Show me a person with no stress and unflagging energy and I’ll show you someone who is not living the typical American life. It seems that everyone you meet is overscheduled, overcommitted, and generally overwhelmed.
Fortunately, there are three simple, natural ways to ways you can boost energy and beat fatigue : deep breathing, green foods, and exercise.
Deep breathing is the foundation for any kind of stress relief. By breathing deeply, you are able to take in large amounts of oxygen. Oxygen helps your cells produce and utilize energy. When you exhale, waste products (carbon dioxide) are removed from your body through your lungs. This helps to optimize the oxygen levels throughout your body. Your muscles relax, your blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow, and your equilibrium returns, making you feel more energetic and balanced.
Next time you feel stress coming on, try this deep breathing exercise:
- Lie flat on your back with your knees pulled up. Keep your feet slightly apart. Try to breathe in and out through your nose.
- Inhale deeply. As you breathe in, allow your stomach to relax so that the air flows into your abdomen. Your stomach should balloon out as you breathe in. Visualize your lungs filling with air as your chest swells out.
- Imagine that the air you inhale is filling your body with energy.
- Exhale deeply. As you breathe out, let your stomach and chest collapse. Imagine the air being pushed out, first from your abdomen and then from your lungs.
- Imagine that the air you exhale is carrying away fatigue, concerns, and upset.
- Repeat the process for three to five minutes, keeping your attention on your breath.
Green foods are rich in one amazing nutrient—chlorophyll. In fact, the greener the plant, the greater the amount of chlorophyll. Foods high in chlorophyll also help heal provide energy, boost immunity, and relieve fatigue.
Spirulina, chlorella, and wild blue-green algae contain more chlorophyll than any other foods. These algae are aquatic plants, spiral-shaped and emerald to blue-green in color, and have been used medicinally for thousands of years in South America and Africa. Today they can be purchased, dried, in health food stores. They are also the highest sources of protein, beta-carotene, and nucleic acids of any animal or plant food, as well as containing the essential fatty acids omega-3 and gamma linolenic acid.
Exercise is one of the simplest things you can do that reaps you incredible, far-reaching benefits. Regular physical activity allows a discharge of physical, mental, and emotional tension; improves circulation and oxygenation throughout the body; loosens and limbers up your joints and muscles; promotes emotional grounding and stability; and boosts your vigor and energy level.
To ensure you are getting the full benefits exercise provides, you should aim for 30 to 60 minutes a day five to seven times a week. Mix up your routine with a combination of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, swimming, etc.), weight-bearing exercise, and stretching and flexibility (yoga, Pilates, etc.).