Life is full of opportunities, and potential adventures just waiting to be explored. But if you struggle with chronically low energy levels, or otherwise have a hard time with motivating yourself, identifying the best path forward, or managing to get as much done as you’d like, a lot of those doors will be closed to you.
Sometimes, the things that hold us back from living a life as energetic and active as we’d like, will be largely out of our control. We might, for example, be involved in a no-fault accident that forces us to deal with a significant amount of necessary downtime, and necessitates obtaining representation from Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, or a similar law firm, in order to obtain compensation.
In many instances, however, the things that hold us back from living truly outgoing lives will be significantly less dramatic when inspected close-up, and can be resolved through various lifestyle tweaks and habit changes.
If you’re finding it difficult to live in as energetic and active a manner as you like, here are a few tips that might help.
Add one or two activities to your routine each day that get you excited about getting out of bed
It’s easy to fall into a state of feeling de-energised, and unmotivated, when your everyday routine is entirely filled with activities that you do, in fact, genuinely find demotivating.
Let’s put it this way – it’s pretty unlikely that if your schedule for the day revolves around having root canal done, and filing your tax returns, you’re going to be leaping out of bed with enthusiasm in the morning.
A simple way of getting around this issue is to add one or two focused activities to your routine each day that get you genuinely excited about getting out of bed in the morning.
The key, here, is generally to focus on only a couple of core activities, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the weight and complexity of your plans for the day.
You should, however, ensure that whatever irritating or tiring activities you have to engage in are counterbalanced by a “reward” or two.
So, for example, how about allowing yourself an hour of watching your favourite TV show in the morning, as a reward for waking up early? Or “booking in” a bit of time in the evening to spend on a hobby that truly motivates you, and helps to create a greater sense of overall meaning in your life?
Limit idle and unproductive forms of entertainment in your life, so that boredom actually plays a motivating role
An interesting phenomenon that been commented on by some authors over the last few decades, is the fact that as our “low-effort” entertainment options expand, our inherent motivation to seek out “adventure” in the wider world diminishes.
Ultimately, this is to be expected. Think of it this way – in the days before the Internet, or even television — what would you do with your evenings and weekends when it was time to unwind?
Well, it’s unlikely that you’d spend all of your time sitting alone in your home by yourself. Why? Simple. Boredom would kick in in a big way, and play a fundamental role in motivating you to get out of your comfort zone, and seek out adventure and stimulation in the outside world.
These days, it’s very easy to replicate a major part of the concert-going experience by watching live footage of your favourite band on YouTube. And it’s equally as easy to get your heart racing by playing a fast-paced videogame in your living room.
By actively taking steps to limit the number of idle and unproductive forms of entertainment in your life, you may actually find that you’re automatically driven to live a more energetic, active, and outgoing life, simply as a result of the need to avoid boredom.
Experiment with your diet, and adopt an eating style that optimises your energy levels
If your diet is bad, your energy levels are likely to also be suboptimal. This is hardly likely to come as a surprise to anyone, when you consider that the food you eat directly fuels your physical and mental performance.
Try experimenting with different diet approaches and eating styles, in order to find one that works for you.
You’ll know when it’s working, because you’ll feel better, will be more energetic, and won’t feel lethargic all day (all of these symptoms can be linked to some degree diet-related health disorders such as insulin resistance, or food allergies.)