Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Positive Energy Boosters

Waking up this morning with a little cold to go with the other fun stuff related to yesterday's post about  taper, periods, PMS, and the process of moving has reminded me to be more conscious of the things that help BOOST ENERGY and increase positive flow in my life. Some of your awesome comments got me thinking about this too so here are just a few of the many things that I have on my list for Boosting Energy:

Healthy Breakfast
I grew up with a mom that was very good about making sure we started our day with a GOOD breakfast.  At the time, I didn't appreciate it.  Getting a bowl of oat-looking mush with bee pollen, flax seeds, and other weird looking tree-hugging "stuff" wasn't really something that made my kid-self smile with gratitude.  But I sure am glad for it now.  It is so easy for me to get busy during the mornings with helping my kids get ready for school, making appointments, and getting distracted by various to-dos.  It isn't unlikely for me to look at the clock and notice that it is late morning and I haven't eaten anything yet.  Just coffee.  Yikes!  This is no good.  Today I made sure to cook up a big bowl of steel cut oats and top it with flax, chia, Udo's Oil, apples, agave, and a bit of soy milk.  YES!  This will stick with me for awhile.  My body says "Thank YOU!"  



Breathing
Breathing is a natural part of life. We all do it.  We have to.  But I notice such an energy boost and calm that comes when I take even a few minutes to be more aware of my breathing.  And including imagery and meditation with those deliberate breaths.  I usually try to find a quiet place or just step out on my deck for a couple minutes at various times during the day and 
JUST.
BREATHE. 
In fact, this was actually part of what was written in my marathon plan for this week.  
I put my arms out, up or by my side and with every breath I focus on positive thoughts.  Sometimes I just repeat words like Love, Health, Kindness, and Strength as I breathe.  Other times I visualize a strong finish in my race.  And then many times I visualize positive energy flowing directly to the areas of my body that need healing.  I know, to some of you this sounds like mumbo jumbo hocus pocus but hey, it works for me.  


Time Being Still With My Kids
So much energy comes from being intent with the time I stop chasing my tail and just sit down with my children.  This often comes in the form of reading a book together and cuddling on the couch.  Not only does this fill me up with love and positive energy but it does the same for them.  These are some of the most cherished moments in life.  It is easy to get busy and not stop long enough to do this.  So Energizing!

Photo from here.


Sunshine
Ah, Portland has had some of the most beautiful sunshine this winter.  Yesterday it was nice enough to actually relax on our deck.  The kids had a friend over and they spent the afternoon dressed in swimsuits and going on treasure hunts in the trees while I had time to relax and soak up some vitamin D.  



Gratitude
There is so much power and energy that comes from listing the many things we have to be thankful for.  So much abundance in this life!  I often include lists of gratitude in my journals but many times I say them out loud for my kids to hear.  We share our gratitude over breakfast, at the dinner table or in the car on the way to and from the various places we go.  It is always neat for me to notice the boost in mood that comes after listing some of the really great things in life that are easy to overlook.  

Hugs

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What are some of the things that would go on your list of ways to Boost Energy? I suppose I'm talking about several different forms of energy in this post...Physical energy as well as mental, emotional and spiritual energy.  Adding to this later I'd definitely add Naps and Running...two of my favorite energy boosters!

Amanda

18 comments:

  1. - I am kinda a weirdo about breakfast, like your mother, we had to eat breakfast before the start of the day, I guess over the years of just eating cereal everyday, I cant stand cereal anymore, nothing, not even oatmeal. So I eat what 95% of the world considers lunch. At 7am I am having a turkey sandwich and a salad, and FOR LUNCH, I have greek yougurt w/ chia seeds and fruit, which more people would consider a breakfast meal.

    - What is this sunshine you speak of???? I dont have any????

    - Ok... So.... can I print out that Hug picture and randomly give people 20 second hugs? And then show them the card, showing it is totally ok? Maybe I should show them the card first? I think it will work, I may try it this evening at the gym, if I survive, I will report the findings of this experiment.

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    1. Oh I almost forgot, my grandmother use to sing

      "Gratitude is an attitude of thanks"

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    2. Awesome! Hey, turkey sandwich at 7am doesn't sound so bad. As long as I have coffee first. I would to hear if you try this hug experiment. 20 seconds is a long time...almost awkward for me. ha!

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  2. Breakfast is definitely my favorite and most imporatnt meal of the day. It gets my day started off right and gives me the energy I need to get MOVING.

    The ocean gives me energy and a sense of calm. It slows me down but re-energizes my spirit, if that makes any sense.

    Laughter with friends brings me immediate energy and joy. There is nothing better than a laugh fest with your best girlfriends.

    Running - obviously! I can go from feeling like a slug to a million bucks in the duration of a run. It's pretty incredible how powerful a good run can be.

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    1. Love! Yes, the ocean does this for me too. As does laughter and of course running. About to go on a 6 mile mpish run and so so so so excited! This drop in mileage is a drop in energy for me.

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  3. Just bought some Quinoa and chia seeds online. I might hit you up for help on how to fix them. I mainly bought the stuff to make some protein bars.
    Just thought I'd tell you that. I thought about you twice today. The song Breathe came on Pandora - LOVE that song and then we had a health session at work over lunch and worked on our breathing. You were on my mind then too and I could see that picture you posted. Love it and now I'm kinda wishing I got the Breathe training bracelet. I'm going in for 20 second Dale hug tonight. He isn't a fan of hugs but my head fits perfectly on his chest and I could stand there all night whether he is annoyed or not.

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    1. yay! I cook quinoa in my rice cooker just like rice! I love that song too! You'll have to get a Breathe one for Christmas. :) Enjoy hugging Dale. :)

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  4. Napping is my favourite way to increase my energy levels. But if I don't have time for that (and most days I don't) I have to resort to hugging Toby and yoga. Both work brilliantly.

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  5. I love napping too, I just wish they would let me nap at work. I have always been a big fan of hugging too.

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    1. I got a nap today...it was short but so energizing. And yeah, I like hugs but not always..long hugs can get awkward with just anyone.... 20 seconds is long time! :)

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  6. I just started a body pump class at the gym and even though it's a hard hour long weight class, I find myself concentrating on my form and the teacher so much that it helps me feel full of energy after I'm done--and glad that I made it through another class. The tired and sore oddly enough gives me a mental boost.

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    1. Used to love Body Pump! Totally got results too!

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  7. I want to thank you for all your posts. I read a random mish-mash of blogs on all different topics, and yours always reminds me to slow down and be more present with my children and my family. You also make me feel like I'm not alone, since I do all those crazy mommy things like you do (like crazy homemade healthy yummies).

    So thanks for keeping me inspired, making me laugh, and helping me find the simple joys in life!

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    1. I e-mailed you too but Alice, THANK YOU For taking a moment to say thank you. This made my night! Really, your words are so nice.

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  8. Laugh, laugh, laugh...there is nothing like a good laugh. For me, the ones with the little people are the best.

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  9. And i read this eating a big bowl of oatmeal and there's sunshine in the forecast today!

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