It’s time to give yourself permission to have some fun! We know “all work and no play” leads to serious burn-out, so give your energy a boost and try these simple habits inspired from my book the Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program.
Energy-Boosting Habit: Take a 15-minute daily bliss break.
Part of what has always made summer so fun, especially when we were children, is waking up with the feeling that the whole day is wide open to be enjoyed in any way at your leisure. The foremost cause of low energy is the stress of living in our fast-paced modern world. Coping with stress on a daily basis requires a lot of energy, which leave the average person completely drained. Guard your energy level from stress with a daily bliss break! Research tells us that joy boosts immune functions, and also increases the release of endorphins, the compounds that give you a sense of well-being in your brain and energize your spirit.
While taking a whole day off from duties is not usually possible, give yourself just fifteen minutes or a half hour during the day to do something fun. Surprise yourself! Take a picnic lunch at break, walk somewhere new to you, sing your favorite song, watch a funny video, play with a furry friend, doodle a picture, or read a poem—whatever grabs you in the moment!
Energy-Boosting Habit: Spend 3 hours a week in the company of friends.
Summer’s longer days also mean more free time after work and on weekends that can be spent with family and friends. Try to block out three hours of free time in your schedule once a week. Then spontaneously decide with your family or friends what you will do—go on a hike, pick fruit together, play games, make a themed dinner together, or any other positive, creative, or outdoor activity that lets you enjoy each other’s company. You will get an energy lift that is contagious!
Energy-Boosting Habit: Try drinking a daily “pick-me-up” tea every day.
Ginseng has been considered the king of energy tonics for several thousand years in Chinese medicine. Unlike coffee, which stimulates the central nervous system, ginseng elevates energy gently. Ginseng has also been associated with a stronger immune system and an overall sense of well-being. Try a daily cup of ginseng tea and see if it doesn’t power up your day!
Another tea option is to take advantage of the plentiful herbs that are freshly growing in the summer season. Make a tea from these herbs in any combination for a quick lift: bay, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, garlic, ginger, leek, onion, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, and sage. All of these herbs and spices contain volatile oils that stimulate your senses and promote alertness.
Energy-Boosting Habit: Practice the Dao-in foot rub every day.
An ancient set of gentle exercises called Dao-in qigong, or sometimes Chinese yoga, has an excellent reviving technique for low energy. Simply take one of your heels and rub it against the sole of your other foot until you feel heat in the massaged foot, then reverse the feet and repeat with the other heel. This rubbing massage activates a significant acupressure point for energy and vitality called Gushing Spring. Practice for 5 minutes with each foot—just not right before bedtime!
I hope that these 4 simple habits will transform your energy level and your health!
Check out the Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program for more simple steps you can take to boost energy and add years to your life! In addition, The Natural Health Dictionary makes a great companion to your quest for longevity. It is a comprehensive guide that answers all your questions about natural remedies, healing herbs, longevity foods, vitamins, and supplements.
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This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.
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