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WARRIOR LIFE: Staying Energized, Here’s How I Do It

I cannot believe that we are already in October! Where has the time gone?

These last few months have been crazy busy for me. I feel like I have been running around non-stop! That three day weekend we enjoyed for Labor Day feels like ages ago. Do you ever feel that way too? Just exhausted from the day to day grind? If so, don’t succumb to the fatigue. Stay strong to finish strong! As Warriors, we push through. Here are a few simple things that I do to stay energized so I can continue to conquer at work, home and in the gym.

Be Kind to Your Body
How often a week do you eat lunch at your desk? How often a week do you find time to take a brisk walk instead of sitting all day? Do you make sure to stay hydrated or do you drink water as an afterthought when you aren’t battling through your to do list? Or worse, do you caffeine load all through the day and crash later? What time do you get to bed? Are you consistent with your sleep pattern? Sleep is crucial for a healthy, functioning body and an alert, active mind. Remember, your body is a machine. It is one of your greatest gifts. We often forget to be grateful for good health until we no longer have it. Be sure to put good stuff in and listen to what your body needs. If you do, your body will run like a well oiled machine. Your body will work hard for you in return helping you to make it through a really tough workout or to come up with the latest and greatest idea for a project at work! I would encourage you to load up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies, to exercise daily to promote good physical and mental health and to practice mindfulness. Your body is a temple.

Practice Meditation 
Sometimes the best thing to do when you feel your energy waning is to simply practice meditation. Rest your brain momentarily and watch those feelings of health, happiness and aliveness come rushing back. You can meditate wherever you are – at your desk, at the gym or driving in the car. Be sure to pay attention to the road, though! Simply breathe in and out. Clear your mind of every thought. Often time, we feel exhausted more mentally than we do physically. With so many demands and busy lives, our mental strength is just sapped. Our minds are flooded with thoughts, worries and anxieties. By simply taking the time to breathe in and breathe out and refocus your thinking, it is amazing how your energy will come back. Be revitalized and refreshed.

Take Time for You
Each one of us can be categorized as introverted or extroverted. The difference is that introverts gain energy from quiet time spent alone while extroverts are the opposite. Extroverts find energy in being around other people. This is not to say that introverts dislike people or extroverts dislike moments alone. It is simply an indicator as to what environment and activities help us best recharge our batteries. Part of staying at our personal best is figuring out what activities and environments energize us and which drain us. Do you feel most energized when you go for a long walk solo or do you gain energy chatting with a new friend at the dog park with Fido? When you are drained at 3 p.m. at the office, does taking a moment to clear your mind alone refresh you or do you prefer to chat to your coworker for five minutes? Learn what you like. Also, I know I’ve said this before but I will say it again. Find your passion and take time to spend on things that fill you. The energy you gain from doing something that you love will carry over to all other areas in your life. And, last but not least remember that down-time is a must. Everyone needs a break to recharge their batteries.

Heading into October, I would encourage you to be kind to yourself during this new month. Listen to what your body needs. Maintain that strength of mind and spirit. Find your energy and your balance. Keep on keeping on, Warriors.

P.S. If you have any tips on how you stay energized to tackle your day, I would love to hear them!

Hugs and love,
Gail

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