Welcome back to the Barrel & Co. blog!
Dan here, and I'm ready to take on this Monday!
Although I have naturally high energy levels, there are days when I have slumps just like everyone else.
So to help you out, I'd love to share 3 quick & easy ways to increase your energy!
1. Lower Caffeine Intake & Eventually Stop Drinking It Altogether
I know this sounds crazy, but let's think critically for a second.
Caffeine is an addictive stimulant, and just like every other stimulant, it has a high and an inevitable crash. How does the average person reverse or avoid the crash?... Drink more caffeine.
It's a vicious, never ending circle that will leave you dehydrated, baggy-eyed, and inevitably chronically exhausted.
I quit accidentally - I got a head cold and decided to hop up my Vitamin C & water intake, and accidentally cut out Monster & coffee. I already felt terrible from the cold, so the withdrawals weren't too bad.
However, ever since I quit, my energy levels are way higher and more sustained, my mood is elevated & stable, and my sleep quality increased.
I know it is a drastic lifestyle change, and it's asking a lot from yourself, but the end results are well worth it.
2. Hydrate Yourself!
According to Medical Daily
, "75% of Americans May Suffer from Chronic Dehydration." That is a lot
Also, according to WebMD
, the average person should drink an ounce of water per pound of body weight. So for example, if someone weighs 150 lbs, they should drink 150 oz of water daily, or roughly 1 1/4 gallons.
I know this goes hand in hand with the previous tip, but you can still drink caffeine and increase your water intake with a noticeable difference in energy levels.
Some dehydration symptoms include lethargy, sleepiness, dizziness, and headaches. A quick fix of increased trips to the water cooler can fix all of this, and increase your energy.
3. Slow, Controlled, Purposeful Breathing
Such a simple thing can dramatically increase not only your energy, but also your mood and productivity.
The more oxygen is in our bloodstream, the more energized we become. It's a very simple concept.
In yoga, the breath is called 'prana', which translates to 'life force'. Using that logic, increasing our breathing increases our life force.
It can be as simple and easy as taking a moment to take a few deep, slow, controlled breaths. Or, you can follow one of my idol's breathing advice, Wim Hof
. His breathing techniques changed my life and will change yours too.
I'm sorry this list isn't complicated or difficult to understand, it's all very simple stuff!
We tend to over-complicate things due to the immense amount of energy and influence thrown at us daily between television and our phones, but I promise you, these 3 things will dramatically increase not only your energy levels, but also your quality of life.
What do you think of these tips? Good? Bad? Don't quit my day job?
Let me know in the comments!
Have a great Monday, let's make this week amazing!
Author / Iceman / Yoga Instructor
Barrel & Co.
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