Kick off the winter blahs and give yourself permission to have some fun! We know “all work and no play” leads to serious burn out, so give your energy a boost with these simple, fun habits.
1. Follow Your Bliss
Energy-Boosting Habit: Take a 15-minute daily bliss break.
Coping with stress on a daily basis requires a lot of energy, which leaves the average person completely drained. Guard your energy level from stress with a daily bliss break! Research tells us that joy boosts immune functions, and also increases the release of endorphins, the compounds that give you a sense of well-being in your brain and energize your spirit.
While taking a whole day off from duties is not usually possible, give yourself just fifteen minutes or a half hour during the day to do something fun. Surprise yourself! Try a new café at lunch break, take a walk somewhere new to you, sing your favorite song, watch a funny video, play with a furry friend, doodle a picture, or read a poem—whatever grabs you in the moment.
2. Energy Boost: Better Together
Energy-Boosting Habit: Spend 3 hours a week in the company of friends.
Carve out little free time after work and on the weekend to spend time with family and friends. Block out three hours of free time in your schedule once a week. When the time comes, spontaneously decide with your family or friends what you will do—go on a hike, have a game night, make a themed dinner together, or any other positive, creative, or outdoor activity that lets you enjoy each other’s company. You will get an energy lift that is contagious!
3. Drink a Cup of Energy
Energy-Boosting Habit: Try drinking a daily “pick-me-up” tea every day.
Ginseng has been considered the king of energy tonics for several thousand years in Chinese medicine. Unlike coffee, which stimulates the central nervous system, ginseng elevates energy gently. Ginseng has also been associated with a stronger immune system and an overall sense of well-being. Try a daily cup of ginseng tea and see if it doesn’t power up your day!
If ginseng is not your thing, make a tea from these herbs in any combination for a quick lift: bay, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, dill, garlic, ginger, leek, onion, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, and sage. All of these herbs and spices contain volatile oils that stimulate your senses and promote alertness.
4. Try an Energizing Foot Rub
Energy-Boosting Habit: Give yourself a foot rub every day.
An ancient set of gentle exercises called Dao-in qigong, or sometimes Chinese yoga, has an excellent reviving technique for low energy. Simply take one of your heels and rub it against the sole of your other foot until you feel heat in the massaged foot, then reverse the feet and repeat with the other heel. This rubbing massage activates a significant acupressure point for energy and vitality called Gushing Spring. Practice for 5 minutes with each foot—but not right before bedtime, as it is quite stimulating.