In 2014, we spent over $12 billion on energy drinks in the U.S., and 56% of adults drink coffee and consume an average of 13 cups per week!
If one thing is clear, we all want more energy.
Are you dealing with the aftermath of some not-so-healthful habits you picked up over the holidays?
I was and so was my wife, Diana. We had fallen out of some of our routines, and we were feeling the frustration of the mid-afternoon energy drop around 3pm. We’d reach for a snack as a quick pick-me-up. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work too well. We were still struggling to keep our focus. So we’ve rearranged our work schedule, and we now take an afternoon walk at 3pm. Instead of struggling to be productive during that time, we get out and move our body’s in the fresh air. And it’s worked amazingly well!
Are you feeling your energy drop off in the afternoon, compelling you to reach for that cookie or cup of coffee as a pick-me-up? If you’re like many people, you enjoy the ritual of stepping out for a short walk to your local Starbucks for a costly cup of the bitter life-juice.
Have you ever considered that perhaps part of the joy and energy you get out of that experience could be from the walk itself and the fresh air? Is there a social component as well…maybe you go for a walk with a friend? Diana and I have wonderful conversations and great insights during our walks in the park.
Even if you can’t get out for very long, can you step away for 5 – 10 minutes and take a quick walk around the block? Do this a couple of times each day and watch your levels of clarity, focus, and energy increase. After our afternoon walk, we feel rejuvenated and energized. Even though we’re clocking less work time, we are getting much more accomplished!
If you want to take it a step further, how about leaving your phone behind? This will eliminate the temptation to text or check emails. Give your brain the break that it needs, especially if you’re already spending most of the day staring at screens and words. Allow your brain to relax, take in the scenery, and walk near some grass and trees if possible. Connecting with nature puts both of us in an inspired state, and we start thinking from a place of possibility.
Will you implement this healthy ritual for yourself in 2018? Will you give your body the fresh air and movement that it needs to stay healthy and sustain your energy for years to come? How different would your day be if you transformed your frustration into possibility?
Remember, it’s all the little things we do each day that add up to significant change in our lives.