We all have had those moments where we feel like we could run a marathon. We are so full of energy and life that nothing seems impossible. Unfortunately, these moments are often fleeting, and we can find ourselves struggling to summon the same level of energy day after day. This is where self-renewal comes in.
Self-renewal is the process of recharging your physical, mental, and emotional batteries so that you can approach each day with enthusiasm and vitality.
When you take the time to renew yourself on a regular basis, you will find that you have the energy and drive to live your best life and be your best self. Here are some ways you can continue incorporating self-renewal into your daily life.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Most people need around eight hours of sleep per night in order to function at their best during the day. If you find yourself frequently tired or reliant on caffeine to get through the day, chances are you are not getting enough restful sleep. Experiment with different bedtimes and wake-up times until you find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick to it as much as possible. You will be amazed at how much better you feel when you are well-rested!
Experiment with power naps as well. If you are feeling tired, taking a quick 20-30 minute nap can help refresh your mind and body. Just be careful not to nap for too long, as this can make it harder to fall asleep at night. You can even try taking a power nap at work.
Taking power naps at work can be a great way to refresh your mind and increase your energy levels during the day. However, when taking a power nap at work make sure you follow company policy on this matter. Many employers are recognizing the importance of sleep as a productivity and safety measure and are building sleep pods and quiet rooms for over-tired employees.
Even if employers are open to power naps at work, this does not excuse you from getting a good night’s sleep on your own. As mentioned above sleep is an important ingredient for your health and well-being. On the other hand, employers should not use their power nap policy as an abusive productivity measure.
If power naps are acceptable at your places of work here are some tips for making them effective.
By following these tips, you can take effective power naps at work and increase your productivity and energy levels throughout the day.
2. Eat healthily
What we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we feel both physically and mentally. When we fuel our bodies with nutritious food, we give ourselves the energy we need to power through our days. Remember though, processed foods and sugary snacks may give us a quick burst of energy, but it is quickly followed by an inevitable crash. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet for sustained energy throughout the day.
Remember as well, that dehydration can cause tiredness and feelings of sluggishness. Drinking plenty of water throughout your day can help you feel energized and alert.
Water is essential to the proper functioning of our bodies and dehydration can cause a number of negative effects, including fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Therefore, drinking enough water throughout the day can help keep you feeling energized and alert.
The recommended amount of water intake varies depending on factors such as age, sex, weight, and physical activity level. As a general guideline, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend that men aim to consume about 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of fluids per day and women aim to consume about 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of fluids per day.
In addition to water, you can also consume other hydrating fluids such as herbal tea, coconut water, or fresh juice. However, it's important to limit your intake of beverages that are high in sugar or caffeine, as these can have negative effects on your energy levels.
If you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day, here are a few tips:
By staying hydrated, you can help keep your body functioning at its best and maintain high levels of energy throughout the day.
3. Get Moving
Physical activity is one of the best ways to increase your energy levels. Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but it also benefits our mental health as well. When we get our heart rates up and break a sweat, we release endorphins—the “feel-good” hormones—which can help reduce stress and improve our moods.
The type of physical activity you choose doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective. Even moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk or gentle yoga, can help boost your energy levels. It’s best to choose an activity you enjoy, as this will make it more likely that you will stick with it. For example, you may enjoy going for a walk outdoors, taking a dance class, or practicing the myriad of different sports out there.
Even if you do not have time for a vigorous workout, taking a brisk walk or going for a light jog can do wonders for your energy levels. Just make sure to listen to your body and not overdo it!
4. Take Breaks
It is important to take breaks throughout the day in order to rejuvenate ourselves both mentally and physically. When we push ourselves too hard without taking any time to relax, we can quickly become overwhelmed, stressed out, and burnt out. Make sure to schedule some “me” time every day—even if it is just 20 minutes! Use this time to do something calming, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or meditating. You will be amazed at how refreshed you feel after taking some time for yourself.
Taking breaks at work is important for maintaining productivity and energy levels throughout the day. Here are some ways to effectively take breaks at work:
By taking regular breaks throughout the day, you can help maintain high levels of productivity and energy and reduce stress and burnout.
By incorporating daily self-renewal routines into your life, you will give yourself the opportunity to approach each day with enthusiasm and vitality. When you make your well-being a priority, you will find that you have the energy and drive to live your best life and be your best self! Try implementing some of the tips above into your daily life and see how much better you feel!
Thank you for reading and stay safe, keep healthy, and remember to continue becoming the best version of yourself.
If we want is to live a happy, healthy life and achieve our goals, then we will need to pay attention to our mental health. Let’s not wait until we find ourselves seriously struggling mentally or facing a diagnosed illness. Ignoring our mental health can play havoc on our everyday lives. It can drain our energy, motivation, focus and our concentration, and increase our stress. If left unchecked, it can lead to more deeper issues like anxiety and depression. Here are five ways that will help us keep mentally fit.
1. Stress Management
You know sometimes we don’t even realize how much stress affects our daily lives. Continuous stress builds up over time and slowly we find we are not sleeping well, skimping on our diet, or living in a state of fog. Living under stress can lead us to fatigue, hair loss, muscle pain, weight changes, infertility and a negative approach to life.
