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Top Five Ways to Have More Energy

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In a modern society, everyone is leading fast and busy lifestyles. Due to this kind of life, many people are constantly tired while feeling completely drained of all energy. Naturally, our productivity decreases on a daily basis. If you're reading this article, you're probably no different from the rest of us. You're spending your time wondering what can you do in order to help yourself. The most important thing you should know is that neither productivity nor energy improvement happens by accident. It's crucial to enrich your knowledge about different methods and possibilities, and then to live by them every single day.

Investigating the matter can be very confusing because there are many different ways to help you succeed and even more ways to help you fail. In continuation, you can find five effective ways of acquiring more energy.

Maybe these ways will help you too!

“Energy work is priceless. It makes every day extraordinary and transforms the mundane to the holy.”

— Silvia Hartmann

1. Fasting.

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Many cultures include fasting in their rituals, customs, and habits. The willing reduction or abstinence of some or all food and drink for a period of time has a huge impact on human bodies. It helps weight loss, prevents and treats diseases, and at the same time, it reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses. On top of everything, acute fasting affects cognition and mood, mostly in a positive manner. Intermittent fasting has enormous health benefits for the body and the brain.

Fasting directly influences the general mood of a person. It's also proven that there is a positive correlation between fasting and decreased feeling of fullness, glucose level, tension, and fatigue. Fasting increases the feeling of hunger and anger levels, at least in the beginning, but working memory, spatial orientation, and visual discrimination aren't affected. The effect that the fasting causes on human bodies, cognition, energy levels, and productivity is mainly positive. Combined with other methods correctly, the negative effects of fasting could be reduced or completely erased.

For people who are not too keen on stern fasting, there is always a way to change and regulate nutrition without being extreme.

There is one very important thing to remember: before you start anything, consult with your nutritionist first! If you're fasting safely and under regulation, the process will make your metabolism work more efficiently, and you will feel more stress-free and good about yourself.

2. Hydratation.

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You've probably heard this countless times, but it's essential to stay hydrated. Hydration is the term known to everyone: it’s a state where a person has an adequate amount of fluid within body tissues.

If human beings don't consume enough water on a daily basis, productivity, energy level, physical capability, and cognitive abilities will inevitably suffer. More than anything, water is probably the most necessary nutrient for the normal functioning of all living organisms.

The human body contains 45-70% of water inside its borders, therefore it has many functions: water serves as a regulator of body temperature, the lubricant of internal organs, the transporter of nutrients, provider of structure to cells, and it can also help the preservation of the cardiovascular function and regulation of weight. Water is proved to be important in the regulation of energy, productivity, and cognition. Other than that, it can significantly influence the mood and perception of reality. It's shown that even mild dehydration can cause a negative impact on physical and cognitive (attentiveness, memory, critical thinking) performance. Water balance is normally regulated inside the body every day, but due to inadequate intake, some deviations can occur: dehydration as a result of excessive fluid losses and not enough water consumption, and over-hydration, a consequence of constantly excessive water intake.

Water input comes from food, drink, and natural metabolic processes. It can have a huge effect on energy level and brain function. The need for water can vary from person to person and depends on many factors: environment, season, activity, stress, metabolism, types of consumed food, size, and countless others.

It's also proven that aspects of mood (fatigue, happiness, alertness, vigor) suffer due to water deprivation. To stay hydrated, make sure you’re drinking enough to satisfy your thirst, make an effort to drink regularly during summer and your physical activity. Overall, if you feel constantly tired and cannot focus on everyday tasks, increase your daily water input.

3. High-Intensity Exercises.

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Physical exercise is considered to be a part of physical activity, with the difference of being strictly planned, structured, and repetitive. The key to performing the physical exercise correctly is to do it frequently, intensively and with increased durability. Exercising can improve the energy level by strengthening the circulation and heart muscle; that means your body will be capable of producing more energy.

Basically, high-intensity interval training is characterized by short periods of vigorous activity and near maximal effort, followed by relaxation or low-intensity exercises. This kind of training lasts around half an hour, including warm-up and cool-down exercises. High-intensity exercise should be performed for around sixty seconds, while the recovery period can last up to four minutes. Training can be conducted as the process of bicycling, swimming or a whole-body exercising. High-intensity interval training has shown a positive long-lasting effect on brain function and energy levels.

