05/04/22

Wellness Wednesday: Four Ways To Increase Your Energy Level

Welcome to the first post of the EPB&B Wellness Wednesday series. To kick off the summer, on the first Wednesday of every month our Creative Consultant Sherri Sacconaghi will be sharing simple strategies, and lifestyle tips to help support you in living a healthy life. This month, she is talking about energy, and how to get more into our daily lives. 

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Kids, careers, carpools, friends, family, yard work, hobbies, not to mention the ongoing stress of world events; It takes a lot of energy to keep all the balls in the air. But there are some simple lifestyle changes that you can implement now that can make a noticeable impact on your daily energy level.

We have all heard eating right and getting enough rest is imperative for recharging our batteries, and although I highly recommended it, I’m also aware it can be easier said than done. I suggest baby steps. Making one change in your routine can make a big difference. Try one of these this week and see if it works for you.

1. Drink More Water. Too easy? Most Americans are chronically dehydrated, which is telling as the human body is comprised of 60% water. Lack of water to fuel your body and brain can lead to fatigue and brain fog.

Quick Tip: Before you reach for another cup of coffee or your favorite soda, drink a glass of water first. It can add up. 

2. Move Your Body. It sounds counterintuitive when you are tired and I am not suggesting an hour-long sweat-fest in the gym. Our bodies want to move and that is challenging for those who have jobs that require a lot of desk time. However, even small amounts of movement throughout the day will give an energy boost, so make an effort to sneak it in.  

Quick Tip. Set an alarm on your phone or smartwatch as a reminder to get up and move, preferably once an hour. A walk around the block, up the stairs, or to the water cooler (see how I did that?). 

3. Fuel Your Creative Side. Find something you enjoy where just the thought of it gets you excited. Having an activity, such as a painting class, learning to play the guitar, or mastering a down-dog, to look forward to will give you an extra boost to get through the day.  

Quick Tip: Make a date, put it on your calendar and do it. 

4. Get Rid Of Draining Relationships. Okay, maybe this one isn’t so simple, but you know the ones I’m talking about, the people you spend so much time trying to avoid they suck the energy right out of you,  

Quick Tip: If ending a relationship is too drastic, try shifting one aspect of that relationship such as blocking their social media or limiting texting time, then take that time and connect with someone who fills your tank. 

Making even one of the changes described here can be just enough to take you from pooped out to pumped up so give one a try. 

Sherri Sacconaghi, Creative Consultant for EPB&B is a former Health and Fitness Coach.