Boost Your Energy Levels and Mental Clarity – 8 Simple Steps to Take Daily
Recently I realized that I needed to dramatically increase my energy levels. This led me to examine my daily routine and figure out what might be causing the lowered energy. What I realized was that my sleeping patterns were causing me to lose energy. Not only was I not getting restful sleep, but I was also waking up ( 8am) well past the time that our bodies are naturally attuned to (4 am).
This influenced me to start a routine which I have found to significantly increase my physical energy levels as well as my creative energy levels. My routine for attaining higher levels of energy throughout my day starts in the evening time and is as follows:
1. Evening bath to cleanse and calm.
Instead of taking a shower take a detox bath every night before you go to bed. Although there are a great many things that I like to add to my baths, epsom salt (in my opinion) is the only ingredient that is necessary in a bath.
What is commonly known as Epsom salt is not actually salt but rather a magnesium sulfate mix. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches. Learn more about Epsom salt here.
When you combine Epsom salt with water, which naturally has a very high frequency, you get the perfect conditions for natural healing to occur. This is why the combination of the two is the best relief for both muscle and joint aches.
When you go to bed feeling relaxed in your body you are able to sleep better. Remember, the quality of sleep matters much more than the quantity of sleep.
Some other ingredients that I love to add to baths are lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and sometimes ground ginger root.
Lavender is one of my absolute favorite herbs! Not only does lavender have natural calming properties which are used to promote relaxation and help you sleep, but it also has many healing properties. Lavender soothes bites, burns, and headaches. It is also a natural insect repellent.
Tea tree is anti-fungal and it also is great at preventing infections in cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites and stings, and boils.
Ginger is actually a new one that I recently learned about. If you feel like you have a lot of toxins built up in your body you can add ginger to your bath. Put about a half a cup of granulated ginger into your bath it will MAKE you sweat the toxins out. Make sure you drink plenty of water. If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, test ginger on your skin for irritation before the bath. It is not uncommon for your skin to get red and you might sweat for about an hour afterwards while your body flushes the toxins out. That night you will sleep sound and the next morning feel amazing.
2. Evening stretches
Stretching in the evening, preferably right after the bath, will relax your muscles and promote better sleep. Even 5-10 minutes of stretching after a bath while your muscles are still warm will transform the way your body feels in the morning.
3. Put away all electronics an hour before going to bed
We are surrounded by artificial light, wi-fi, and electrical wires which are all very low frequencies. This has a profound effect on your own vibration and energy levels. Also, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that exposure to light from computers and tablets significantly lowered levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our internal clocks and plays a role in the sleep cycle. More info can be found here.
4. Go to bed early and wake up before the sun rises.
” Early to bed and early to rise,
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’
Sunrises bring about a most special kind of creative energy. The sunrise brings a higher concentration of source energy (Prana) to all organisms. This opens up higher levels of communication with your higher self, which gives you an abundance of inspiration and also beings answers to questions you may have (you just have to listen).
5. Have an attitude of gratitude
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
This is such an important step. Before getting out of bed, as soon as you open your eyes, think about all of the things that you have to be grateful for, and only those things! You will be surprised how long that list is. Do this every morning. That way you program your brain to think happy thoughts first thing in the morning, and happy thoughts are a natural energizer. They also attract more things to be happy about!
6. Mediate just after getting up.
Its really important to meditate just after waking up. Monks, for example, are known to wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning and meditate before the sunrise because during this time it is much easier to attain a better connection with the source and your higher self.
My favorite thing to do is make some tea as soon as I get up and focus fully on enjoying that tea. Then I sit or lay down in a comfortable position and just focus on my breathing. From there I begin a deeper meditation. If you are new to mediating I would recommend just focusing on your breath for at least 20 minutes. Its alright to have thoughts but do not hold onto them or judge yourself. Let them float away and return your focus to your breath. Dance meditation is also a fantastic way to energize and connect with the universe.
7. Get creative
By waking up early you allow yourself a little bit of time in the morning to get creative. We all need to have time to play and create. By utilizing the creative energy that the sunrise brings to write, draw, paint, sing, dance, and anything else that makes you happy, you automatically raise your vibration and begin your day with a smile. I personally enjoy writing and drawing during this time.
8. Eat a healthy breakfast
With how hectic our lives can get breakfast is often skipped over. However, it is so important to eat a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a complete meal, but you need to make sure that you are getting all of your essential nutrients. Fruits, oats, and nuts are great sources of energy for the morning and very easy to munch on the go.
I hope that you all try this andenjoy the boost of energy!
Light and love,