We often reach for stimulants such as coffee and tea or an “energy” drink to give us more energy to get through our busy days. Coffee and energy drinks are available at every corner, as the marketing world knows our weak points and takes full advantage of this.
But what are the alternatives to these ‘quick fixes’?
I am going to share a different perspective on how to view our energy levels.
Instead of searching for more energy, we need to start looking after the energy we already have.
Here are a few important questions to ask ourselves:
How am I ‘spending’ my energy throughout our day?
Do I let it go cheaply?
Am I aware of what makes me spend high amounts of energy each day?
Just like we save money for our future, we also need to save our energy and keep some in reserve. Here are two tips to start improving your energy saving skills and an unexpected nutritional tip to support you feeling more energised and alive.
Tip 1: Reflect on activities or people that drain your energy bank account
Once you have an awareness of what or who is negatively affecting your energy, you can either stop participating in the activity or the connection with the person.
If it’s not possible to stop this activity or connection, then do your best to come to it in a different way.
Explore what you can do for it not to drain your energy so much or even not at all.
One idea is to imagine a bubble of light or your favourite colour all around you while doing this activity or spending time with a person who negatively affects your energy.
Ask yourself why might your energy be getting drained when in the company of certain people. Maybe you change yourself to please a person?
It’s essential for us to remember that we don’t need to change who we are for anyone. Be aware first, and then gently do your best not to change your behaviour or personality for anyone.
This can be a constant journey of discovery but a very empowering one to support us to feel our best.
Tip 2: Follow your own nutritional rules
With so much nutritional advice and fitness advice available online, it is easy to become a follower of rules around food and exercise. We stop listening to our internal cues and instincts. I am all for guidelines and gaining knowledge about your body and health but not blindly following other people’s advice.
There are so many factors that change on a daily basis. These factors can affect our preferences and needs around food and movement. We have an inner guidance system we need to trust more so we can enjoy true and lasting health.
One example is drinking water
Is more always better?
Is it really too late to drink when we are thirsty?
I don’t believe so.
Like with hunger, we need to wait until we feel hungry before we eat as this means our digestive system is ready to break down our food optimally.
We often drink water because we feel we ‘should’ as it is healthy for us and not to wait until we feel thirsty. However, it is well known that excessive amounts of water can be very dangerous. We know that babies cannot be given water until they are six months old because they get all the hydration they need from milk. Even after six months they need very little water and only when thirsty.
We keep a delicate balance of minerals inside and outside our cells. When we drink too much water these vital electrolytes (minerals) become diluted and symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth, anxiety, cold hands and feet are signs of overhydration which leads to a lowered metabolism. A low metabolism means our cellular energy production is reduced, leading to low energy levels.
Contrary to the belief that the lighter the colour of our urine the better, clear urine can be a sign of overhydration and slower metabolism, which can lead to poor energy production. Another sign that you could be drinking too much water or too much tea or coffee is that you need to urinate less than every three or four hours.
If you think you are overhydrated, eat some unrefined sea salt and carbohydrates such as potatoes or spelt bread with some lovely real butter. If overhydrated it is a good idea to add a pinch of sea salt to your water and having some fruit juice in water is also a good way to keep your cells performing optimally.
Go easy on tea and coffee as these are diuretics, meaning they pull the minerals out of our blood which our body needs for energy and vitality. On the contrary, dehydration is an issue for people who drink very little water and over do it with teas and coffee.
Symptoms of dehydration are similar to overhydration. The colour of your urine will give you a good idea which one is your issue.
It all comes back to tuning into our body and taking time to notice what it needs.
My advice is to always stay curious and open-minded to nutritional advice. Take what suits you and leave the rest. I believe in coming back to the basics and keeping things simple and fun.
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