FROM SOMETHING GOOD!
(Copied,but modified, from the document of the same name.)
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE IN
A LOWER STATE OF ENERGY...OR A LOWER "MOOD".
You either need rest or rejuvenation of energy in the moment - but living in an energyless or down state is something you should not allow yourself to do. This is your life and it needs to be honored and lived at the highest!
Your resourcefulness, your productivity, your mood – all suffer for no real reason. When you raise them, the world looks better, you feel good, are more productive, and you see clearer.
“As I sit here and feel low energy, I start to look for something that is a shortcut to energy – or at least imagined by me to be. I’m cutting down on coffee, and as I wonder if I shouldn’t do as my friend did, just go back to drinking a few more cups, I think that is not a good solution. Or something sweet...no. I better just do it through movement..."
Artificial stimulants, sugar, etc.?
ONE MINUTE ENERGY comes from doing one of the following for one minute:
Moving large muscles, like your legs to waist height or close, a minimum of 100 times, while at the same time taking really deep breaths at any pace you want, with very brief holds, is guaranteed to shift how you feel and your energy.
The one minute enery break is the minimum to do. Doing more is even more beneficial, of course.
The Basic Movements (You must do these until you feel a rush of blood or energy.)
Pump my arms back and forth above my head.
Box with my arms.
Wiggle and twist and/or jump around
Bounce up and down; crouch and come up
Flex all my body muscles off and on
Open my chest
Move my arms (bent at that elbow) back and forth in front of my chest and to the
side, opening my chest. Or do a yoga like pose reaching up, opening the chest, arching backwards.
Run in place, or raise your legs touching them with the opposite hand or elbow (this is the best for me)
Stretch totally every way you can and get blood flowing
Deep, deep breathing (note the difference in breathing from having shoulders back, tall posture
8 counts in until can draw no more in and chest and shoulders go back, hold for 8
counts, breathe out for 8 counts until you have pushed every single bit of air out and
your stomach is pushed in. Repeat for the rest of the minute.
The variation on this is fast "bellows" deep breathing (2-3 breaths a second), which is incredibly exhilarating.
Super hydration (water)
Do a super straight tall chest out shoulders back posture, standing strongly and powerfully..
Deeper rest, briefly (totally rest and relax on out breath)
Nap - This doesn't appear to be in the "instant" category, but it is quick.
1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 21 minutes (but don't go beyond that as you will fall into a sleep cycle
and have your momentum and resolve go to pot.
Quick relax - Tense all muscles (or a group, if you prefer) at once, and then let go completely; works great for
quickly going to sleep, too.
A very cold shower
Always a waker-upper!
REMINDER, QUICK REFERENCE
Wallet version: Cut this out and keep it in your wallet, especially when dieting, quitting smoking, quitting sugar – or whatever you use when tired, anxious, etc.
MY PERSONAL ONE, AFTER...
After a few failures or less than good enough results, I had to modify my reminders and then actually stick thi one in my wallet AND on my phone which is with me all the time.
If I was really tired during the day for some reason, I'd "forget" about "not drinking coffee" or not dropping into the victimhood of it. I was relatively good about taking a nap, but taking a full cycle of rest (about 90 minutes) proved to be a disaster, as I'd lose all momentum plus, for some reason I would be far less motivated (possibly due to the "body reset").
Too often, I did not use all of the effectors. Major mistake, leaving some of my energy on the table, unused.