Monday Motivation – Tips to Boost your Energy Levels
This winter seems to drag on and on, don’t you think? And the weather is so, so cold. Are you like me, do you long for those lovely warm Spring days as I do? I know Spring is just around the corner, but it is certainly taking it’s time to get here!
We all gain energy from the sun, and sunlight and I think that is why this time of year is so draining for me. I have had my fill of the cold, damp, dark days of Winter, and my body needs to feel the warmth of the sun once more. I find that I get an energy boost around Christmas, and again around the New Year. But by February my energy levels have slowly ebbed away, and the main thing I really look forward to is the changing of the season. Spring is one of the most energetic months for me. There is so much to do in the garden, and the outside in general. I feel I have been cooped up all Winter and with the sun peeping out from behind the clouds, it is time to discover the wonderful world outside my door. Especially with the wild and wonderful Dartmoor all around me here at Bowerland.
But even though the warmer weather has not yet reached us, at least the mornings and evenings are becoming lighter. With this thought in mind, here are my top tips on boosting your energy levels:
- Make sure you get out in the fresh air, preferably in the morning, for at least 20 minutes. Feel the sun (if you’re lucky) and the air on your skin. Smell the fresh smells of nature all around you, even if you can only make it to your garden, or the local park.
- Try to do some stretching on a regular basis. You will find that stretching really helps to increase your energy levels. By incorporating stretching into your day, it will help to improve your overall physical and mental well-being. Why don’t you try out a yoga or pilates class near you? Or, failing that, you could also check out the numerous youtube videos you can follow in the comfort of your own home.
- Think about what you eat and how you can improve your energy levels by your food intake. Add iron rich food into your diet. Boost up your B vitamins. By eating more natural and unprocessed food you will build up your magnesium levels which help to build your energy. Try to drink more water, 8 glasses a day is considered about right.
- Take time out to relax, away from the phone, the screen, and any distractions. Look at your sleep patterns, think about how long you sleep for. 8 hours is considered optimal for good health. If you are way below 8 hours, think about ways you can gain more sleep time.
- Lighten your load, and control your stress levels. If we acknowledge the stresses in our lives and try to deal with them, it’ll stop us bottling our feelings up. It is a well known fact that too much stress can lead to feelings of anxiety which drain us of energy.
I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.