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Aloha High-Performers! Are you like me and always looking for a hack to improve your energy levels and overall performance? Well, you’ve come to the right place because that’s what I’ll be covering today. In this article, I’m going to be talking about Energy. Not just Energy, but how to conserve it. Conserving Energy is something that I’m super passionate about because I once found myself spraying my Energy all over the place. Back in the day, I was exerting so much Energy everyday, only to find myself absolutely exhausted by the end of the day and without having accomplished much.
I believe that we all deserve to experience massive amounts of concentrated energy, to accomplish super-human amounts of “work”, while also not feeling completely drained at the end of the day.
Throughout my worldly travels, I started to think of my Energy like water in a vegetable garden. In a garden, if I water the whole thing, even the weeds will grow. But, if I can focus that water into the specific areas of the garden where I’d like my plants to grow, then I save a large supply; and I’m able to apply the right amount of water to the plants that I really want to grow. Make sense?
Anyways, you can understand why, over the years, I’ve been super focused on only watering the plants that I want to grow.
So, how do we conserve energy?
Here are 4 tips on How-To Conserve Energy Throughout Your Day. These are super simple. They’ve worked well for me and I hope that they benefit You and your Energy levels as well. I understand, however, that just because these things have worked so well for me does not mean that you will experience the same results. But it’s worth a shot isn’t it? Give these tips a go and let me know what you guys think! I want everyone to experience Herculean amounts of focused and concentrated energy throughout the day. So, here we go! EnJoy!
1. Nap (20 Minutes)
If you want to experience more focus and alertness throughout your day, mix in a 20 minute nap. This one is so effective. It’s so effective in fact, that back in 1995, NASA did a study that proved how one can increase their job performance and mental alertness immensely, simply by taking a 20 minute nap. NASA found that pilots who slept in the cockpit for no more than 26 minutes improved their alertness by 55% and job performance by 35%. That’s huge! The reasoning behind the max of 26 minutes is because they found that any sleep over 26 minutes affected that evenings deep sleep. This goes to show how significant a 20 minute nap can be. So, the next time you’re deciding between a 30 minute lunch break or 20 minute nap, take this one into consideration.
Many people think that in order to meditate, you need to sit cross legged for hours, chanting “Om”, and exploring the deepest parts of your soul. Although this can be true, meditation can also be performed in a matter of minutes. Here’s the thing, the main attributor to low energy levels in humans is a thing called cortisol. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone. It is our “fight or flight” response. Releasing cortisol is great for the times when we’re being chased by a lion or tiger. It gives us what we need to escape. But, this is not good to experience for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, these days, many humans trigger long term cortisol by other kinds of stress; money stress, time stress, work stress, kids stress, boss stress, co-worker stress, and countless more reasons. Which then leads to individuals being in constant “fight or flight” mode without even knowing it because it’s what’s normal for them; basically making the body think that it’s being chased by a lion all day, everyday. This is not at all healthy. How can we stop this? Easy, just a couple seconds of breathing is all it takes. Take a moment, preferably 2-5 seconds, at any time of your day by closing your eyes and taking a deep breathe. Think about Nothing. Just feel. Feel the Energy within You. Then open your eyes and get back to what you were doing. Yes, it’s that easy. I recommend performing this action about 12 times a day. It works beautifully. And by taking these moments throughout the day, it constantly brings you back into a state of calm.
3. Intermittent Fasting AKA Short Term No Eating
Digestion takes so much energy! Ever think that you could actually have more energy by skipping breakfast or lunch? Well, it’s true! Our bodies conserve tremendous amounts of energy by not eating. The amount of energy our bodies burn while fasting becomes more efficient, thereby lowering our heart rate and blood pressure. Boulder Medical Center says that Intermittent Fasting (not eating for 12-18 hours) boots cognitive performance, protects from obesity and chronic diseases, reduces inflammation, improves overall fitness, and allows for cellular rejuvenation to occur. Intermittent Fasting is NOT about starving yourself. It’s about giving your digestion system a break and for your body to be able to focus energy in other areas, including your brain and cognitive functions. I fast everyday, 365 days a year, 12-24 hours. I also get all of my important work completed in a fasted state including writing these blog posts.
4. Stay Hydrated/ Healthy Diet
60% of the adult human body is made of water. 75% of the brain and heart are made of water. So, it would make sense to make sure that we are constantly hydrating ourselves, yes? It would make sense that if we are dehydrated why we experience low amounts of energy, yes? Also, consuming water will lower your core body temperature which will allow you to experience deeper sleep.
Secondly, we get our energy, in large part, from what we consume. So, test out your diet. If you find that certain foods make you tired, try not to eat them during the day, or maybe not at all. Finding the foods that give you the most energy is different for everyone so take it into your own hands to see how you feel from each food that you eat. Make a mental note of how you feel after consuming each food. If you can pin point the foods that allow you to experience healthy energy, you will have found a key ingredient to your energy flow.
BONUS! 5. Minimize Speech
I recently underwent a three day silent retreat. I didn’t speak for three days. I learned many things from these days of silence, including how much energy I conserve from not speaking. I noticed how much energy I waste with pointless words and sentences in my conversations, even negative ones that I never recognized to before to be negative. And I’ve learned from that. Now, I focus my words and I’ve noticed so much energy being conserved.
Well, there ya have it guys. I hope these tips will help you to achieve beautiful amounts of the focused energy that you deserve. It’s true, we are all born super-human! And in order for us to bring forth our super-human abilities we must indeed understand how to focus and concentrate our energy. Once we can better understand how to conserve our energy, we are able to manifest our biggest and wildest dreams! I wish you all the best in your continued journey of super-human-ness. I have plenty of other tips on how to conserve energy. If these resonate with you and you’d like more, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject being “Conserve My Energy!”. I Love You Guys and thanks so much for reading.
Remember to B R E A T H E.