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Life Hacks for More Energy

Life hacks for more more energy are as simple as a deep breath and a gentle breeze.

By Lindsie PolhemusPublished 8 years ago 7 min read

Maintaining higher energy levels is a challenge. Between work, household work, family, relationships and more, it seems like your time and energy is always being spread super thin. Sure the occasional energy drink can rev up your engines, but those sugar packed bevs aren't the healthiest options to increase your energy. Instead, opt for securing a morning routine, drinking some lemon water, or even just breathing deeply. Yup, those quick and easy alternatives are just a few of the life hacks for more energy, designed to get you through your daily activities with a positive attitude and a increase in energy.

Swallow 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains a fat that actually helps burn body fat. If you’re not too keen on the idea of swallowing a tablespoon of coconut oil, you can also use it as a spread on your toast, or take coconut oil softgels.

Eat metabolism boosting foods. Foods that boost your metabolism include: nuts, berries, any leafy greens, avocado, and lean meats.

Open your windows. If you’ve had a long work day, but can’t go on a walk, open your windows! Breath in the fresh air. It’s a simple way to boost your energy with little to no effort.

Try a noise machine. If you are a light sleeper and wake up at even the smallest noise a sound machine might help you drown out the rest of the world. It may take a couple of nights to get used to, but it could definitely help you get better sleep.

Keep your space decluttered. Get rid of any clutter in your life. When you’re organized it takes a lot less effort to work throughout your day. This is an amazing energy saver.

Keep a journal.Sometime just putting ALL your feelings out on paper can be a great way to let go of stress and move forward with your day. It can be as simple as that.

Just do it. It’s no surprise this is a popular slogan for Nike. When you stop procrastinating, you don’t drain your energy dreading your ever-growing to do list. So take a lesson from Nike, and just do it.

Sit in a sauna. Sweating helps your body release any toxins it might be holding in. When you release toxins your body has more room to function properly and with higher energy levels.

Go to sleep at the same time every day. If your body knows what to expect every night it has an easier time falling asleep and goes into REM quicker.

Drink green tea. If you aren’t a huge fan of coffee, try green tea. Not only will it boost your energy, but it also has quite a few health benefits.

Do a green juice cleanse. Every couple of years your body needs a reset. A juice cleanse will detoxify your body flushing out any bad toxins, and boosting your energy levels.

Take rhodiola rosea. This supplement is like drinking a cup of coffee. Take one in the morning or around 2:00 PM and you will feel like a brand new person.

Read self-help books. It’s always good to be pursuing growth. When you are inspired for growth and change, that will boost your energy, and make you more confident in who you are.

Drink coffee. This one is obvious. A lot of people are energized daily on a good old cup of joe. It’s a classic way to get energy, just be careful you don’t drink too much, it’s highly addicting and can cause energy crashes.

Take vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 is known to help with a lot of different issues, but it is most popular for boosting energy and mood. You can take B-12 as a pill, or even put a few drops of it in your water.

Get an early start.Don’t hit your snooze button. The sooner you start your day the sooner your body will boost and turn on.

Use a sleep tracking app. This can give you important information on how well you sleep every night. Once you’re educated on your sleep patterns you can make positive changes.

Create the perfect morning routine. Like stated earlier, your body responds well to routine. If you create the perfect routine, your body is more comfortable in the mornings, and will ease swiftly into your day.

Keep your room quiet and cool. When your sleeping environment is comfortable you sleep better, making your energy levels the next day much higher. Sleep is SO important.

Avoid debt. The number one thing married couples fight about is money. Why? Money is stressful. It dictates how you live your life. Do you want to be a slave for your debtor or do you want to live in freedom. In our opinion a debt free life is a care-free life.

Try yoga. Yoga is not just for buddhists. It’s an incredible form of exercise that is known to lower blood pressure, and reduce insomnia.

Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s commonly thought that a glass of wine before bed will help you sleep better, but it’s actually the opposite. Alcohol reduces the amount of REM sleep people get, causing a poorer quality of sleep.

