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Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Updated on November 29, 2014
Ease a simple headache with sleep and rest.
Ease a simple headache with sleep and rest.

Medicines, the only answer?

It seems like every channel you turn to is advertising some sort of magic pill or other medication to either increase your libido, help with restless leg syndrome and, or, increase your energy levels.

The pharmaceutical industry creates, produces and distributes licensed drugs such as Lipitor, Viagra and a variety of antidepressants. There seems to be a plethora of medications out there to solve all and any of your problems, eh?

Do not believe ALL the hype.

Although modern medicine is indeed a life saver and it does have its obvious positive side effects, for some, it is not the only solution to gain or regain your natural energy levels.

There are also simple and natural ways to get your energy back!

Power Napping Works

Power naps of 20 to 30 minutes are effective.
Power naps of 20 to 30 minutes are effective.

Take a Power Nap--NOT a red bull!

Trust me when I say this immediately revitalizes your inner being. It clears you mind and rejuvenates your spirits.

Power naps are short in duration, but long and significant in the ability to re-energize your mind and body. These naps are short because they do not last long enough for you to go into a deep sleep, but it supplements your normal sleep routine by using the benefits of sleep versus time. It is the proverbial quality versus quantity philosophy.

Power napping is effective and increases energy levels because it does not allow you to go into a deep sleep. Its duration terminates just when the heavier, sleep cycle begins. Once the time frame is extended past the normal 20 to 30 minutes it is considered least effective because as you sleep deeper and wake up outside the normal sleep patterns then it becomes non-restful and counterproductive. You end up feeling groggy, anxious and with less energy--not what we want, right?

Power naps also have a positive side effect--an increase in memory function. The longer the nap the better the results, but a 20 to 30 minute nap, several times a week, works just fine.

Even though I have a busy work and home schedule, on occasion, after a long day at my J-O-B, working on homework with my son, cooking and other chores, I will take a power nap to get my mind and body back in sync. Instead of calling it power napping, I call it "crashing." After my "crashing" session, I usually feel brand new and full of energy to tackle the rest of what lies ahead.

Relaxation Exercises

A very simple, inexpensive and effective way of boosting energy levels is by doing relaxation exercises such as the following:

  1. Yoga
  2. Visualization
  3. Deep Breathing
  4. Meditation

For me, Yoga, one time a week re-energizes me after a long and grueling work and commuting week.

By using some or all of the above mentioned techniques, programming more relaxation into your day allows you to regain your energy naturally.

These techniques provide health benefits that include a decrease in muscle tension, lower blood pressure and slower heart and breathing rates resulting in more energy.

Drink quality H2o!
Drink quality H2o!

Water does a body good!

Drink up! Water is key. Have you ever been so thirsty that when you drank water it made you close your eyes and say "Ah!?" When the body is dehydrated, it runs on empty. When it runs on empty, it DOES NOT RUN AT ALL!

Hydration increases metabolic rates and therefore increases your energy levels almost instantly. Try this, drink a nice, cold glass of water first thing in the morning and you instantly will feel alive and full of energy, why? Because your body has been practically dehydrated for hours upon hours while your body regenerates and revamps itself. Upon waking, you feel this intense thirst and once you start guzzling your body instantly reacts--positively.

Eat to Fuel!

A proper breakfast meal is essential to buidling your energy levels for the day.
A proper breakfast meal is essential to buidling your energy levels for the day.
Nuts supply your body with healthy energy-boosting nutrients.
Nuts supply your body with healthy energy-boosting nutrients.

No Skipping Breakfast!

The word 'BREAKFAST' is just that, "breaking-your- fast." For hours, your body has been fasting and just like it wakes up thirsty, it also wakes up hungry and ready to be fueled. Therefore, fuel it the right way. Like everything in life, balance is the goal. Therefore, balance out the protein, carbs, healthy fats and get your energy levels up first thing in the morning.

Regardless of your philosophy on breakfast, it is important to fuel your body, nutritionally, within a reasonable time of you getting up. The body and the mind will work better and if you focus on the nutritious foods like whole fruits, whole grains and lean proteins you are sure to get your metabolism going as well as your energy levels.

Need I say more?

Power Snacking

If you are going to snack, do it the right way! A power snack is a small amount of food that's sole purpose is to boost your energy on the go. Power snacking is supposed to be nutritious and provide energy to the brain and your muscles. It increases your mental alertness while curbing your hunger pangs as well.

Power snacks that are high in nutritional value are high in fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates:

  1. Fresh fruit with skin preferable.
  2. Almonds, walnuts and hazel nuts (please consult a doctor to check for nut allergies)
  • Magnesium is an essential component of a healthy diet and aides in bodily energy levels. It is found in spices, nuts, cereals, coffee, tea, and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, like spinach, is also rich in magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies may lead to lower levels of energy.

