7 STEPS TO HAVING MORE ENERGY
by Melanie Mendelson
1. Get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation is the most common cause of low energy and
fatigue. Most adults need 8 hours of sleep every night. If
you are sleeping in late on weekends, it's a sign that you
don't get enough sleep during the week.
If you have to wake up early in the morning, go to sleep
earlier in the evening. Going to bed even 30 minutes
earlier can make a huge difference in your energy levels
during the day!
2. Reduce clutter.
Not being able to find anything among out-of-control piles
of papers is stressful. Clothes that you never wear, papers
that are falling everywhere and useless items that you feel
sorry to throw out can invade your space and take over your
Clutter causes stress and saps away energy. Dump all
unnecessary stuff in a big garbage can, and you'll be able
to breathe easier and have more energy.
3. Drink more water.
Being dehydrated makes you feel tired and irritable. If you
are not thirsty, that does not mean that you drink enough
water. By the time you feel thirsty it's too late - you are
Most people need at least 8 cups of water per day. The
easiest way to know that you are drinking enough is to buy
one of those "8 glass" water-bottles that they sell in most
4. Take a walk.
Sitting in the chair all day can make you feel stiff and
tired, and then you'd feel too lazy to get up, creating a
vicious cycle of inactivity.
Make it into a habit to take a walk every day, and your
energy levels will increase.
5. Break a routine.
Having the same old routine every day sucks out your soul
and steals your energy.
Do not allow yourself to get stuck in a rut! Do something
new on a regular basis.
6. See a friend.
Isolation is a recipe for bad mood and low energy. Even
when you don't feel like dealing with anyone, spending time
with a person whose company you enjoy will energize you.
7. Lose weight.
Carrying excess weight puts additional strain on the body.
Even an extra 10 lbs are hard to carry. Try lifting a 10 lb
sack of potatoes! Now imagine it being permanently attached
to you - day and night.
If you are overweight, your body has to work hard to
constantly carry around the extra pounds. Shed the excess
fat, and you'll feel lighter and more energetic.
© 2005 Melanie Mendelson