Breathe, rest and drink to improve your energy levels!
Today it’s my pleasure to feature a guest blogger, Tracey Burnett. Enjoy her post, and please share & comment if you feel inclined!
We could all benefit from a lowering of stress and more energy. For many people their natural state is low energy and they don’t even realize how much better they could feel AND how much more they would get out of life.
If you are lacking in energy you are likely to be, or have been, in a state of overwhelm and stress, nothing seems to go right, everything seems an uphill battle, you are going against the flow. How can you enjoy life in this state? Conversely if you have an abundance of energy you have joy, gratitude, love and you find yourself going with the flow and life is so much easier.
If you go to the doctor you will always be given something that will suppress the symptoms or you can self medicate with sugar and comfort foods etc but you really need to uncover the root cause of the problems.
Now I know that when you are exhausted the thought of doing something about it can be overwhelming which is why I like to keep things nice and simple when I am coaching clients to achieve optimum levels of energy.
Although I have many tips for reducing your stress levels and increasing your energy these are my top 3 that are not only effective but very easy to do.
Keep well hydrated. Drinking enough quality water everyday can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on your everyday life. We are made up of 75% water and just a 5% drop in body fluids will bring about a up to 30% loss of energy in most people.
Dehydration can cause depression, fatigue as well as obesity, skin problems and digestive disorders. Look at drinking between 3-4 liters of water a day – more if you are doing exercise or flying. Fatigue is partly due to dehydration. If you hit a particularly tired patch in the day drink 1-2 litres of water and see how you feel. The best water to drink is alkaline water and spring water. You can see if there is a spring near you by checking at www.findaspring.com
Ensure you get enough restful sleep. Sleep allows our bodies time to rejuvenate and repair. Sleep is too important to short change. Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat. We know that sleep deprivation destroys the normal rhythm of hormone secretion and immunity setting you up for never ending colds and infections. It also impairs your body’s ability to repair itself that, of course, in turn ages the skin.
Get into a regular sleep pattern. Keep your bed time and time of rising the same throughout the week. The healing and restorative patterns of sleep are always underestimated! Keep your room cooler at night, limit TV watching before bedtime and reduce noise and light around you for at least 30 minutes before you get to bed. Leave your window open at night and sleep in a totally dark room.
If you are having problems sleeping, look at supplementing your diet with Omega 3’s. They are a critical part of both sleep hygiene and skin health since they are the building blocks of the hormone secreting cells and contribute to neuro- transmitters that help you sleep as well.
Breathe! Most of us practice shallow breathing that puts our bodies into stress mode. This type of breathing from the chest rather than into the stomach, causes a constriction of the chest and lung tissue over time, decreasing oxygen flow and delivery to your tissues.
Deep, rhythmic breathing expands the diaphragm muscle, the cone-shaped muscle under your lungs, expanding the lung’s air pockets, invoking the relaxation response, and massaging the lymphatic system. Breathing acts as a pump for your lymphatic system. If the pump is not working at its optimum then this leads to fatigue as well as weight gain, high blood pressure, muscle loss etc.
Deep breathing is the fastest way to trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, through what some practitioners call the relaxation response. When someone is frightened or stressed, they tend to hold their breath or take rapid, shallow breaths. The heart pounds and muscles clench as the adrenaline kicks in. When the stressor is resolved, they let out a deep breath, signaling the brain that everything is okay again.
If deep breathing continues, the heart rate decreases, the lungs expand and the muscles relax. Equilibrium is restored. Practice deeper breathing everyday until it becomes a habit, and if you are in a stressful situation then think about your breathing – it is highly likely to be short and shallow. Adapt immediately to longer deeper breathes and immediately you will feel better.
If you would like to hear some more of my tips, then click on the link to claim your copy of my E-Report, 28 Tips for High Energy and Low Stress. http://bit.ly/PniPJp or if you would like to speak to me personally, click on this link and book a High Energy Discovery session at no charge! http://bit.ly/TPLqXU
About Tracey Burnett
Tracey helps women who are struggling with low energy and high stress levels and get their lives on track. She works with them to adapt their lifestyle by looking at all the aspects of their life from their diet to careers, relationships for example. This enables them to reach the ‘wealth’ they aspire to in every aspect of their lives.
Her system, 12 Pillars of Wellbeing, an approach to optimum health, helps clients become the best they can be and achieve the vision of their best life.