I often hear people use “I’m tired” as their reason for why they haven’t gotten around to the things they want to do to improve their lives, or live the kind of life they really want to live. I’ve often heard it from myself. As I’ve worked on my personal development over the past three years, I’ve learned some things about increasing energy. Some of them are quirky, some of them are easy, some of them are things you already know, and some of them require a little effort on your part. But I promise they work. I’ll be presenting these one a day so I can explore them fully. At the end of the 20 days (it will take longer than 20 days as I'll be mixing in some other posts) I'll post the entire overview. I've seen this done on other blogs I read and I like the approach, but feel free to email me if you want the whole list now. I'll send it to you.
Increase Your Energy NOW, Tip #1
Make yourself move
When you're feeling drained, tired, and devoid of energy, but you haven't actually done anything to be that way, one of the most effective ways to increase your energy is just get up and do something. Just pick one thing that you have to do, and get up and do it. I'm not saying we should never have lazy times or even days, but there are times when we have low-energy and we don't want to. We want to be productive, we want to get things done.
Have you ever had one of those days where you sit down in front of the computer, you start surfing the web, checking your email, reading the news, checking facebook and as more and more time passes you feel lazier and more 'stuck' to your chair or the couch? Or perhaps you've overslept, you feel zapped, drained, and not at all like doing anything productive? Or you're sitting at work, and the 3:00 slump hits and you don't feel like doing a thing?
I've definitely had all of those things happen to me. I've realized that I can either give in to the lethargy and laziness, or I can do something different. Very often, that something different is to just stand up and move towards some action.
If I feel like I'm getting sucked in to the computer, or I'm just lounging around feeling lazy, I give myself a couple minutes and then make the commitment to just move. I'll pick one easy thing that I have to do that doesn't require more sitting in front of the computer or lounging (e.g., deciding to respond to an email as my 'something different' doesn't work, it has to involve an actual change in position from sitting to standing). Maybe it's to go check my mailbox, or in a work situation, instead of sending an email about a question or situation, go and actually talk to that person face-to-face.
The very act of moving can lift your energy right NOW and can help you refocus on what you need to do.