John C. Maxwell once said that “you’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily,” and it couldn’t be truer.
When you’re caught in the middle of a busy life, you’ll easily find yourself losing the energy that you used to have and that could affect the different aspects of your life, from the way you look to the way you deal with other people.
But before burnout happens, here are five simple habits that you can embrace to increase your energy quickly:
1. Go to bed early.
There’s a good reason you always hear this advice—because it works. Sleep can do wonders to your mind and body, and you don’t even need anything to do it. You just need to discipline yourself and manage your time well, so you can get seven to eight hours of sleep every day and feel more energized in the morning.
Although some people would claim that they can function well with just four hours of sleep, an experiment revealed that people who are sleep-deprived tend to lose focus and show a decline in mental performance even if they think that they are doing fine.
2. Make the effort to dress up.
Here’s the thing: it can be hard to feel good if you don’t look good. When you don’t make the effort to dress up even if you’re at home, it easily translates to your mood because your brain will tell you that since you’re wearing pajamas, maybe it’s time to feel lazy.
So, if you want to set the tone for your energy throughout the day, you need to make it a habit to prepare yourself every morning. Take a shower, brush your teeth and choose outfits that will help make you look and feel good.
3. Blast your favorite playlist.
Nothing beats like a good set of songs to get your energy up at any time of the day. If you feel bored, lazy or just downright exhausted, singing to your favorite tunes can instantly change your mood and give you more energy to continue on with your day.
Many people even create playlists specifically for work, working out or doing household chores to keep them energized and motivated while accomplishing these tasks. Do the same, and you’ll surely find these playlists handy when you’re not having the best day.
4. Chew a gum.
This might not be the most common tip for increasing energy, but chewing a gum can actually work wonders for you. According to studies, chewing a gum helps to stimulate sympathetic nervous activity that increases your energy expenditure and heart rate.
This is why you’ll find a lot of people bringing a pack of chewing gum in their pockets, so they can chew one whenever they feel stressed or tired. The same study also revealed that chewing a gum can help to increase your walking distance because you feel more energized.
5. Embrace your quirky side.
Sometimes, we get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of daily life that we forget to stop and experience the little things that bring us real happiness. But like they say, you should stop and smell the flowers, which means that you need to start embracing your quirky side.
When was the last time you danced in front of a mirror? Try doing it this time and just be carefree enough to release all your stress and live at the moment.
Whether you’re feeling down, bored or stressed, doing less serious things can help you loosen up and re-focus your energy, so you can make better decisions and manager stress better.
Of course, happiness should be a choice that you make every day. There will be slow days, and you’ll feel like you’re not doing enough or anything at all.
But when you start to embrace these five simple habits, it would be easier for you to stay on track by making sure that you have the energy to accomplish anything that comes your way.
Life is not easy, that’s for sure. But you can always commit to happiness by practicing habits that will slowly but surely change your life for the better.