How to have high energy all the time and never feel tired again!

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How to have high energy all the time and never feel tired again!

Skeptical?  You should be.

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that I often ask readers where they need help with natural health & beauty.

Not long ago, a reader sent me a comment like this:

I’m just so tired all the time.  It’s hard for me to get up in the morning, and I have a hard time getting motivated at work.  I’d like to know how I can have tons of energy, all of the time, and stop feeling tired!

I get a lot (a LOT) of emails from women saying they want more energy.  But the words in this one triggered something for me – she wants high energy all the time.  

Is that even possible?

And if it is possible to have high energy all of the time – should you even want that?

We’re out of sync with natural energy cycles.

The natural world strives for balance.  Summer and winter.  Day and night.  Your cup of hot tea slowly spreading its heat to the air around it, as it comes to room temperature to find a balance… (it’s Yin and Yang, isn’t it?)

In the same way, our bodies evolved to work within these natural cycles.

It’s such a pretty ideal.  Living in tune with the seasons.  Growth and heat and expansion and high-energy in the summer … counteracted by a colder, inward-facing time for reflection and restoration in the winter.

REALITY CHECK – this is not how our world operates anymore – at all.

These days, we’re expected to be ‘on’ all the time.  

If you have a 9-5 job, you’re expected to be functioning at peak capability from 9-5 Monday-Friday.

(Sorry if you’re a night owl and would do better from 11AM -7PM, or even later!  That’s not allowed.)

Even in our personal lives, we feel this pressure to “live life to the max and make the most of every opportunity!!!  Do it now or you might miss out!!!”

So it makes sense that we want to have super high energy all the time.

 

Your body knows what works.

Let me just say that I get it.

I totally understand that there is an epidemic of tiredness, especially among women today.    This used to be me!  I was physically, mentally and emotionally tired a lot of the time.  And no wonder – I was working too hard, playing too hard, always being connected, and not listening to my body’s signals to slow down and regroup.

That being said, I completely agree that being tired all the time is not good for our lives – and most of us would feel better with more steady energy.

But, it’s unrealistic to have super high energy all of the time.

In fact, rest periods are when your body can restore itself!

Rebuild.  Heal.  Chill.

Until the past 100 years, people didn’t live 24/7 lives.  (Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and modern conveniences!  But it’s helpful to put our bodies in context of how we evolved … we’re still learning how to live at our current pace!)

Great-great grandma would have gone to bed when it got dark, and woken up with the sunlight.

When people were ill, they convalesced. (What a concept!)

When women had their periods, they were sent away to a women’s tent (whatever the underlying motives – women got a few days every month to be with other women away from family responsibilities – what a luxury that would be now!)

 

We need to adjust our expectations.

Rather than punishing and pushing yourself about feeling tired this week, try to tune into your body a bit more:

  • What time of day are you the most alert? The most tired?
  • When you’re feeling tired – what is going on?   Are you stressed?  Angry? Bored?
  • What did you eat a few hours ago?  Is that making you feel energetic, or sleepy?
  • Is your tiredness a cycle? For example, do you get tired on Sundays because you dread going to work?
  • When you have good energy – what are you doing?  Who are you with?

Don’t judge.  Just observe.

You might be surprised what you find!

 

A new goal.

Instead of shooting for super high energy all of the time, let’s find a new goal.

Let’s give ourselves permission to find our own unique balance of energy and rejuvenation.

It’s different for every person.  But only you can find the solution that will work for your life.

 

Finding your unique balance looks like:

  • Having enough energy to do your work, to care for your family, to handle your responsibilities, to pursue your creative passions.
  • Taking intentional time to rest and restore yourself – which is as important as the other items on your to-do list.

 

Take Action

This week, be an energy detective.  What times of day are you the most energetic? When are you the most tired?

What small step can you take to shift some of your activities / tasks / responsibilities to the most alert part of your day?

Scroll down and leave a comment about how you’re going to take action on your energy levels this week!

