SCAN THIS WHOLE COLUMN FOR IDEAS!
THE ENERGY CARD RE-MINDER
See the "Energy Card" to carry around with you, remind you of what to do when "down" in any way:
ABSOLUTELY DO THE MASTER ROUTINE, BELOW!
THE ENERGIZING ROUTINES
1. Regularly: Regardless, reenergize every 50-90 minutes (decide what is best for you_
2. Whenever you are feeling/noticing low energy (or the indicators of it, such as fuzzy thinking, sluggishness, body not "feeling good").
Decide the times, then set the alarms necessary to assure that you will do it. (See what to do, in the body of the Discussion to the left.)
WHAT TO DO, WHEN...
Of course, we do different routines to meet what is required for different circumstances and levels.
THE REGULAR MASTER ROUTINE (Every time block; for me every 80 minutes within a time block of 90 minutes, i.e. for a 10 minute break.)
1, Drink a full glass of water
2. Quick in and out breaths through the nose only, rapidly raising arms over my shoulders and head. Make sure all breaths are deep and "hit bottom". (Similar to this: Video - start at 5:00 minutes)
To a count of 30; perhaps 30 seconds
Stop if you get dizzy, check with doctor to
see if it is ok to do, perhaps start less
3. Cupping, patting entire body. See "Qigong" page, 1st half. (See the other videos on YouTube.)
Repeat rapid nose breathing, as above.
Optional (all or one or more):
20+ forward lunges (Video, 2:20)
20 quick pushups
20 jumping jacks (or "standing", moving only
one leg to the side, alternating)
20 squats (Video, 2:25) (on heels, knees not
moving forward, so you are "sitting")
What is "hitting bottom"? It is breathing in with sufficient depth (or force) to feel as if your breath hits the bottom of your lungs or stomach, like you've breather in fully.
Do this until you feel winded or exhilarated, or you won't have done enough.
QUICK PICK ME UPS:
Stand: I stand when I feel like I'm drifting into less energy or my body seems to need it. My full sized desk, which is big enough to raise my two monitor screens, is electronically raised so I can stand up and continue working, standing in great posture. As I get up, I breathe deeply.
Instant Energy From Something Good: Pretty much all the quick energy strategies to draw from. (The Bellows breath is similar to the quick in and out breaths through the nose.)
Drink a full glass of water
10 deep breaths and/or
Up to 30 quick in and out thru nose breaths,
while raising arms in rhythm.
Exercise of major muscles such as w/ pushups, squats) An excellent one is to raise knees touching them with your elbows.
(Use the small reminder card from that section.)
OTHER ENERGIZING ROUTINES
BUT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY MAY NEED
Once a day, usually, I will use The Power Of Napping. I recommend it super-highly, even if you've already has a good night's sleep, as it substantially increases alertness and productivity.
CONSIDER THIS "SUPER STRATEGY"
Although Tim Ferriss does ice baths, there are others who have spotted the obvious metabolism and energy raising of "cold showers" or immersions. Tony Robbins jumps into a cold tank every morning as part of his day launch morning routine. I have found, for me, that it is quite energizing to turn on somewhat cold water after taking a regular shower. It is not totally cold, but it is enough to initiate a reaction of "speaking tongues" and feeling like I must dance around, though it quickly becomes relatively ok, and then it becomes refreshing. I have not mastered doing this for a few minutes, but I do it long enough (30 seconds minimum unless I wimp out a little) at "just cold enough" to get a jolt. And I feel great afterwards for just the price of 30 seconds of discomfort - what a great buy!!!!