Healthy Aging: 7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy Levels
With aging comes wisdom and also changes which will affect you physically and mentally. As we age, we often have difficulty maintaining our energy levels both that come naturally to the young. All of us want to live well and age well and it all starts with creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
There are many ways that you can do to help raise your energy levels, whether you need more mental energy or physical energy. Your mental and physical energy are so intertwined that when you do something to help one you’re automatically helping the other. It’s never too late to start. Here are some effective ways you can try that cost next to nothing:
Living More Mindfully
Mindful living is the ability to stay present which has a positive impact in every area of your life. It is an important way to help reduce mental stress so that you can focus better. You will become aware of just how amazing and beautiful life can be and you will do your best to appreciate every moment to make the most of your life. Not only that; you’ll also learn to be more mindful of everything you do, which will help you avoid exhaustion in the first place, most of the time.
Click here to learn more of the 4 practices to bring mindfulness to your busy life.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Another way to stay energetic, both mentally and physically, is to be a positive person. Not everyone is positive naturally, but you can start to train your mind into being that way by keeping a gratitude journal. Each night before bed, write down three things you’re grateful for. That will make it the last thing you think of each night. You can make this even more interesting by incorporating drawing, painting and photo collage to express yourself with words plus illustrations.
Move Your Body Every Day
Moving is something that is so important that even if you have a physical job, you should still find a way to get in more moving in an intentional way. Even if it’s just a few brisk ten-minute walk, it’s a way to clear your mind and get your blood flowing. Anytime you feel a slump coming on, go for a fast walk.
Find Your Energy Music
Everyone has positive, uplifting music that they really enjoy and that makes them feel upbeat. However, some of it can also make you unproductive, so it’s important to try out different types of music for different activities. If you think a song you sing to might not be the right one for work, it may very well be just the ticket for your ride home in the car.
Play a Game
Games and puzzles are great ways to have some downtime but are also good for your mind. Do at least one type of puzzle each day (such as a crossword puzzle) to help keep your brain thinking and to get your mind off other things that are pressuring you and sucking your energy. Sometimes it’s fun to play a game with another person too, such as a fast card game like Uno just to break the pace.
Start a Yoga Practice
One of the best exercises for both mind and body is yoga. There are all types of yoga that you can get involved in. You can get free videos for beginners to get started at youtube. Alternatively, you can join a class, which is a great way to feel more connected to the world at the same time.
Drink Water and Eat Chocolate
Sometimes, it’s impossible to take time out to do anything mentioned. If that’s the case, a fast way to improve your energy is to drink water so that you’re hydrated and eat a small serving of real, low-sugar chocolate. If you cannot eat chocolate, another alternative is a crunchy apple.
Read more on the importance of staying hydrated for healthy aging.
It might seem like these activities will take away from the time you need to spend on things you need to do. But the truth is, the more productive you are, the easier everything will be. Keep in mind that many things can be within your control that affects your energy levels both physically and mentally.
Aging is inevitable and learning to embrace it makes all the difference. Productivity doesn’t mean that you need to take more time doing something. It means that you need to focus closely on what’s at hand, and not what’s to come. By taking breaks with these activities, you can help yourself become far more productive and reduce mental and physical exhaustion exponentially.