Things You Can Do Today to Double Your Energy"
by Frederic Patenaude
Admit it, there are times when you
wish you could just feel more energetic
and get more done. Don't you just hate
it when you feel like hiding under your
bedsheets, and yet more and more things
come up that you have to deal with?
Though mastering the energy game is
a complex topic, I'd like to give you
7 things you can do anytime you need
an extra boost.
Breathing is one of the best ways not
only to calm yourself but also to energize
your body. Whenever you start feeling
overwhelmed, take one minute to do a
simple deep-breathing exercise.
Here goes: Sit in a comfortable position,
then breathe in for 5 counts, hold your
breath for 5 counts, and breathe out
for 5 counts.
Repeat for approximately 1-2 minutes,
One of the best ways to feel more energetic
is to combine stretching, movement and
breathing with yoga. It works like a
charm every time, but you probably think
you have to spend an hour doing it.
Not so! Just 15 minutes of yoga give
tremendous benefits. Practicing a few
“sun salutations,” along
with a back bend and a few more postures
will really make a difference in your
Another possibility, which is just as
powerful or even more so, is to spend
ten minutes practicing the five Tibetans,
a simple series of exercises that anyone
can do and that give tremendous benefits.
(For more information, go
to this link).
3. Wait for True Hunger ... Or Eat!
Depending on how you feel, you can either
eat to gain more energy, or wait.
Why the two diverse options? The reason
is that tiredness can either be caused
by your body trying to “detox”
the previous meal, or simply due to
the fact that you haven't eaten enough.
If you're in “detox,” you
might feel a little depressed or irritable.
Your stomach might make all sorts of
In that case, I find that when I fast
a few hours until I feel “truly
hungry” - I will gradually feel
more energetic as my body is restored
But if you have eaten well lately, then
try the following drink for quick energy.
The water, the electrolytes (like sodium
in the celery) and the natural sugar
will help recharge your batteries.
- 1-3 bananas
- 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2-3 stalks of celery
- 1 to 2 cups of water
Blend and enjoy!
One of the main reasons people feel
tired is that they are dehydrated. It
happens very often in hot weather. You
can easily forget to drink. If you feel
tired for no apparent reason, it's warm
outside and you haven't been to the
bathroom in the last 2 hours, then you
should drink a liter of water and watch
If you were dehydrated, you will immediately
feel more energetic.
5. Dump Your Brain
Often you may feel overwhelmed by everything
on your schedule, especially if you
don't know exactly where to start to
get things done. This is a major energy-drainer.
Trying to keep things in our brain becomes
extremely draining when there are more
things than we can keep in mind at one
Here's one quick solution: Take out
a bunch of sticky notes. Write down
as many things as you know you have
to do. Write one item per sticky note.
Literally dump out your brain. Then
organize the stickies by category, and
identify your top 3 priorities.
For each of those 3 priorities, identify
the very next action you have to take
to get it done. Then schedule a time
to do this.
When you do this, you will immediately
feel yourself coming back to life, and
your energy will instantly double.
6. Clean Up Your Space
Untidy or messy surroundings are a major
drain of energy. Especially when getting
through the mess seems overwhelming.
My suggesting is to spend 15 minutes
to clean up, and see what happens.
What I recommend is actually timing
yourself. I personally use a countdown
timer. I set it to 15 minutes and then
get as much done as possible in those
15 minutes, like a race!
Try this and you'll find that so much
can be done to clean up your environment
in just 15 minutes. You'll feel your
mood instantly change and your energy
7. Find a Program That Works
The best thing you can do to keep your
energy up is to pay attention to the
factors that influence your health.
Those factors include: eating a good
diet based on fruits and vegetables,
getting sufficient nutrients, training
your body in the 5 areas of fitness,
mastering your sleep, and more (there
are more than 21 in total).
Your health program should focus on
mastering these different factors of
health - not just diet - and show you
how to become a high-energy person!
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