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5 Natural Ways to Have More Energy & Get More Done For Entrepreneurs

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5 Natural Ways to Have More Energy & Get More Done For Entrepreneurs

Sarah Mae (SMae) |
5 Natural Ways to Have More Energy & Get More Done For Entrepreneurs

If you want more energy to be more productive, starting your day with coffee after hitting snooze 5 times isn’t your only option. There are plenty of ways to have more energy naturally.

Honestly, I’m embarrassed that I used to hit snooze AT LEAST 4-5 times in the morning. I would put my alarm on the most obnoxiously loud sounds I could find, which for a while it was an untuned radio station. I placed it on the other side of the room and I STILL hit it 4-5 (sometimes 6) times. I would just get up, turn it off, and go back to sleep.

Eventually, I would get up, rush around getting ready, and leave my house already stressed and tired.

Yet I never thought anything was wrong.

It wasn’t until I started contemplating starting a business that I began to question why I was SO TIRED all the time. Up until then I just thought it was normal to be tired all the time. Can you relate?

Worried that I would not have enough energy to do all the things, I started researching what successful people do to get more done. I mean, if they can be tired all the time and be so successful, what’s their secret?

In this post, I’m sharing what I learned with five things you can do to naturally increase your energy levels every day and get more done. 

5 Ways to Have More Energy

There are plenty of ways to have more energy naturally. Try some of these strategies to ensure you can stay productive all throughout the day. 

1) Listen to & Fuel Your Body

I used to be very apathetic towards food; I could take it or leave it. However, once I learned to truly listen to my body to understand what foods make me feel great and what foods don’t, I began to love food and use it as fuel to jump out of bed each morning and “do all the things”.

Let me ask you this… If sitting in a certain chair every day made you feel sick, would you continue to sit in that chair? No, you’d get a new one. Yet, we do this all the time with food.

I used to eat a LOT of cheese. I couldn’t help myself without realizing how bloated and uncomfortable it would make me. If you put a plate in front of me I would eat it, no matter how full I was. However, once I got support in removing it from my diet, I realized how much it was affecting me.

I remember going out to a restaurant one day after asking for no dairy and leaving with a sense of calm in my body that was completely foreign to me. I could only describe it as my body saying Thank You.

I’m NOT advocating any form of food restriction. Food is fuel and you should be able to choose what fuel you consume, not the food industry.

The reality is that most people are overfed and undernourished. One way to make ensure you’re getting enough nutrients is to have a green smoothie every day.

I like to include: avocado, celery, cucumber, collard greens, ginger, and arugula. I toss all the ingredients in a blender (I love my Vitamix!) and top with filtered water. I like to batch mine and freeze them, and you can customize the recipe to whatever you like. Try adding apple or lemon juice is good if you prefer it sweeter, and switch up the ingredients now and then for variety.

Energy literally comes from the food we eat, so you’ll be surprised how much energy you have once you start listening to your body and properly fueling yourself.

2) Get Enough Sleep

How many hours of quality sleep did you get last night?

If you were in bed for 7 hours, you may be tempted to say that you got 7 hours. However, the amount of sleep opportunity you give yourself does not equal the amount of quality sleep you get. Did you fall asleep the second your head hit the pillow? Did you wake up in the middle of the night? How much REM and deep sleep did you get?

If you don’t know, you’re not alone.

Apart from feeling like I never got enough of it, I never really thought much about my sleep. I certainly never thought about it as something I could work to optimize.

Yet, sleep is more important than many of us realize and, best of all, you CAN optimize it to get more quality sleep, which will help you stop hitting snooze and have more energy!

According to sleep scientist Matthew Walker, “Once you drop below seven hours [of sleep], we can start to measure objective impairments in your brain and your body. The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. Short sleep predicts all-cause mortality.”

Check out this post for 9 tips on getting better sleep!

3) Move Your Body

Do you work at a desk all day every day? Whether sitting or standing, you are still not moving.

If you want more energy you need to move your body. Intentional movement creates more of the hormones required to keep repairing and recovering, which is one of the main functions of sleep.⁣⁠

While exercise is a great way to do this, it doesn’t have to be!

It can look like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the other side of the lot so you have further to walk, going for a nice walk around the neighbourhood at the end of the day, or dancing around your apartment.

The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t need to be complicated and you don’t need special equipment.

Anything where you MOVE.

Moving your body has many benefits besides more energy and better sleep though.

According to a Harvard Medical School article, Changing your posture, breathing, and rhythm can all change your brain, thereby reducing stress, depression, and anxiety, and leading to a feeling of well-being.

I practice yoga in the mornings, and when I don’t feel like doing that I dance. Honestly, moving your body is hands down one of the best ways to have more energy.

4) Hydrate

We often do not think about how important water is. Yet, after air, it is the most important resource for our survival. You can go months without food, but only about 3 days without water.

Water is also important for productivity. Not drinking enough of it throughout the day impairs brain function. Even mild dehydration affects mood and concentration, along with increasing headaches. 

The best way to make sure you drink enough water is to have a glass jar or bottle at your desk to constantly sip throughout the day and visually see how much you’ve had.

The rule of thumb is eight 8oz glasses of water a day. However, this can fluctuate depending on your activity levels. Adidas’ Runtastic site has a great calculator that shows how much water you need to drink every day. 

5) The Importance of Health Tracking

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Therefore, if you want to improve your energy levels and overall health, it is important to track the data.

I started tracking my health data by tracking my sleep. I have an Oura Ring and I use it alongside a Google Form that I created to track things like what time I went to bed, what time I woke up, how I felt in the morning, and how much (approximately) sleep I got.

Tracking too much can become overwhelming, so I recommend choosing one change and tracking it for 30-90 days to see how it affects your life.

For example, you may decide to stop having coffee after 2pm every day for 30 days. Each day write down what time you had your last coffee, your AM and PM energy levels, your mood, any physical activity from the day, and how many times you hit snooze (if any!). This can give you an overall picture of how this strategy is working for you.

I like to create a Google Form that I fill out on my phone, but you can also just write it down. Do whatever will make it easy for you to be consistent.

Wrapping It Up

If you want more energy to be more productive, starting your day with coffee isn’t your only option.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. However, relying on it for energy is a trap.  

There are plenty of ways to have more energy naturally. Try some of these strategies to ensure you can stay productive all throughout the day. 

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