Certainly we can’t cut out every stressful situation in our lives. However, we can learn to let go of what we can’t control and mitigate those things that do cause us stress. For example, we can’t control how busy our office gets at certain times or how other people act. These situations may agitate us. When we feel that way, we can take a time out and focus on something else, preferably a happy though, a positive affirmation, or just smile at the situation.
2. Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is not only good for our bodies it is also good for our minds. A simple thing like scheduling a short workout to start our day will pay dividends in lifting our mood and spirit. A 20-minute cardio routine is a perfect way to kick off the day. Studies show that brisk ten-minute walk three times a day is as healthy as a 30 to 45 minutes workout.
3. Go Unplugged
These days it is so easy to be constantly connected. Our phones are practically tethered to our hands. Often, we turn to it and unconsciously open a social media app. Before we know it, we’ve wasted 15-minutes scrolling aimlessly. Not only that, we are jarred into reviewing the latest breaking news which in turn triggers an avalanche of emotions that seems to be outpouring from all corners of the world. Suddenly, we are caught in that avalanche and we feel our emotions escalating to a higher pitch. That’s just for starters. That doesn’t even take into account how we interrupt ourselves to look at a notification or attempt to multi-task. Always being connected encourages plenty of bad habits.
Let’s do ourselves a major favor and unplug for a few hours or maybe for a whole day. Can we take the plunge and just put our phones on the “do not disturb’ mode, and spend our day untethered? Hey, we may find that we are re-engaging with people face to face, communicating with others, and enjoying nature. Isn’t that novel?
4. Walk Away
It doesn’t matter what we’re dealing with it’s important to understand when to walk away (or take a break) from a situation. It’s easy to stick at it and give in to frustration, but a short break can make all the difference.
5. Make Healthy Choices
What do you do when you feel hunger pains in the mid-afternoon? Do you wander over to the vending machine and grab a candy bar or a bag of chips? Perhaps, you brought a snack with you, but it’s not much better for you than what you found in the vending machine.
By making a simple healthy choice in times like this, we can positively influence our mental health. The best thing to do is to choose a snack that’s low on the Glycemic index, offers plenty of fiber and moderate protein. This helps us regulate our appetite. For example, take a small handful of raw nuts or a piece of cheese and top it off with a piece of fruit is more healthy for us.
What we are attempting to do here is to train our brain to get the same pleasure from healthy choices as it does to the junk it’s become accustomed to. Achieve this one dietary behavior at a time. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
It may not be easy to follow the tips above, especially if you are struggling with a mental health episode. However, once you start taking steps to apply some of the changes suggested you will see the difference in how you feel. Others will notice, too. We all experience mental health struggles from time to time, but these five tips can help us stay on track in improving our mental health.
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Any worker in America can attest to just how bad working can be on your health. Whether it's sitting at a desk for eight hours, looking at a computer screen or spending your shift on your feet, running around an emergency room treating patients. We risk repetitive strain injury, stiff joints, eye strain, and back pain. One of the biggest risks of our working life, though, is weight gain, especially for busy professionals.
Even those who are on their feet during their workday face challenges – they're busy, they turn to sugary food to keep them going and it's difficult to break the weight habit. There is good news, though, here are five fitness tips for the busy professionals among us.
It's the greatest thing you can do for your health. Not only does it improve your focus on overall performance the following day, but it means you are more likely to make the right dietary decisions. When you choose the right foods you feel better, you're more likely to have the energy to do those exercises, your mood improves, and it can even influence your sex life.
If you want to maintain your fitness you have to plan ahead. One of the biggest downfalls of any lifestyle is the inability to maintain it. So, if you know you're prone to grabbing junk at lunch, make sure you prepare your lunch the night before (the same goes for your breakfast and dinner). If you constantly forget to grab your gym bag, leave it at the door or somewhere you will see it for when you need it. The magic number when it comes to moderate exercise is 150 minutes – it is more easy to achieve than you think.
Switch Up Your Commute
Provided you live fairly close to your workplace – you can leave the car at home and hop on a bike or just walk. Not only will it save you money, it also helps protect the environment. Look at you, thinking of others and improving your health!
Lunch Break Performance
If this isn't possible, consider going for a walk on your lunch break – the fresh air will do you good. You can walk to a park to eat lunch or walk to a healthy eatery where you know there's time for you to dine well and get your steps in. It will also provide you with an energy boost, you will find your afternoon at work goes in quicker, too.
If travel is a regular part of your business, then you know just how difficult it can be to exercise and to eat well. The first thing you should do is start keeping a food diary – then you can track what you're eating while traveling, as it's easy to lose track. When it comes to exercise, check ahead to see if your hotel has a gym. If it doesn't, you can track a path to walk or jog and see if there is a gym in the vicinity.
Work gets busy, but there are plenty of ways you can find time for fitness. In addition to the tips above, you can skip the elevator and always choose the stairs. You may be surprised at how many calories you burn doing the housework. To save time, try to find a gym that's on your way home from work – you can slip in a few nights a week for a quick workout. Start your day with a short spiritual exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, and tackle the day with the energy and vigor it deserves.