7 Practical Ways To Recharge During The Day

7 Practical Ways To Recharge During The Day

written by: Mrs. Susan Pokorny
by: Mrs. Susan Pokorny
2012-06-06 17.19.59 2012-06-06 17.19.59

Energy in our body is an unlimited resource if we tap into it. It does require that we care for it in a responsible way so that it will return to us in favor when we need it. Our culture doesn't make it easy to re-fuel our energy reserves if you are out and about during the day. Depending on the city or state you live in, there may be more or less options for you to find for healthy fast food and mind-body supporting activities. Take some time to explore your local offerings, plan out your schedule and week to include some of these activities to multiply your energy, outlook and productivity. When you're well rested, hydrated and nourished, you'll manage stress better and be more resilient to the curves life throws your way. 1. Eat and drink for energy. The quality of the foods you eat and drink are the raw materials your body works with to convert nutrients into energy. Make the most of every choice you can: each meal, snacks and dining out with colleagues, family or friends. Nuts and seeds pack the biggest nutritional punch. Keep some trail mixes in your tote bag or backpack so you're always prepared in a time crunch. Try to avoid drinking city-tap water as the drinking water standards may not be up to true quality drinking water standards that you would want. 2. Surround yourself with Citrus. Citrus fruits have been researched for their ability to boost the mood. Drink fresh squeezed citrus fruits to purify your digestive tract and keep your system running efficiently. Breath in the aroma of citrus essential oils is not only energizing, but brings clarity to your thoughts and helps you focus better. 3. Take a walk outdoors. Stepping outside not only gives us different perspectives, the fresh air is energizing as it fuels our body with fresh oxygen. If you are sitting at a desk all day, take several breaks when you can to stand up and stretch if you can't make it outside each time. Sitting by a window is a good second option if you can't make it fully outside. When you have the chance, slip your shoes off and walk through the sand or grass and re-balance your body's energy. Leave the electronics behind and allow your body to reset to a natural baseline that isn't affected by ongoing electrical stimulation. These man-made energy forces interfere with our body's natural energy cycles. Turn off your wi-fi when you can (especially at bedtime) so your body has chance to renew it's energy in a natural way as it would outdoors. 4. Observe nature. Whether you're gardening, surfing or just exploring in your local park, take time to really see nature. The natural world is full of life and energy, when we step out of our hectic schedules and into the simplicity of nature our perspectives shift as well as the energy we direct towards our priorities. Studying the wonder of the natural world moves us into the bigger picture of life and can inspire us to observe patterns in our own lives to see what activities and relationships are growing our energy stores or depleting them. 5. Journal, color or draw. Creativity gives us the space to explore our own ideas, challenges and personalities. These are components of our spirit that are unique to just us. When we live our lives chasing after what other's want or perceive as important, it can drain us of our own energy. Doing something that you love creates energy. Creative expression helps us to discover those nuances in our life that shape us into who we are. Discover your authentic self and what energizes you when you invite artistic elements into your everyday routine. Don't feel led to color or draw? Simple journaling is a great way to open up your thoughts and observations. You can write free-style or use some simple prompts to get you started. Some more structured topics might include writing about challenges you're facing, dreams you have or something new you've learned. Make the writing flow from who you are rather than what you think it should be. 6. Take care of your physical body. Schedule in regular exercise, massage or relaxation into your week. Nourish your skin with a simple body scrub: 1/4 cup of organic sugar, 1/4 cup of jojoba or other vegetable oil and 2-3 drops of essential oils of your choice. Lavender, geranium and frankincense are nourishing to the skin. Mix the ingredients together and massage into the skin at the end of your shower. Rinse lightly and pat dry with a towel to keep skin hydrated. 7. Put your feet up. Just ten minutes of rest can invigorate you for the rest of the afternoon. Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee at 2pm (which might keep you up at night, interfering with your body's regular sleep cycles) fill up your glass water bottle, set your feet up on a chair next to you and close your eyes for 10 minutes. If your mind begins to wander, just focus on your body and your breath. A simple breath pattern that energizes the body is to exhale quicker than your inhale. Inhale for 6 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds. Repeat this pattern a few times, then fall into a calm breath pattern for the next few minutes. Try these simple steps to energize your mind and body the next time you're tempted to reach for a Latte. Energy can be an unlimited resource if we tap into in practical, healthy ways that support ongoing wellness.