The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
Raise your hand if you would welcome an improvement in your energy and vitality. My hand’s up!
According to Ayurveda, we are literally made of energy and that energy is one of our most precious resources.
I have learned from Ayurveda to think of energy stores like a bank and that precious bank of energy supplies us with the power to handle the daily tasks that need to get done, and also with energy to heal ourselves, maintain our wellbeing, and source more joy in our lives.
Each day we make withdrawals and deposits to and from our energy bank. The trouble is we live in a culture that encourages us to use more than we put back. For better or worse, we live in a society that places a tremendous amount of value on a very active and busy lifestyle. Too often, we allow our most vital energy to be drained by over-working, over-giving, over-scheduling, and over-doing. We don’t put our wellbeing first and we wind up mentally, physically and emotionally spent.
Many of you have been telling me you are feeling deep fatigue at the end of the day and desire more energy. I know when I am undernourished and overworked, I feel that way too.
Here are some simple things you can do to boost your energy, naturally:
Honor your need for rest.
I know, you know, you need to sleep but rest is different than sleep. Our bodies and minds need rest and most of us don’t get enough of it. A recent study outlined seven specific areas in our lives that we all need to rest more often. We need physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social and creative rest. If you’re over scheduled and over worked pick one of the types of rest and give yourself a break from the activities that are draining you.
Choose more high prana foods.
Prana is vital life giving energy. One of the places prana is contained is in fresh whole foods. When you need more physical energy then you need to look at the quality of fuel that you’re giving your body. Processed or packaged foods are low on the pranic spectrum, while fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods are high in prana. An easy rule to follow is, the fresher the food, the greater the prana vs, the longer the shelf life, the lesser the prana. Bottom line is to eat more real food and less of the stuff that comes in a box, can or is pre-packed.
The other day I was watching something that was laugh out loud funny. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes and my belly hurt. I realized two things from that experience: 1) I need more laughter in my life and 2) my fit of giggles totally energized me. I was telling my husband about my realization that I could use a little more laughter in my life, and he said that’s why he reads the funnies every morning.
Joy is a great source of energy and if there are more joyful moments in each day, you’ll have more energy for even your most dreaded task. Make a short list of the little things that bring you joy and start doing more of those things.
Ultimately, finding the delicate balance between what fuels you and what depletes you is essential for sustaining energy.
Wishing you Vibrant Living