your magnesium stands and follow up with these foods.
- Enjoy more fish, such as halibut and salmon
- Snack on hazelnuts, cashews and almonds
- Eat whole grains, including bran cereal, every day
Laugh a little and relax more - Enjoy new freedoms and keep the laughter coming. Call your favorite funny friend, watch funny old movies and share jokes with your friends. Your body will relax and your spirits will rise.
Make exercise a daily routine - Start early morning walks or runs and close the day with a low key yoga session. Take a morning break to stretch and an afternoon break for a short walk. Keep moving adding 10 minutes of movement to every hour that you sit.
Get outdoors - Lots of greenery, sunshine and fresh breezes do make a difference. Sip your coffee on your patio in the morning. Take your morning break outside and sit in the sun and read after lunch.
Involve your whole family - Your kids and spouse may feel as deflated as you do. Call a family meeting and brainstorm ways to get moving again. The kids may vote for bikes or more time on the water and you may decide to head back to the courts.
Reach out to everyone around you - Friends and co-workers may be struggling too. This may be the time to add new workout buddies to your walks or try camping and wilderness hikes.
Look ahead - As you begin to regain energy, make a list of all of the things that you want to do now.
- Plan some flights and car trips
- Start to hike and bike more
- Put together small parties at home or in the park
- Do weekend suppers; invite everyone for fish tacos and spend the evening on the patio
- Resume classes as you go back to a yoga or tai chi classes or look for new ones.
One good thing can lead to more. Start working on your energy and watch what happens.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.