I love to be energised and with it comes a need for organisation. I think I’ve become more organised particularly with each child I’ve had. I’ve got four children, just in case you’re wondering.
There have been times when I’ve been utterly exhausted. Too tired to move and doing anything, no matter how small, was a real chore. When I did get to collapse in my bed, I was out like a light. Over the years I’ve refined what I’ve done and I’m very mindful about my energy levels.
Here’s how I keep my energy levels up and how it can spill over into organisation:
1. Get plenty of rest
When you get up in the morning, how do you feel? Are you sluggish and half asleep? Most people tend to get by on 5-6 hour per night instead of 8 hours. When you don’t get enough sleep you could be grumpy, irritable and reduce your ability to handle stress. Most significantly, when you’re run-down you run the risk of becoming ill. That is a big drain on your energy!
….and it’s water I’m talking about. Drink at least 8 pints of water a day. If you drink fizzy pop it may take a few days for you to notice a difference whilst your system readjusts. I drink a small glass of water before meals to stave off any hunger pangs. It also works when I feel – mid morning or mid afternoon.
3. Eat good food
Eat food with a low glycemic index (low GI) which means carbohydrates are broken down slowly during digestion therefore you’ll feel fuller for longer. Examples of low GI foods are brown rice, grapes, porridge, apples.
High GI foods are fast burning and quickly turn to sugar so you’ll get an initial boost as the sugar gets into your blood then you’ll probably experience a trough. That means your energy ends up lower than it was originally. Examples of high GI foods are white rice, white bread, doughnuts.
4. Keep a positive attitude
Positive thoughts can add energy and it’s important to add to the mix. Even in difficult circumstances you can choose your attitude.
5. Exercise daily
Get out there on a daily basis. It really does help. I know you’ll be thinking “I’m too tired to do exercise” or “I don’t have enough energy”. When you exercise you will get a boost from your endorphins. You’ll feel refreshed and besides the exercise you may lose weight. It costs you extra energy to lug those extra pounds around.
6. Watch what you say
You may feel that sometimes your mouth has a mind of its own and you say things out of habit. For example, when someone asks you a question like “How are you?” you may answer “I’m ok” or “I’m hanging in there”. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. You say it and you believe it to be true. It’s not a great way of energising yourself. Think yourself into a positive frame of mind – “I’m fabulous!”
7. Avoid energy vampires
You know the sort of people I mean. The people who suck the energy out of you and leave you feeling drained, even after five short minutes. However, some people are great to be with and they help keep your energy levels up. It probably works the other way too.
Have a look at who you come into contact with. Are they energy vampires or energy givers?
8. De-clutter your brain
Like a computer, your brain can end up storing lots of unwanted information it doesn’t really need. When your brain is overloaded with loads of information/dates/timetables etc it slows you down and dampens your creativity. How can you release this mental clutter? I make sure that specific dates and times are put in my diary and on my main calendar and key items are put on action lists. That frees my head up for other stuff.
9. Energise your brain
What do you do that stimulates your brain? Do you look at new stimulating content? Do you prefer to sit for a couple of hours and ‘chill’ watching the TV? There’s nothing wrong with watching TV. It’s a passive way of learning and not necessarily stimulating. You may have noticed huge chunks of time have disappeared and you haven’t done the things you meant to. If you feel you and your family watch to much TV or are involved in too much screen time then sign up for my free report. It will help you and your family reduce screen time in a pain less way.
10. De-clutter your environment
When you’ve got the energy you feel as though you can start to tackle jobs that had started to get you down.
In a busy house ‘stuff’ can get piled up and it gets cluttered. It’s great to pare things down and reorganise. I find it quite cathartic when one area has been de-cluttered. Start small and de-clutter something in 30 minutes. Notice the difference. Since blitzing and repainting the kitchen I’m on a mission to make sure one area doesn’t end up as a dumping ground again! A positive environment can give you a buzz and energy.
Ok, it’s over to you now. What works for you? Leave a comment below and let me know. Thanks.