Low energy can be a big problem in todays fast paced, jam packed world. With so many obligations from family to work to weekend events its no wonder low energy is so commonplace.
It can range from general lethargy to full-blown fatigue but most people experience some degree of low energy almost every day. Do you ever find yourself barely able to get out of bed? Maybe your just groggy and feel like you can’t concentrate but can navigate the day ok. Whatever if feels like there is a way to break the cycle and get your energy back!
Now don’t laugh but I’m going to start simple here by describing 2 obvious tricks that are overlooked by the majority of people. Understand these 2 things and your well on your way to better energy.
First, get enough rest. The general logic is 8 hours of sleep a night and yes this is good start. BUT also allow yourself to sleep in on weekends or days off and if you feel you need a nap and can spare the time DO IT! The human body is not designed for constant action and without enough genuine rest you have no hope of ever having natural sustained energy.
The second thing to do is this… right were you are sit up straight and take a deep breath in for 4 seconds. Hold it for 7 seconds. Then fully exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat this several times. Congratulations, you have just learned a simple breathing exercise and in the process given your body much more oxygen than it is likely used to getting. Most people nowadays are chronic chest breathers. That is to say they don’t take full breaths and are therefore oxygen deprived. Your entire body chemistry is dependent on getting enough oxygen. By constantly taking shallow breaths most folks are running a constant oxygen debt and it shows up as sleepiness, brain fog, anxiety, muscle weakness and more.
Another important things about breathing for those with anxiety… chest breathing (repeated shallow breaths) is what the body naturally does during fight or flight responses. Put another way breathing shallow breaths predisposes the body to a stress response while deep belly breathing predisposes us towards a relaxed state. This is why breath work is such an important part of yoga and mediation which have both been shown to fight stress. Just doing this simple breathing technique for a few minutes every hour or so increases oxygen levels in the blood and lowers stress!
Take a week and incorporate these 2 techniques into your daily routine. Once you have these down you have the makings of better health and can start to add more things with the diet, supplements and exercise!