“Many cultures have used the concept of energy to help people achieve a more complete type of health. Energy helps us to see new ways in which the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of healing relate to one another.” – Astrid Pujari, MD
When you think about it, personal energy contributes to everything that we do – for better or for worse. When our energy is positive, we’re capable of doing just about everything and doing it well. On the other hand, when it’s negative, everything becomes that much more difficult.
Going a step further, when our energy is good, so is our health. Indeed, health and energy levels are inextricably linked. When we’re healthy, we’re brimming with positive energy. We’re more inspired, creative, driven, and bold. We’re ready to take on the world! The wonderful thing about good health and positive energy is that you can choose to create them. This fact should give you a sense of empowerment and joy!
Part of having high levels of positive energy – and good health – is embracing and prioritizing health-boosting habits.
Here we’re going to give you not one, not ten, but fifty health-boosting habits that will improve both your positive energy and sense of wellbeing!
Let’s do this!
Here are 50 energy-boosting tips to increase wellbeing:
This is number one for a good reason. Too many of us are shallow chest breathers. Deep breath = deep energy. Shallow breath = shallow energy.
Walk whenever and wherever possible.
Take the stairs, park away from the building, get outside during your breaks, etc.
Abstain from junk food.
Listen up, sugar is possibly the worst substance ever invented. It is nothing but empty calories that results in a nasty energy crash.
Eat good carbs.
Forget all of the nonsense about “zero carbs.” Good carbs – from fruit, veggies, etc. – are key to health.
Eat healthy fats.
Like carbs, some fats are better than others. The fat in pizza? Bad. The fat in an avocado? Good. Eat the good ones.
Take manageable bites of food and learn to savor the taste and texture of each bite.
Most of our body is made up of H20 – and we need lots of it. Aim for at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
Cut back on meats.
If you chow meat like Homer Simpson does donuts, dial it back a notch.
Do fun exercise.
Gosh, it’s annoying when people insist that exercise should be joyless and painful. Find something fun that also breaks a sweat. That’s exercise!
Don’t weigh yourself so much.
Perhaps nothing kills the motivation to live healthily than living by the scale.
Get to bed.
Yes, smartphones and all that are fun – but they can be harmful. Put them away when it’s lights out.
Try a digital sabbatical.
Building off #11, many of us use our phones way too much. Try going a day (or two) without them. (It’s glorious, by the way.)
Did you have parents who told you to “go outside and play”? Same thing goes as an adult! Sunshine and fresh air are good for you.
Meditation has demonstrated numerous benefits for your mental and physical health.
Keep your brain active by doing crosswords, Sudoku, or other similar activities. Your brain spawns new connections throughout life if you keep it active!
Do something nice.
A random act of kindness has a way of generating feel-good energy.
Refuse toxic company.
People who drain your positivity while consuming your time are energy vampires – stay away.
Regardless of your lot in life, there is always something for which to be grateful.
Connect with family.
Or reconnect; family is life.
Holding grudges drains your energy whether or not you realize it. Forgiveness is letting go, moving on, and freeing your energy to focus on the important things.
Play a kids game.
While this one may sound wacky, give it a go! You may just rediscover some long-lost youth! (Twister, anyone?)
Thank the people you meet on your daily journey, even if it’s for something small.
Smile at a stranger.
No, it’s not just you. The transfer of energy between two human souls is very real.
Do something you fear.
Confronting something you’re afraid of has a way of giving you massive confidence, and confidence begets energy.
Forget the chair.
Try standing and working whenever possible. You’ll feel a big energy boost!
Make alone time.
Too much interaction can drain your energy. Yes, extroverts, this even applies to you!
Take a power nap.
Even a 20-minute snooze can do some real good. Your brain will thank you!
Sit up straight.
Maintaining a straight posture encourages healthy blood flow.
Laugh at something.
Humor is the spice of life. Anyone who has watched some ridiculous animal video on YouTube when down, you know you agree.
Write things down.
Folks, we drain A LOT of mental energy by trying to remember stuff. Write it down instead.
Read a good book.
Reading a good old-fashioned book is still the best brain-booster.
Play with Fido.
Pets are great, aren’t they? Make sure you’re playing with yours on the regular.
Splash cold water.
A bit old-school? Perhaps. But nonetheless effective.
Get out and explore.
Our brain craves novelty. One of the best ways to give it what it wants is to go someplace new.
Cut back on the caffeine.
Caffeine is a serious double-edged sword. Used in moderation, it can provide excellent cognitive benefits. In moderation.
Try green tea.
While we’re on the subject of beverages, try drinking green tea. It is loaded with antioxidant and nutrients that have powerful effects on the brain and body.
Stop with the selfies.
Seriously, folks. You already know what you look like. Go for a walk or do some pushups. Do anything else, really.
Take a warm bath.
And add some Epsom salt. ‘Nough said.
Wake up earlier.
You shouldn’t be rushing around in the morning – it drains a LOT of energy. Solve this little problem by waking up 10 minutes earlier.
Darken your screen.
If you must work late, save your eyes by using an app like Flux. Too much computer time can disrupt your sleep and strain your eyes.
Take a few days off.
Why are you not using those vacation days? Seriously. Waiting…
Or meditation. Anything to take your mind off auto-pilot.
Okay, folks, this one is absolutely critical. Multitasking, besides being near impossible, is a huge energy cipher. Do one thing at … a … time.
Get a physical.
See a doc at least once a year and put your mind at ease.
Most Americans do not pay enough attention to their gut. Believe it or not, your gut has a big impact on how you feel (read: energy levels.)
Get a massage.
According to the Mayo Clinic, regular massages may be helpful in reducing anxiety, easing digestion, preventing headaches, eliminating joint pain, and curing insomnia.
Meditation, yoga, and now acupuncture. Even the most cynical scientists are being forced to cop to the benefits of age-old health practices.
Get rid of clutter.
The places where you live and work should be as minimalist as possible. Disorganization breeds frustration, which drains energy.
Manage your time.
You can’t effectively manage your energy if you don’t know where your time goes.
Practice gentle self-discipline.
Recognize when you’re off on a tangent and gently bring yourself back. No need to be too harsh with yourself.