Do You Know Where Your Energy Is?
By Max Izenberg
Keith works in a very busy manufacturing plant as a
controller and although he thoroughly enjoys his job, he has noticed
a lack of energy during the workday. This is a recent occurrence in
his life, since he has always prided himself on his energetic
disposition. As a matter of fact, it was this particular
characteristic that enabled him to obtain his last salary increase.
Now he wonders what is happening and how he can reverse this lack of
enthusiasm that is so troubling.
Amanda is a highly successful attorney who decided to work
from home part-time after her second child was born. Previously she
worked a very busy 10-hour day with no noticeable loss of energy.
Now, like Keith, she finds she is also running out of gas quite
early in the day.
These two people are not alone with this dilemma. It seems
to be a universal problem and, unfortunately, is not always confined
to the workplace. Studies indicate almost 45 percent of people
complain about a lower level of energy most of the time. Lack of
energy, if not addressed, can lead to a lower quality of
productivity and decreased motivation – problems that could result
in losing that promotion or even one’s job, and also affect those at
home who are trying to accomplish their work.
So how do we deal with this challenge? Here are some
successful approaches to handling the tiresome problem of losing
Eat a nourishing
Too many people eat
breakfast on the run or maybe skip it altogether. This is simply
not a good choice since breakfast is the most important meal of the
day. It is essential in establishing your frame of mind, both
mentally and physically, for the rest of the day. Thus, breakfast
should consist of good proteins and carbohydrates such as fruit, an
omelet, and whole wheat toast. Skimping on this crucial meal will
drag you down by mid morning.
Make your first
If you have that
caffeinated pick-me-up drink or that chocolate bar, you may obtain
some temporary energy, but by mid-afternoon you will be fighting
those yawns. Keep some healthy snacks on hand such as crackers and
cheese or nuts and raisins. These types of foods combine protein
and carbohydrates – hence they will aid in your quest for energy and
help stave off hunger until lunchtime.
Drink plenty of
Many times we think we are hungry or we may feel a headache
approaching – both conditions can lead to loss of energy. These
symptoms could be due to simple dehydration – lack of enough water
in your system. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily will ensure
your body will run more efficiently and energetically.
If your work confines you to a desk most of the day, you need
to get up every hour and stretch for a couple of minutes. This will
revitalize and energize you, make you feel better, and help to
relieve those aching muscles in the neck and lower back – aches that
sap your energy.
stress getting you down? Make deep
breathing part of your day. It’s fast, easy and you
can even do this while sitting at your desk. Take three very deep
breaths consistently during the course of the day to help energize
you and feel less stressed.
Walk those extra
Exercise is a proven factor in obtaining more get-up-and-go. How
about getting off the bus or subway one stop before you ordinarily
would? If you are in a building with an elevator, walk up those
flights of steps. If you drive to work, try parking a block away.
Eat a light healthy
Skip the sauces, desserts, and heavier types of meals. Instead opt
for a salad with chicken or a sandwich on whole wheat bread
consisting of tuna fish. And save the soda or alcoholic beverage
for another time. The sugar in those drinks will boost your blood
sugar levels for a short time and then send them crashing down.
Eating a lighter and healthier lunch almost guarantees your body
will not have to expend extra energy in the digestion process, which
will further deplete those reserves.
Laughter is the
It has been proven
that humor mitigates stress and that positive thoughts and laughter
promote good energy. Start looking at that glass half full and
laugh at life’s smaller problems rather than taking them to heart.
These are both panaceas for your heart and your energy.
Get a good night’s
Sleep has been referred to as a mini-vacation for your body, since
your body repairs itself while you rest. Some constructive means to
achieve that improved level of sleep would be exercise, meditation,
yoga, or eating less food in the evening. Waking up in the morning
ready to take on your day presents an extremely powerful tool for
putting the “oomph” back in your body.
So if your vitality, focus and concentration are on the wane, and
you’re ready to call it a day first thing in the morning, try these
proven methods. They will help to replenish your tank and you will
be able to call on that newfound energy to carry you through the
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