Regular training can remarkably help in the fight against fatigue; exercising will boost energy and productivity. Performed with dedication and precision, high-intensity exercises can help a person acquire a more lasting effect. Along with everything, exercises help us find and keep our focus, and make us stay concentrated during the day while also feeling better about ourselves.

"Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood."

— Unknown Author

4. Small Tasks.

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One of the most important things that can help people to fight fatigue and productivity loss, is creating smaller tasks instead of trying to do everything at once. If a person keeps getting tortured by the feeling of being tired and drained, the best thing to do is take things slowly and sort out the priorities. The basis of productivity and high energy levels is setting the daily goals and deadlines, identifying the most important things to do, and most importantly, training the brain.

Set aside a couple of hours every day for both relaxation and training of the brain. Focus on completing the tasks that are relaxing, fun and stimulating at the same time. One of the best possible ways to engage in such activities is to take time for yourself when you feel you need it. Watch a movie, read a book, go for a walk, play a video game or socialize. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed and good. If you design your small tasks and methods and conduct them properly, while putting an effort, you'll progress soon.

After a while, you'll be as good as new!

5. Exposure to Light.

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The environment plays a huge role in energy cycles inside human beings every day. Light can serve as a modulator of the cognitive processes of the person, as well as an energy generator. If you constantly feel exhausted, the most basic thing that you’ll do is to expose yourself to fresh air and sunlight. People who experience higher levels of light exposure will by rule experience more vitality, energy, and ability to focus. It’s shown that exposure to life produces the same positive effect on people’s moods and energy as social and physical activities. The best possible time of the day to soak in some sunshine and increase your melanin and vitamin D level would be in the morning. It will give you enough energy to productively finish all your tasks during the rest of the day!

Without a doubt, people are highly exposed to artificial light while performing their daily tasks, especially cognitive ones. Exposure to this kind of light, most of all to the blue light, can produce a negative effect on human’s cognitive skills, energy levels, and productivity. When this happens, it’s important to deprive yourself of doing things that will expose you to this light until you fully recover from the negative effects of the process. Taking things slowly and focusing on other tasks will give you the time you need to heal yourself.

© 2020 Ivana Divac

Comments

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on October 17, 2020:

I like the method described in your article especially fasting and high-intensity exercise. Plus, I also think if we can get better sleep then we can have great energy for the next day. And your point related to the small task is very important and crucial. Nice article, my friend.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 11, 2020:

I used to fast regularly and have not done it in many years now. Maybe it's time to add it to my routine again. Thanks for the reminder.

Blessings,

Denise

Ivana Divac (author) from Serbia on June 16, 2020:

Thank you, JC Scull!

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on June 16, 2020:

Very good article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 16, 2020:

Ivana, you speak my mind. All the 5 ways were in harmony with each other. I like this article as a whole. Thanks.

Ivana Divac (author) from Serbia on June 16, 2020:

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 16, 2020:

I agreed completely.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 16, 2020:

This is a very good article full of excellent advice I never thought much about light and how it affected my health. Thank you for all this information.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 16, 2020:

Ivana, you speak my mind. All the 5 ways were in harmony with each other. I like this article as a whole. Thanks.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on April 28, 2020:

All of your ideas are great and many of these helped me to get the energy I needed when I did not have it. When I tried fasting for the first time, I was a little bit afraid of the idea, but doing fasting for a short time and occasionally leaves some positive results. I loved this article!

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on April 05, 2020:

You know I keep hearing about fasting as an option for a healthier life, but I have never tried it because the idea scares me. May have to try this intermediate fasting fad, hopefully it doesn't make me sick.

Great article!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 29, 2020:

This is an interesting list. I was surprised to see fasting in there. I tend to link energy with certain foods. I have heard that marathon runners and long distance cyclists stock up on pasta for energy.

Lorna Lamon on March 29, 2020:

A great article Ivana with lots of interesting ideas in how to stay motivated and feel more energetic. Very useful as so many of us are remaining indoors for long periods of time. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

BookLover on March 28, 2020:

Informative and useful. Great hub!