Want to improve your energy levels?
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to achieve that is to look at the things in your life that are draining your energy and remove them. This is a ‘subtractive’ method rather than an additive way to improve your energy. In other words, you are improving your stamina by doing less and not by doing more – which is considerably easier when your energy is low, to begin with, and taking on new challenges can be exhausting.
But which habits should you break if you want to get back your energy? Here are some of the top candidates.
Tea and Coffee
If you use caffeine to power you through the day, then this is something you should look at stopping right away. Caffeine can actually severely hamper your energy levels and may even be what’s making it so hard to get up in the morning.
When you drink caffeine, it emulates the molecule ‘adenosine’ in the brain. This is a molecule that builds up over the day and which eventually makes us feel tired and groggy. However, because caffeine emulates adenosine, it can ‘plug’ the adenosine receptors, rendering it inert. The result? An artificial feeling of energy and drive.
But this eventually leads to tolerance and dependence. The brain produces more adenosine receptors to counteract the perceived lack of adenosine, and as such, you need more caffeine to feel normal. This leads to withdrawal, and that withdrawal is one of the things making you feel so groggy in the morning!
Nicotine is a stimulant and is even used as a nootropic. But when you smoke, you also inhale any harmful gasses, which can severely damage your lung capacity. Eventually, this can lead to a significantly impaired VO2 Max, making it hard to move around without coughing and splurting simply. Try using vaporizers to break the habit.
Procrastinating wastes your valuable time without giving you the ‘permission’ you need to rest appropriately. Worst of all is procrastinating late at night and watching YouTube, for instance, into the small hours because you can’t be bothered to get up and get ready for bed.
Try to take the attitude of either being ‘off’ or ‘on.’ Walk or sit – don’t wobble. In other words, when you notice your productivity start to wane, embrace it and use it as a chance to recharge correctly so you’ll have more energy to get up and go later.