You ever have those days when you can’t seem to get off the couch? How about when a few of them string together?
Energy is interesting. It can come and go without rhyme or reason, but building it back up may be counterintuitive.
The truth is that sometimes the best way to increase energy is to use some. Especially when you don’t think you have any.
For example, last Sunday, I was having a classic lazy Sunday. It was really hot outside, and I was in and out of naps all day. The hours on the sofa were adding up until, out of nowhere, my partner turned to me and said, “put your shoes on. We’re going out.”
She’d had enough of my laziness.
It was the best suggestion. A few minutes after leaving the house, my heart started to pump, the blood started to move, and the next thing you know, I was energized to go get something to eat, run errands, and crank out a 90-minute walk. When we got home, the energy continued to flow.
That little bit of exercise completely altered the trajectory of my day and how I felt. The thing is, it felt like I didn’t have the energy to do it.
But that’s how energy works – you need a little spark to create it. Being active fuels energy, and being sedentary promotes laziness and the feeling that you don’t have any energy, yet the reality is that it just needs to be tapped.
So, if you’re feeling zapped but have been sitting down for a few hours or days, the best way to turn things around could be to get out and get active.
Try to schedule some activity every day and do it no matter how you feel. You’ll likely notice that your energy levels will become consistently higher, and you’ll feel a lot better.