Getting sober, it can be hard to have the energy to get through our days. We’ve grown accustomed to increasing energy with drugs or lots of stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. However, there are healthier ways to give our bodies the energy it needs. From essential oils to moving, here are a few ways you can give the mind and body some energy.
Essentail Oils for Energy
There are many essential oils you can use to help increase energy. Although it may seem silly or too alternative, there are actual studies to back up the use of essential oils for helping increase energy. Online Essential Oils Guide lists some great oils and their uses at https://onlineessentialoilsguide.com/uses/energy/.
Oils like peppermint, lemon, wild orange, and eucalyptus can help you keep your energy and focus throughout your days. Peppermint is an incredibly effective energy booster, and can be applied topically, ingested, or diffused. We highly recommend checking essential oils out and giving them a shot!
There are many foods that can cause lethargy, and many healthy foods that can boost energy. Watching what we eat can have a dramatic effect on our energy levels throughout the day. We can steer clear of sugar and too much caffeine, and eat more healthy proteins and complex carbohydrates.
We also need to watch our consumption of things like nicotine and caffeine. Even though there are changing views on marijuana use, it is really not good for you, especially if you have a history of addiction or mental health disorders. We can watch everything we consume and see how it impacts our body and mental experience.
Exercise and Light Movement
Studies have found that even light exercise can dramatically alter our mental and physical experience. Get some movement during your day. When we sit still too long, we become lethargic and tired. If you work in front of a computer, take breaks during your day to get up and move! Keep the mind and body working.
You don’t need to do dramatic or difficult exercises. Just get the body moving and the heart pumping. A walk around the block or a few jumping jacks can really make a difference!
Getting Your Sleep
This may seem rather obvious, but you need to get your sleep if you’re to have energy throughout your day. It may be hard to sleep well in early recovery, and getting through early recovery often means figuring out how to sleep without drugs and alcohol. Try to change your bedtime habits, go to sleep at a regular time, and wake up at a regular time. Get your body going with a regular rhythm.
Rest and Meditation
Finally, you can give your mind and body some rest during your day. This may be a nap, a period of just relaxing and reading a book, or maybe some yoga and meditation practice. Throughout our days, we may grow tired. Listen to your mind and body and give yourself some rest! By pausing and taking some time for rest, you may be able to be more productive than if you just powered through that tired feeling in the first place!