Feeling energetic is a key to feeling happy. It gets you moving, keeps you moving, and motivates you into action. On the other hand, when you are feeling exhausted, tasks that would otherwise bring you joy can seem overwhelming and daunting.
Here are some tips to keep your energy level high so you can be your best self!
- Exercise—even a quick ten-minute walk will increase your energy and boost your mood. This really works! Try it!
- Listen to lively music.
- Get enough sleep. If the alarm blasts you out of a sound sleep every morning, you’re not getting enough—and it matters.
- For some people, taking a 10-30 minute nap is a big help.
- Act energetic. Research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up. Acting energetic will make you feel more energetic.
- Talk to friends. I’ve noticed that if I’m feeling low, and then run into a friend on the street, I walk away feeling much more energetic. Reach out if you need a boost.
- Get something done. Crossing a nagging chore off your to-do list provides a big rush of energy. For a huge surge, clean out a closet. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel afterward.
- Do NOT use food. It’s tempting to reach for a carton of ice cream when you’re feeling listless, but in the end, all those extra calories and sugar will just drag you down.
- Realize that Doing SOMETHING feels a whole lot better than doing NOTHING. When you can't think of ANYTHING to do, remind yourself of this motto, get up, and just do SOMETHING, anything, and it will recreate your energy.
- Take a walk around the block. Let the sun and fresh air rejuvenate you.
Energy (or lack of energy) is contagious. If you feel energetic, you’ll help the people around you feel energetic, too. And that makes them feel happier, too. In fact, studies show that being an energizer was one of the strongest predictors of a positive performance evaluation at work.
Today's tip is inspired by Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling The Happiness Project. She wrote the book after test-driving several claims and theories on happiness.