Friday, October 06, 2006

10 Daily Habits for High Energy Living

10 Daily Habits for High Energy Living
by Kathy Atkinson

Vince Lombardi once said, “Fatigue does make cowards out of us all”. When you are run down and drained out, the choices you make are not the same as when you are feeling energized and alive. It is up to you to make yourself a priority and take consistent action toward supporting your mind and body in order to live your life to the fullest. Here are 10 tips to adopt for High Energy Living.

1. Review Your Goals

Review your written, long-term and short-term goals everyday. Make note of any inspired actions you can take that day that will move you closer to achieving your goals. Keep track of your success.

2. Script Your Day

Have a plan for your day. After you have reviewed your goals, write a short description about what you want to have happen that day. Write about how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. Also, write about how you want to behave and how you want others to behave toward you. Writing down your expectations pre-programs your conscious and unconscious minds to manifest what you want to experience.

3. Eat for Energy

If you haven’t already, adopt a lighter way of eating by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from heavy, starchy meals that leave you feeling sluggish. If you need help adopting an eat for energy lifestyle, there are many great books on diet and nutrition. Be sure to choose a program of eating that feels good to you and fits your lifestyle.

4. Drink 8-10 Glasses of Water

I’m sure you have heard this one, but have you incorporated this practice into your daily routine? To make it easy, plan ahead and prepare the amount of water you want to drink that day by filling up a pitcher or by setting out the bottles of water you want to consume that day.

5. Maintain a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

A positive mental attitude is not something that happens to you. It is something you deliberately choose. The more positive you are, the better you feel and the more energy you have. “There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself.” from Fish, by Stephen Lundin

6. 5 Minute Refreshment Breaks

Taking frequent 5-minute breaks throughout the day can reduce the stress level in your life. Some suggestions to try...take a walk outside, spend time visualizing your goals accomplished, do some deep breathing or stretching, or put on your favorite music and dance around. Make this a habit so you can stay balanced and on top of your game.

7. Daily Exercise

Are you doing some type of aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day? Here is a reminder of the benefits: improves sleep, relieves stress, burns fat, suppresses appetite, enhances mood, stabilizes chemical balance and brightens self-esteem. Get out and move your body.

8. De-clutter Your Environment

Clutter adds to your stress level and sense of overwhelm both consciously and unconsciously. Take a moment and think back to a time when you finally finished a cleaning or de-cluttering project and re-experience that sense of relief you felt. Straightening up your home or office on a daily basis improves your sense of power, control and self-satisfaction.

9. Sleep for Success

We all need to experience deep rejuvenating sleep on a consistent basis. Our bodies need time to repair themselves. Find your natural rhythm and stick to it. Go to bed at the same time and arise at the same time. Successful, high-energy people are not chronically tired.

10. Make Yourself a Priority

Set aside one hour each day just for you. This time can be broken up into 2 half hour sessions or even smaller amounts of time. Use this time to work on your life plan, writing in your journal, meditating, taking a walk in nature, reading, participating in a sport, or just relaxing. You deserve it.

Action Challenge

Pick at least one tip and make a commitment to do it everyday for a month so it become part of who you are and how you function for High Energy Living.

Copyright 2006, Creative Life Coaching

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