Are you struggling to stay awake during the day? It could be the culprit is not so much what you're doing wrong as what you're NOT doing. In other words, if you're not making time for your yoga or meditation practice or you're not refilling your water bottle quite enough during the day, your batteries may not be as charged as they could be. Here are 5 ways you may be draining your energy level and quick fixes to feel your best every day.
1. You're not meditating.
Meditation helps you reduce stress, and it can also help you tap into your inner energy reserves. Plus, it doesn't have to take long ... less than 5 minutes a day can do the trick. Not sure where to start? Try this energy-boosting meditation from Sally Kempton: Begin by sitting quietly and focusing on your heart. Imagine yourself drawing in the energies you’ve given out today. Pull back the energy that has gone into chatting, encounters at work, the distractions of shop windows, or the emotional pull of others. Get the full meditation here.
2. You're not making time for your yoga practice.
Are you having trouble making time for your yoga practice? Even doing just a couple of poses can give you a quick energy boost. Next time you're feeling sluggish, try taking a revitalizing pose, such as Bridge, Camel, or Downward-Facing Dog. Also try these poses to fight fatigue: Big Toe Pose, Bow, and Child's Pose.
3. You're not breathing the right way.
Pranayama, the practice of controlling the breath, has a direct impact on stress hormones, heart rate, mood state and more, according to The Science of Breathing. While the best way to learn Pranayama is with the help of an experienced teacher, you can start with these 5 basic practices. Also try this Pranayama to fight fatigue.
4. You're not drinking enough water.
Feeling sleepy? Refill that water bottle. Ayurveda suggests that we drink seven or eight glasses of water every day to clear ama (toxins) from the body and make sure that your vital energies flow smoothly, Alison Rose Levy reports in the Yoga Journal story Balance Your Dosha With Spice Water. For an extra boost of flavor and energy, try Nature's Way Alive!® energy MAX water enhancers. Simply add to water to enjoy a tasty beverage with an extra kick. Try three delicious flavors: Orchard Peach, Tropical Fusion, and Berry Blast.
5. You're not getting enough sleep.
Are you having trouble waking up in the morning or crashing midway through the day? Here's the no-brainer explanation -- you didn't get enough sleep! These 15 poses focused on deep breathing to calm your mind and release physical tension will help you get your ZZZs, and feel well rested in the morning.
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