3. Beans

4. Cheese

Snacking this way is convenient and will most definitely help with energy levels as you eat the right balance of nutrients.

Have Fun!

Develop your passions or just enjoy some time with friends!
Develop your passions or just enjoy some time with friends!

Deal With It!

Anxiety, stress and anger all drain and use up energy. Dealing with it, responsibly, and in a healthy manner gives you the control you need to succeed in regaining your energy levels.

Stress and anxiety flood your blood stream with stress hormones called cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone generated to respond to the ever so valiant flight-or-fight defense response your body offers you in cases of every day stresses, like traffic jams to life-threatening, traumatic events such as a negative medical diagnosis or a sudden death in the family.

Conquer these energy draining stresses by letting go for a moment with rest and relaxation. Let your mind wander from the every day and most importantly LAUGH!

Laughter is naturally and purely medicinal and who does not love to laugh? I do!

I, literally, love to get my "LOL" on! By really "laughing out loud," your body will naturally produce endorphins that will flood your body with "happy" hormones and as a result increasing your energy levels naturally.

Remember that the body has an amazing ability to recuperate itself if you take care of it the way it should. Striving for increasing your energy levels naturally allow you to live a life full of happiness and energy!

Go for it!


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      Writerly Yours 5 years ago

      Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Hub!

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      Writerly Yours 5 years ago

      Thank you for commenting.

      Yes, I know what you mean about water. It's vital to hydrate well everyday to keep your energy going.

      Thank you for reading!

      I appreciate the feedback.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      A very helpful hub, a good reminder of the simple yet important ways we can look after ourselves. Even forgetting to drink enough water has a big effect on how I feel. Thank you for sharing this advice.

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      Writerly Yours 6 years ago

      Thank you for your detailed response and for reading my article. I appreciate it.

      Yes, I need to master meditation. And it's medicinal. You can heal easier if your mind is calm and focused.

      Thanks again!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Very nicely put hub, I think that many people are unaware of the hazards of over doing things, as well as under doing things dealing with mind, body, & soul issues. Since our lives are filled with an array of issues we all need to handle, many of us simply learn to handle these unavoidable realities carelessly.

      This is why your hub actually has true relevance, & I commend you for taking the time to elegantly display such high quality subject matter. One thing I used as a remedy for everyday stress while I was in the US Navy years ago, was meditation.

      Meditation if done correctly can become a way to rid yourself of most metaphysical related ailments as well as help ease your spirit a great deal. It also falls in the same line of Yoga, so I think you definitely are on the right path here. I learned from reading Asian meditation books on the art of Zen, Taoism, & Buddhist teachings.

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      Writerly Yours 6 years ago

      I appreciate you reading my hub. Thank you!

      Yes, with all that is out there to help us live better can also make us unhealthy so I believe it is important to find natural, common sense ways to regain energy levels in such a high paced society.

      Thanks so much!

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great hub, very relevant for to-day's world. Well done

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      Writerly Yours 6 years ago

      Lynn, thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes, in this day and age we all need all the energy we can get to sustain our busy lifestyles and the best way is the natural way!

      Thanks again!

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      Lyn.Stewart 6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Thank you for sharing this with everyone ... I hope more people read this and take something from it.

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      LucasKl 6 years ago from Hamburg, Germany

      Writerly, another great article. I'm a huge believer in healthy living to keep energetic.

      Most of the time, when people ask me for time management consulting, the first thing I tell them is to live more healthy, do more sports, eat more fruits and vegetables, etc.

      These things usually have the biggest impact on happiness, stress level, and productivity.

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      Writerly Yours 6 years ago

      Dusty--OMG! I know! I feel the same way. Seriously, if we do not take care of ourselves how else can we take care of others? I'm a strong believer in that. Sometimes, you MUST get back in tune with yourself in order to keep it moving. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated!

      Thougtforce-I know! I feel the same way! There's a pill for everything and it's scary. It's scary for our kids too. Science and technology is the best, but at times, it can be our own worst enemies. We have to learn to scale back and remind ourselves that our bodies are build to resist, protect and fight against disease as well.

      Thanks for the vote up!!! I appreciate it.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      I am totally with you on this! Pills and medicines seems to be the answer to almost everything, and the companies selling the magic pills all try to convince you that you will not survive whitout the pills.We must at least try the natural ways first, and in many cases they are quite enough! Great advices from you in this well written hub! Voted up of course!

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      Dusty Snoke 6 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      excellent hub. I like the power naps myself. I sometimes will come home from work and lay down for about 20 mins before cooking dinner. It keeps me from snapping at everyone and gets me through the evening.