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It’s Day 6 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
There are guidelines for everything. From a health perspective, you can Google any subject and find guidelines that give a general idea on what it takes to be healthy and generate bountiful energy. These suggestions are standards based on the average person in average circumstances. Though they are an indicator, they aren’t completely accurate for everyone.
You are unique and the way your body generates energy is determined by your unique physiology, lifestyle, preferences, and habits. What works for someone else may not work for you. In some ways, the guidelines might be spot on, and in others, they may be entirely off base for you. That’s why it’s important to listen to your body.
Your mind and body are connected. When it comes to energy, your mind and body are working together to give you all the information you need to generate and maintain your unique brand of energy. Listening to your mind and body will help you recognize what revs up your energy and what drains it.
Our bodies are always signaling the brain. They are reacting to what you eat, how you behave, and what you experience. It’s possible to learn to listen to your mind and your body and use the information and feedback to choose energy-generating behaviors. If you aren’t already, pay attention to-
- How food affects you
- The amount of sleep you need
- What activities get our revved up
What you eat matters
Food creates energy and what you eat matters. The quality and quantity of the foods you eat for optimal energy often look entirely different than someone else’s. Pay attention to what foods seem to rev up your energy and which drain it. Everyone has unique sensitivities, allergies, and reactions. As a general rule — or guideline — whole foods work best to generate more energy, but some healthy foods might cause adverse reactions despite being good for your body.
Pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal or specific foods. If you feel sluggish, have pain, or experience anything other than feeling energized it could be important to evaluate if that food is a good choice for your unique brand of energy.
How much you sleep matters
High-quality rest ranks right up there with high-quality food. Getting the right type of rest and knowing how much your body needs will help you generate your unique brand of energy. Guidelines tell us that infants and children need a lot more rest, young adults and middle-aged people can get by on 7-8 hours and as we age, we tend to sleep less. That may or may not be the case for you.
Test out your sleep needs by allowing yourself to fall and stay asleep without an alarm. Check to see how many hours your body naturally sleeps without being artificially woken up. Once you determine the number of hours your body prefers, build a routine that allows you to sleep the number of hours your body needs to generate more energy.
How you spend your time matters
Everyone has the same number of hours to use up per day. How those hours are spent, is unique. From work to play, the activities you engage in can rev up your energy or deplete it. Your unique personality lends itself to certain activities and finds very specific things exciting and energizing. Guidelines tell us to engage in extracurricular activities that stimulate our minds and create a sense of wonder. Your unique personality might need more or less activity to feel stimulated and emotionally satisfied.
Try out a variety of activities and pay attention to how you feel. In essence, see where your passions lie and how you react when you engage in meaningful activities. Allow yourself plenty of options for fun and don’t limit yourself from trying new things.
Generally speaking, humans need to eat, drink, sleep, and have a sense of purpose for optimal health. Outside of those guidelines, we are all unique. Our energy comes from the nuanced aspects of our preferences and what light’s our fire. Your mind and body are connected and will indicate through reactions what things bring you more energy and get you excited about life. Pay attention to the cues and learn to read them so you can maximize your unique brand of energy.
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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.