There are soulful goals you want to achieve, places you want to explore, and passions you want to pursue. In order to live a life you love, you must do more of what you love.
But, wait! Who has the time? I get it, life can be crazy.
Living by your sacred yes and honouring no will help you create more time.
But really, I think the bigger issue is energy. Maybe you don’t need more time, maybe you just need more energy.
Here are five ways to boost your energy so you can step more fully into your great life.
Practicing mindfulness will help you avoid getting lost in stories of the past and wound in anticipation of the future. Living in the past or the future for too long zaps energy and can lead to depression and anxiety.
Play with this practice to bring you into a state of mindfulness.
- Notice three things you see and say them out loud.
- Notice two things you hear and say them out loud.
- Notice one things you smell and say it out loud.
- Now, take deep three breaths and focus on the sensation of your breath moving through your lungs.
- Repeat the process until you settle into the present.
More mindfulness means more energy.
Spend time in nature
Nature is energizing and healing. By soaking up the sun you’re welcoming a natural dose of Vitamin D, serotonin, and melatonin into your cells.
Feeling depressed? Difficulty focusing? Struggling with weight? Low energy? You might be experiencing Nature Deficit Disorder.The solution? Go outside. Get grounded.
Develop an intimate relationship with your body
Every body is different. What works for my body, might not work for yours. Despite the plethora of gurus shouting about what to eat and how to exercise, only you can know what your body truly needs. Notice what makes you feel light, energized, inspired, and nourished.
Does your body feel rested and refreshed after six hours of sleep, or do you need eight?
Does your soul feel energized when you dive into the pool and fall into the hypnotic rythmn of your stroke or does it want to bump and grind in a pole fitness class?
How about breakfast? Notice what your body feels like after you enjoy a hearty breakfast compared to sipping green juice and watching the sunrise.
Does coffee make you anxious?
Does sugar make you crazy?
Noticing what nourishes your body will boost your energy and your health.
Consciously create rituals
How we live each day is primarily a result of unconscious ways of being and subconscious rituals – the food we eat, the way we talk to our children, whether we pour ourselves a drink at the end of the day or go for a run, how we spend our money, the way we deal with emails, how we feel in relationship, what we think when we look at ourselves in the mirror. More than 40% of the actions we take are based on subconscious rituals.
What kinds of rituals will add energy to your life?
A series of sun salutations to greet the morning? Using half of your lunch break to go for a walk? Greeting your kids enthusiastically by exclaiming I’m so happy to see you! Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon every morning? Lighting a candle and slipping into a hot bath at the end of the day?
Rituals are used all over the world, by all kinds of people, in all kinds of ways. While there’s tremendous variety in the types of rituals performed, they all have one thing in common — people who perform rituals report feeling better about their lives.
Try new things – routines, habits, schedules, driving routes, meditation practices, book genres, foods, entertainment, music, fitness classes, words, ways of relating, clothing styles.
Just because you’re trying something new doesn’t mean you need to commit to it. Exploring different options will help you deepen your self-awareness.What do you like? What do you dislike? What brings you pleasure? What would you rather avoid?
Make it playful – explore one new thing each week.
Curiosity, exploration, and self awareness can add energy to your life.
Your great life is waiting for you.
Boosting your energy will help you live it fully.