Last updated on April 15th, 2018 at 07:03 am
If you feel tired all the time, let me tell you – you don’t need to only drink green juice and meditate to improve your health and feel great. Here are 7 small changes that will bring more health, energy and clarity into your life.
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Who wakes up in the morning and thinks to herself:
“Today I just wanna feel like crap, let everything overwhelm me and then go to sleep.”
Well, I bet there are some people who actually might say that, but to make my case I’d answer: Nobody.
Most of us wanna feel full of energy, focused, happy, healthy and when the day is done – proud of the things we’ve done.
To be honest with you, lately I’ve been none of the above. For a few weeks I felt lethargic and somewhat overwhelmed with everything I “have” to do. Sleep? What is sleep? Food? Do lattes count? Exercise? Well I did take the stairs this one time.
I needed to get back to my basics. To the things that I know make me feel awesome when I actually do them.
So, last week I finally had enough of feeling like I don’t even have a physical body, like I’m just drained. I wrote down my little list and started working on it right away (which is also something I’ve struggled with for the longest time).
And tada – magic. Within a day, I started feeling more clear-headed, energetic and just healthy.
I even lost a pound (which hasn’t happened in a while not for lack of trying), so even if you want to lose some weight and you just can’t do it – these tips might help you.
7 Habits To Feel Healthy, Energized and Clear-Headed
1. Wake up at the same time, even on the weekend
I love how most health & weight loss tips out there include:
“Get some sleep and reduce stress.”
“Mkay…how?” (this is you asking confused and scratching your head)
“I don’t know, why you ask? I’m just telling you what to do.” (that’s the person who wrote the article)
Now I’m gonna take a chance and tell you, not only to get the 7.5h of sleep you need every night, but also to wake up at the same time. (and obviously go to bed at the same time).
This makes it easier to get into a routine and start getting better sleep to then have more energy and think clear. If I wake up one day at 6, the other at 8, I either feel tired throughout the day or cannot sleep in the evening.
Also do something realistic. Trust me, I’ve tried way too many times to wake up at 5 & finish a million things before everyone’s awake. I really wanted it to work. Result: I started begging for a nap at 9am. So 7:00 is a lot more humane to me.
2. Sit up straight & stretch your arms up
Now this will boost your mood, energy, improve your posture and even your confidence. We don’t realize it most of the time, but posture has major impact on the chemistry of our bodies. Rumor has it, sitting up straight might even help with depression and anxiety. Read this article for more benefits of a good posture.
3. Do 5-10 minutes of exercise every morning – right after you wake up
One of my favorite things and something I recommend everyone I meet. Whether they ask me for a tip or not, I just tell them: Exercise!
Exercise in the morning will boost your energy, help you clear your mind and get your body ready for the day. I mostly like to start with some yoga – here are seven of my favorite morning yoga workouts.
4. Eat raw foods with every meal
Raw foods are like little angels in disguise. I’m not talking about raw meat. Talking about raw nuts, vegetables, fruits, seeds.
All these plants are shown to reduce inflammation and are probably the nutrient-densest foods in the world.
Thus if you eat these more often you’ll be less fatigued and you’ll be giving your body the nutrients it needs to perform better & be healthier.
So make a large portion of your meals raw foods.
I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest energy vampires is being on my phone and checking messages and status updates.
I did this last year with facebook, whatsapp and my emails.
In the beginning it was the hardest thing ever – I was used to checking these things probably every hour, if not more often.
After a couple of days I didn’t miss it and was way more focused and a lot happier. Plus I was able to do so many things that were important to me.
Today I check my emails/whatsapp once a day and facebook probably once a month. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
6. Read or listen to an audiobook
So what are you gonna do when you’re not on social media and checking your email?
Well, a good way to distract yourself from all stress is reading or listening to an audiobook. Something that can lift your spirit and make you feel happier.
This will help you sleep better in the evening and it will help you relax, so you can recharge and have more energy the next day.
I love The Alchemist. It’s one of the most inspiring stories I’ve read or heard. Whenever I feel down or confused and don’t know what I’m doing, where I’m going – I just read a little bit and it immediately makes it all better.
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7. Have a plan
Having a plan can take so much stress off of you. And stress as you might know is not good for your health + it wastes A LOT of energy. Not to mention that it’s harder to think clear when you’re stressed out.
Whether it’s deciding upfront what you’re gonna wear, what you’re gonna eat, which workout you’ll do & when you’ll do it – when you decide upfront – you’ll be more focused and won’t waste your energy on decisions that aren’t actually so important.
You’ve probably heard about decision fatigue and well, having a plan will help you get rid of this.
I know for me when I had this workout plan and just stuck to it – I not only did my workouts at the same time every morning, but I was less stressed and I didn’t spend too much time overthinking whether this is the right workout to do or not. Which otherwise I do often. I just made a decision upfront and followed through.
But here’s the key: I was willing to try and I didn’t have regrets. If I didn’t enjoy a workout – I’d make a note and not repeat it.
Things won’t always go as planned, but to me even if 50% go as planned it’s still worth it.
There. These were the 7 small things that make me feel healthy, energized and clear-headed. I do hope they help you as well! Now, because I’m always looking for ways to get better, I’m curious if there are things you do for more energy and clarity?
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