How to Recharge Your Energy When You're Feeling Drained

There are times in life when you feel too overwhelmed and drained to get up and face another day. It’s during times like these you need a fresh start, a way to naturally recharge your mind, body and soul.

So, what’s the best way to recharge your energy?

Well, it really depends on you. First, start with your body. What does your body tell you that you need? For example, are you tired? If so, go to sleep 30 minutes earlier for a week or until you start to feel more rested.

If you’ve already tried that and you STILL feel de-energized, then, look at your diet. Are you giving yourself high quality nutrition that keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day?

When I was in my 30’s and working in high tech, I used to drink a Coca-Cola with my lunch because I thought I needed the energy to get through the afternoon. I didn’t realize at the time that my Coke was CAUSING my afternoon energy drop.

If you frequently experience energy dips especially a few hours after meals or snacks, then there is a good chance that you are either consuming too much sugar and/or eating standalone carbs, which cause your blood sugar levels too spike and then drop. Tweak your diet and see how you feel.

And, try to exercise. I know when I’m feeling down and de-energized, the very last thing I want to do is exercise. But moving your body can really help. So, see if you can find a way to do 10-15 minutes of walking outside during your lunch break. You are taking a lunch break, right? If not, it’s time to schedule it in. 

If you try improving your sleep, diet and exercise and still feel de-energized, then the reason for your low energy may be more than just physical.

 

Next, I’d recommend you explore incorporating something that lifts your spirits.

 

What do you like? What uplifts you? Create some time – even 5 or 10 minutes a day – for those things.

 

Here are six steps you can take to refresh and recharge your mental and emotional energy:

 

1. Take an Epsom salt bath. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy.

 

2. Stop worrying. Worrying drains the energy from your life. When you really analyze the things you worry about, you will realize that many (perhaps most) will never come true, and most are completely out of your control. If there are things you are worried about that you can control, stop worrying and take action instead. Action will create more positive energy and relieve the energy drain caused by the worry.

 

3. Set limits. Take Albert Einstein’s advice, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits”. Pushing yourself constantly beyond your physical and emotional limits is quite exhausting. You may feel like you have to do what you are doing to keep your job, but it is mentally and physically unhealthy to take on more than you can handle. Set limits on your time, make commitments that can be fulfilled within your comfort zone and learn to say no.

 

4. Right a wrong. Is there something in your life you need to apologize for? Is there someone you need to apologize to? Guilt is an all-consuming waste of mental and emotional energy - energy that could easily be recaptured by taking simple steps to apologize for. Righting a wrong will return positive energy many times over that expended, even more so if you right a wrong someone else committed.

 

5. Change mental frequencies. Put a photo of a loved one, friend or pet doing something positive and silly—the sillier the better—on your phone. Making those childish funny faces or facial expressions works great. Use as needed.

 

6. Choose to unplug. While we live in amazing technological times, it requires constant energy to remain plugged into your phone, tablet or car. Do you also “talk” to your doorbell, television remote and refrigerator? As valuable as these connections are, they can become tremendous energy drains. Make time to unplug, turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, and completely ignore the news. Hitting the off button can create more energy in your life.

 

And, if you’ve tried both physical and mental remedies and you STILL don’t have any “giddy up and go”, then you may need to explore spiritual remedies, especially if you feel alone and lack any motivation to do anything. But that’s a big topic that I’ll reserve for a future blog.

 

In the meantime, please tune into your body’s wisdom and see if it tells you which of the body and/or mental energy remedies you need.

 

Test drive at least one and let me know how it’s going.

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