Don't skip any meals. When you skip a meal you starve your body from nutrients it needs to keep running properly. When you have a nutrient deficiency you are more likely to have low energy levels, and just feel crappy.

Try dark chocolate. Instead of reaching for milk chocolate try satisfying your craving with dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa. Not only is it an antioxidant, but it also contains way less sugar so you’ll avoid a sugar crash.

Go for a walk. Getting outside and moving is a great way to revitalize your energy. Not only that, but it is an excellent way to get some vitamin D which is linked to boosting your metabolism.

Laugh more.Laughter is healing. Sometimes all it takes is a deep belly laugh. It will boost your mood, and have a lifting effect on your day.

Take a nap. This is probably obvious, but taking a nap will boost your energy if you missed out on sleep recently. You know rollover minutes that companies like AT&T have? Well your sleep hours roll over too. So if you missed out on 2 hours last week, and 2 hours this week, you need to catch up on 4 hours. Maybe set aside time to take a 4 hour nap on Sunday.

Take a cold shower. When you wake up in the morning take a cold shower right away. This will shock your body into starting its day. You will instantly feel more energized.

Practice self-forgiveness. When you take the time to forgive yourself, you reduce your stress, and will instantly feel more energized when you release that emotional baggage.

Listen to upbeat music. Putting on some pop music can be just enough to get you pumped on your day. It might sound shallow, but it’s very effective.

Add chia seeds. Chia seeds are a great addition to any salad, smoothie, or yogurt. They have a ton of benefits, including protein content, energy boosting components, and antioxidants, as well as many other benefits.

Sleep at least 8 hours. Did we mention that sleep is important? 8 hours is generally the amount of sleep a person needs to function properly. Some people need more sleep than others. Ultimately do what feels best to you.

Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.”Before you go to sleep put your phone on “do not disturb” for uninterrupted sleep.

Take a magnesium supplement. Before you go to sleep, take a magnesium supplement. It helps relax muscles, and is known to reduce insomnia.

Take a sleeping aid. You could also try taking a sleeping aid like Valerian Root, or Melatonin. This should help you wake up feeling fully refreshed and ready for a new day.

Go on vacation. Sometimes you just need to get out of town. Plan your dream trip and do it. It always feels good to do something you’ve always wanted to do.

See some friends. Sympathy, and understanding from a good friend could be just what you need. Sometimes it just feels good to know that somebody understands you. In turn it will boost your mood and your energy.

Evaluate stress.Is this reasonable to be stressed out about or not? When you evaluate stress you can remove any of it that is unnecessary, which will instantly boost your mood.

Set goals. Setting goals is great because it helps you track how you’re doing. Every time you accomplish a goal you can reward yourself, which will always boost your mood.

Use a timer at work. Give yourself a 5 minute break every 30 minutes. This will help you stay more alert all day.

Drink lemon water. Right when you wake up in the morning drink a 32 oz glass of lemon infused water. This will wake up your body, and boost your metabolism, giving you a jumpstart on your day.

Sit up straight. This is another way to stay more alert. You can also try working at a stand up desk.

Adjust the temperature.You might be uncomfortable and not even know it. Stay aware of the temperature for comfort throughout the day. This will also boost your mood.

Play a game. This will stimulate your brain with things other than work.

Wear bright colors. Wearing bright clothes has been found to boost moods. Specifically red or violet. Next time you feel like you’re in a slump, go for something brighter in your wardrobe.

Use essential oils. Peppermint, orange, lemon, and eucalyptus oils are all recommended to boost your energy.

Pick up an old hobby. When you remember how much you loved a certain activity you’ll have a rush of positive feelings. Take some time to explore what old hobby you can pick up.

Get a massage. This is an obvious stress reliever that will almost always energize your body, and put you in a better mood.

Watch a funny movie. Like we said earlier, laughing will almost always boost your mood. Turn on that one movie that will make you cry you laugh so hard. This will do the trick.

Breathe deep.Take a few deep breaths and remember that everything will be okay.

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