November 14

3 Quick Ways to Increase Your Energy Instantly


Everyone could use a little more energy. Whether we work from home, are a homemaker, or work in an office, we all experience the need for more energy. Not after a nap, or tomorrow, but now.

So, how do you get that burst of energy without playing the “if I go to sleep now, I’ll get X amount of hours…” game that never seems to work anyway?

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Here are three ways to increase your energy instantly

Get Moving

One of the best ways to increase your energy is to get moving. Whether you take a walk, jog, do jumping jacks, play with your dog, yoga, just move your body.

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average American sits 6.5 hours per day. That’s almost one-third of your life. So, it makes sense that moving around and getting your heart pumping is not only different from your body’s normal routine; it also helps you become healthier.

Just Breathe

Breath is life; breath is energy.

Therefore, if you’re searching for energy, but you’re in a situation where getting up and doing cardio is uncouth, just breathe. Focus on your breath and take slow, deep breaths.

Breathing increases the flow of oxygen, which helps you focus and builds your energy level.

When you breathe this way, you should feel calmer, but calming your system down increases energy.

Change Your Focus

Your energy level is directly related to your state of mind. If you focus on all the problems you have in your life, you will bring yourself down. If you are stressed or anxious, you use a lot of unnecessary energy to make yourself feel bad.

So, when you find yourself down in the dumps and running low on energy, change your focus. Think of something you enjoy, give yourself a pep talk, or do something you enjoy to get your mind off everything bothering you.

Changing your state of mind will help you find a fresh perspective, calm yourself down, and focus on what you need to do to fix the problems instead of dwelling on the fact that you have them.

So, if you feel sluggish, three quick ways to instantly increase your energy are getting moving, hone in on your breathing, and changing your focus to something more positive.

If you need a big pick-me-up, feel free to do all three!


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Dan Buettner, Founder of Blue Zones, New York Times Bestselling Author, Public Speaker and National Geographic Fellow

Dan Buettner, Founder of Blue Zones, New York Times Bestselling Author, Public Speaker and National Geographic Fellow
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