YOU NEED ENERGY for life. Energy is essential for work. Dreams and goals are useless if you lack energy.
The definition of energy is one of those I don’t and can’t forget. It is the ability or capacity for work. It simply means that energy is correlated with work. No energy, no work. The higher the energy levels, the higher the output of work and vice versa.
The implication is that you need high levels of personal energy on a daily basis to pursue and live your dreams.
Any day you wake up and realize that you lack personal energy and momentum, the day is almost over for you because there’s little or nothing you can accomplish when energy is lacking.
For you to be able to take advantage of all the possibilities around you, and to have continuous enthusiasm that keeps you motivated and always moving ahead, you need to organize your life in such a way that you feel terrific and highly pumped up for action every passing day.
So what I wish to do now is highlight 4 tips you can imbibe for your daily personal energy program. These tips are helpful in keeping you in the right physical, mental and emotional state for harnessing your day. I’m personally learning to practice these tips myself.
Tip # 1: Proper Rest
We all know that lying, stealing, cheating and the likes are sinful acts. But many of us do not know it is also a sinful act to not give ourselves proper rest.
Rest is a strategy. It is a form of spiritual exercise. It is giving yourself a break to recover the most energy you’ve used up thinking and executing ideas, working and wearing yourself out.
Proper rest means two things: sleeping and relaxing. It means taking out time everyday when you are not doing any work – physical or mental. A period you just relax your mind and body.
Eight hours of good sleep has been recommended as the best medicine for revitalizing oneself both physically and mentally. And I mean night sleep. There’s a reason sleeping at night is the best form of rest. In fact according to one study by WHO, working through the night instead of sleeping was found to increase the risk of cancer.
The study explains that the theory behind this has to do with the body’s melatonin (hormone) levels and the changes the body experiences when forced into staying awake during a time when there is no natural sunlight.
Am I suggesting sleeping away your life every night? Certainly not. For there are times when you can’t but wake up before dawn to set some things in order. However, the advice is to regulate how you do this. Sleep early, wake early. This will increase your energy level, your productivity level, and even your life span.
Tip # 2: Positive Mental Attitude
Some people are prone to waking up from the wrong side of the bed in the morning. It is important to note that the attitude you put up in the early hours of the morning while you rise from the bed holds the key to what the rest of the day would look like for you.
Negative emotions or attitudes like worry, anger, bitterness, ingratitude, complaining, and so on are energy dissipators. For example it is said that one outburst of anger can consume as much energy as 8 hours of regular work. Anger and other negative emotions have been associated with the release of a hormone called Cortisol which when in excess can lead to nervous breakdown.
Negative attitudes are depressants. They depress your mind and body. They disempower you by destabilizing your immune system, making you susceptible to all kinds of illnesses.
More so, they undermine your confidence and enthusiasm and lower your ability to perform effectively in the key areas of your life.
In essence, to keep your energy at the high level demands that you consciously cultivate positive attitudes on a daily basis. Be grateful. Instead of worrying about the things you don’t and can’t have, celebrate the things you already have. Choose to see abundance even in the midst of the worst conditions. By all means, stay positive.
Tip # 3: Proper Diet
This means three things: eating the right foods in the right proportion at the right time.
The energy we need for both mental and physical work is trapped in food stuffs. Nonetheless, the kinds of foods, the proportion and the timing must be balanced in order to provide you with useful energy.
The first recommendation here is water. Your body needs enough water for high performance. When your body is dehydrated, the cells, tissues and organs are in great danger.
Water is a detoxifier. Lots of water in the body will continually help to flush out toxins, salts, and other wastes and residues that can build up in your system and slow you down.
Generally, 8 glasses of water per day is recommended for combating the normal water loss that occurs as a result of work. However, this may vary with the weight and size of individuals.
The best form of diets for your daily energy program include fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods like pasta and rice, lean source proteins like fish and egg, vitamins and mineral supplements.
Other kinds of diet especially fats should be taken moderately to avoid overweight which leads to energy loss and health problems.
Avoid the 3 white poisons: flour, sugar and salt. These are mostly contained in processed (junk) foods and canned products like snacks, alcohol and most drinks.
Eat at proper times and don’t overeat. Don’t form a habit of eating late at night because the metabolism rate is slower during such periods and this can lead to metabolic dysfunctions resulting in other kinds of health problems.
Tip # 4: Proper Exercise
If you are like me whose heart tend to jump off the cliff anytime the idea of exercising surfaces, I want you to know that there’s no need for that.
No-one is asking you to start going to the gym everyday, except of course, you are under a fitness program to reduce weight or something.
Exercise as a way of keeping fit physically is basically about consciously doing something everyday to flex your muscles and increase your heart rate.
Proper exercise is firstly about bringing your heart rate up into what is called the training zone at least 3 times per week. The normal heart rate is 70 beats per minute. The training zone is keeping your heart rate at about 120 to 160 beats per minute for at least the next 20 minutes.
You can do this by walking 2-3 miles, three days a week. “I don’t think I have time for that,” you say. Well, have you thought about trekking to work or school. Instead of always picking a taxi or climbing from one bike to the other you can decide to wake up early enough every 3 days in the week and trek from your house to your workplace or school.
Early morning push-ups, jogging and cycling can also be incorporated into the scheme to help flex and keep your muscle tone at a high level.
Enough said, now take a look at the 4 tips again, what and what can you start doing in response to your daily personal energy program. Remember, without high levels of mental and physical energy, you are going nowhere with your dreams and visions.