Increase Your Energy Naturally pt. I — Movement & Nature
Now that Summer has finally arrived here in Belgium too (reaching 30°C, yay!), I feel such a difference in energy.
Not only within myself — suddenly the entire world seems to have woken up! People socialize spontaneously on the street, everyone seems to be in a good mood, plants flourish, there's more fresh organic fruit available at the regular supermarket than at any other time of the year... And I'm super relaxed because I sleep better, I'm able to get up at 7am, and my skin is the best it has been in 7 years!
I'M FILLED WITH JOY.
I'm so grateful that I'm finally able to feel what it's like to be a 'normal', i.e. healthy human being.
I can finally think about other (more creative) things than my health alone and it feels so liberating.
Thank you Nature, and thank Me for healing! (I hope this lasts forever.)
Obviously, this state I'm in didn't happen overnight. I've worked hard and have plodded through deep pits to get here. And I know there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with the same things as me, so in today's blogpost I want to share with you what has worked for me so far.
And oh, I'm going to make this a mini 2-part series. In the next part, I'll dig deeper into how you can boost your energy with food and herbs.
Here's my top 5 tips to increase your energy naturally through movement and connecting with Nature
#1 Follow The Rhythm of Nature
I felt an immense increase in my overall energy when I started following the rhythm of nature. I go to bed when it gets dark (around 10pm) and wake up when the Sun rises — more or less actually, around 7am ;)
I feel that by following the cycle of the Sun, I'm more in sync with Nature and myself. I feel more present and productive.
If you're like me and you're not a morning person by nature, I think Summer is a good time to realign your rhythm with the cycle of light. In Winter, it's more difficult to stay away from artificial indoor lighting, since you probably don't want to go to bed by 5pm. But in Spring and Summer, when the Sun rises early and you wake up in those early gentle sunbeams... Wow. I think waking up like that is my most favourite feeling at the moment :)
#2 Get Dirty
Once you get up early, you'll find your days will suddenly get longer (surprise!) What to do with that extra time? I would totally recommend spending more time in Nature. I think it's one of the most simple yet fulfilling things you can do — and it's always available for free. You can go for a long walk, go forage some delicious wild foods, play in the woods with your children, do yoga in the park, have a picnic, get gardening, plant seeds...
AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO GET DIRTY! Wild soil contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals that we don't always get from farm-grown food. So stick your feet in the dirt and absorb them minerals the easy way.
#3 Do Yoga
Yoga is a simple yet powerful way to boost your energy, and it makes a great mindful break from work!
I spend a lot of time behind my computer, and when I start feeling a little stuck or low in energy, I roll out my mat and get down to yoga business.
Even just 5 to 10 minutes of simple Sun salutations will clear your mind and make you feel like a whole new person.
#4 Go For A Run
I'm not much of a sports person (I like cycling and hiking, but that's it), but a couple of weeks ago I decided to commit to go for a run at least twice a week.
Even though I'm not particularly looking forward to my runs, I'm feeling a massive increase in energy and I'm having a much sounder sleep!
Before I start my run, I take 10 minutes to warm up my muscles with yoga and a core strengthening exercise. Then I go for a 20-minute run in the forest, and have a cold shower afterwards. It takes me about 1 hour in total, and it is so worth it. The combination of strengthening and stretching my muscles, getting my heartbeat and core temperature up, sweating, and having a cold shower afterwards is like a magic pill. Especially if you have low energy or trouble sleeping, I really recommend you give it a go!
Have you ever been on a rebounder? Then you probably couldn't help but giggle as you were jumping up and down, could you?
Rebounding is the best way to get your lymph fluid moving — which is essential for detoxification, a healthy immune system and energy maintenance.
In this article there's some great tips on buying the best rebounder or trampoline for your specific needs.
Since I don't have a rebounder yet, I simply do a series of 50 jumps on my yoga mat. Another great alternative would be rope skipping. Just try it out for yourself and notice how you feel! Whenever I feel like I need a break from work, I get up and start jumping. Massive instant energy release, guaranteed.
I hope this article has been helpful to you?
What do you do to increase your energy naturally? Any tips you'd like to share with us? Let me know in the comments section below!
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