About the author

Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur & alchemist. She helps entrepreneurs, business owners & executives rediscover their inner guidance, so they can create meaning, success & magic in their next stage of life & work.

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  1. I cut myself a break. Last October I decided I was working a 4 day week, and if my body told me to work less than that, I needed to do it. The result was I felt much better and my profits went up 😀

  2. As much as it would be lovely to have high energy all the time, you’re right it is extremely unrealistic! In order to maintain a neutral level of energy you need to try to get the best mixture in your life! This mixture including the right foods, drinks, amount of exercise and sleep, etc. Without taking time to relax you are going to spend any stored energy you have getting stressed, making you even less energetic and likely to do the things you really need to do!

  3. Wow, what a breath of fresh air. Im sure I’m not alone, but I don’t often allow myself true ‘off’ time. I just expect I should be able to do it all – I’m a woman after all : )
    I am definitely going to do this, it’s the only way forward
    Thanks Amanda x

  4. Thanks Amanda, I couldn’t agree more with your article.

    What I have learnt is that there is much more energy that I would have imagined in following my own pace. It isn’t *just* about resting because you’re tired – though in itself, a very wise move – but by following our own rhythm and priorities, we gain SO MUCH leverage in the things that we do do! By filtering what we choose to do also, we gain so much fulfilment! It’s all very well doing the washing up twice a day but it doesn’t buy you happiness or energy – do what really counts for you and forget the rest, regardless of how it seems you’re demanded it. Life has a funny way to repay you for listening to yourself and keeping yourself happy by prioritising what really counts for you – by which I mean what feels good or when it feels good.
    There’s such leverage in the pulling action – and such unrewarding exhaustion in the push action!

    Also, let’s remind ourselves that the more drained we get ourselves (or over-stimulated, or on overdrive etc.) the worse we sleep. The body quickly forgets its on / off button *even if* you do get to have 6 hours sleep at night! The more you take it easy in life (not to say you do nothing, but do things that you can do with ease), the more energy you have, the better you rest and digest, the more energy you have etc.

    1. Very wise comments, thanks Rozenn! I totally agree about filtering out the unimportant stuff, and trying to focus as much as possible on what’s important to you (regardless of what everyone else thinks!)

  5. Whenever I hear people talk about being tired all the time, I tell them to explore the possibility of a gluten intolerance or another food-related issue. For me, when I am gluten free I have incredible amounts of energy. If I cheat and go for pastries or pasta, all I want to do is sleep. It’s worth researching and working with a doctor or in my case, a chiropractor who is also a nutrional counselor, to see if food is the cause.

    1. HI Susan, good point that food directly effects how you feel – it’s always worth experimenting to see what works for you.

  6. Thanks – what a great reminder Amanda. There’s a movement (or should it be called a ‘stillment’!) gathering of ‘PAUL’s’! (Promoting An Unhurried Life’) see twitter #proudtobepauls. As a former M.E. sufferer whose body, mind and emotions had that crippling allergic response to the demand to relate all the time I know how food is a great healer, restorer and sustainer. I also (now!) accept that the adage ‘Rest, work and play’ is balanced and natural! About to re-tweet…

  7. just want to say thank you – it’s awesome to hear someone remind us that we don’t have to/can’t possibly be energetic all the time. Terrible to say, but i assumed after reading the title of the post that you were going to tell us about a brand new product or ingredient…! silly me – you’re much better than that! thank you

    1. Haha, thanks for being honest! I heard from a reader on FB that she thought the same thing from the article title 🙂 I WAS trying to be a bit controversial there…

  8. So true! I go through periods where I just can’t stop napping and I end up sleeping 12 hours a day for a week. I can also be super hyper, so my energy tends to bounce from high to low to high… I’m most susceptible to crashes in the late morning and early afternoon, but if I can keep myself moving, drink some green tea, and avoid cozy places like my bed or couch then I can get through it. I work at night, though, and this is when I have the most energy. Sometimes I’m so energetic I can’t even sit in my chair. I’m still figuring out how to even it all out.

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