Personal Energy (Part 3)

In this article, I describe nine easy ways to increase your personal energy through self-care. The first two tips are by loving yourself and connecting to Mother Earth.

Then I describe seven different self-care practices that you can adopt and integrate into your daily and weekly routines to manage your personal energy.

Love Yourself

Loving ourselves includes taking care of the body, mind and soul – inside and out. Start your day with how you treat yourself first thing in the morning and give yourself an affectionate good morning hug. Wrap your arms around your shoulders and say, “I love you.”

Connect to Mother Earth

Next while sitting on the edge of the bed, plant both feet on the floor or carpet and visually connect to Mother Earth. Ask Mother Earth for permission to take some of her energy; and, then visualize your feet and legs as roots expanding into the earth.

Visualize the Earth’s energy flowing up your roots into your legs and throughout your body. Let any excess energy leave through the crown of your head — send it out into the universe.

Deep Breathing

Increasing your personal energy after a long night’s sleep can easily be done by taking a deep breath, hold it, then exhale (do this at least three times). The lungs facilitate the exchange of carbon dioxide (waste product of the body’s cells) and oxygen in the blood.

Please don’t ignore your lungs which are vital in carrying oxygen to the cells that produce energy throughout the body.

An important way to eliminate airborne toxins from your body is through respiration. That’s why exercise is so critical to good health. When we exercise, we breathe harder, so when you can’t get to the gym, try taking ten deep breaths every hour during the day.

Morning hydration

You can also increase your personal energy in the morning through hydration. I drink a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing in morning. If I’m out of lemons, I drink a glass of warm water.

After sleeping for eight hours, I’m dehydrated. It’s a good habit to rehydrate before drinking your first a cup of coffee to wake up.

Eat Detoxifying Foods

When our bodies seem a little sluggish, some people turn to a three-day cleanse. Some cleanses can last a week or two, but if we’re not careful, cleanses can do more damage than good. Cleanses can cause mood swings and weakness. Do your research on cleanses and/or discuss with your doctor or a nutritionist.

Everything we put into our bodies needs to go through our body’s cleaning system. This includes the air we breathe and anything we drink and eat. Our lungs, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, lymphatic system and gastrointestinal tract filter and eliminate the toxins. The best way to detoxify the body is by eating healthy and exercising regularly.

There are certain foods that are helpful in flushing out the toxins from the body. Here is the short list that I like but do the research to find which ones resonate with you.

  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon
  • Kale
  • Onion & Garlic

Drink Water Throughout the Day

The body needs H2O to hydrate the liver and kidneys. Drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water is critical to staying hydrated and aiding in the process of elimination.

If you are not drinking enough water, gradually increasing your intake is suggested. It may take a week or more to get to the amount of water needed for your body. Please keep in mind each person is different and your level of activity plays an important role in the amount of water your body needs. 

Drinking too much water is dangerous, so listen to your body.

Exercise (walk, swim, jog, etc.)

Another way to take care of our bodies and increase our personal energy is through exercise. Regular exercise of at least 150 minutes per week, has many benefits. Through moderate exercise whether it’s walking, hiking, jogging, bicycling, or swimming, you can increase your personal energy while improving your mood, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and sleeping better.

Dry Skin Brushing

Something that really helps me with managing my personal energy level is dry skin brushing. Give it a try and work it into your daily routine before taking a bath or shower. The process takes 2 to 3 minutes. It really is a must. Dry skin brushes can be found in health food stores. Make sure the brush is specifically for dry brushing. The technique is to brush upward from the bottom of your feet with long gentle strokes. Always brush towards the heart.

When you first start dry skin brushing it might feel strange but after getting the routine down you won’t want to miss a day. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and helps our skin to breathe by removing dead skin cells. Our skin is our largest organ and needs to breathe. Pores can get blocked and clogged; and dry skin brushing helps clear the area for the skin to breathe.

Epsom Salts Baths

Another great self-care treatment to increase your personal energy is by taking warm baths with Epsom salts. Epsom salts baths can aid in reducing stress, pain or swelling, and promotes better sleep. You’ll feel amazing after soaking for 20 – 40 minutes. Be sure to read the package’s instructions and drink plenty of water afterwards to rehydrate.

All of this might seem like a lot to do, but when you start integrating these into your daily/weekly routine, it will flow. Try integrating one of the above items until it becomes a habit, then add another. 

If it doesn’t feel right, stop, and try another one. Go back later and try the one that didn’t feel right. Your body and soul will thank you.

Be happy and healthy!

Disclaimer: Increasing Your Personal Energy Through Self-Care contains the views and opinions of April Joy Manger. It is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as information of a general nature to help you in your quest for well-being. If you use this information, you agree to take full responsibility for your actions and agree to hold blameless April Joy Manger. It is recommended that you seek professional medical advice before starting any health regimen.

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