40 Ways to Energize Yourself

40 Ways to Energize Yourself

40 Ways to Energize Yourself

2011
by China Brooks
 

1.  Music

Create a “uplift your vibration” playlist that you can listen to anytime. Are you able to listen to ‘I Feel Good’ by James Brown without feeling at least a little better? Listen to music with positive lyrics. Personally, I prefer music that talks about enjoying life, being powerful, and feeling good. ‘Golden’ by Jill Scott, is one example.

Use music to balance your brainwaves by listening at 432hz and/or 528hz instead of 440hz. From what I understand, BT used some kind of vibration-raising machine for his song ‘Simply Being Loved’. I don’t know if he used it for the entire song, but I heard he used it for the opening riff.

2.  Meditation

Use meditation to balance your brainwaves. Meditation(silent stillness) creates more theta state by connecting you with your soul. Theta is that state between being awake and being asleep where your subconscious mind is. It enhances creativity and imagination.

Meditation bypasses the lower selves, including your animal nature; which is preoccupied with the survival instinct. Meditation gets right to the core of you; that which is eternal and connected to all of life. This is the real reason why it reduces stress, calms the mind, and kills the mental chatter.

3.  Eat Healthy

The saying is true; you are what you eat. Foods are in three categories; they act like a medicine, they are neutral, or they act like a poison. You want to eat foods that act like a medicine to your body. Pay attention to how your body feels when you eat something. Food should not give you gas. If a certain food gives you gas, your body doesn’t want it. After you eat, you should feel good and energetic, not tired and lethargic. When you eat a giant healthy salad and drink tons of water, your body feels better. Healthy, living foods will give you energy. Processed crap will deplete you and lower your vibration. You might eat some junk and feel better momentarily but eventually you will feel worse, heavy, and gassy. Processed food messes with the chemicals in your brain as well. It disrupts metabolism, concentration, focus, and healthy body function. Ask my friends, if you put some fresh beet and apple juice in my face, I’m a happy girl!

4.  Limit Recreational Drug / Alcohol Use

Drugs are fun but they mess with the brain’s natural chemical factory. The brain has its own pleasure and reward system, which releases chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Recreational drugs cause excessive release of these chemicals. The brain starts to rely on the drug(s) to experience pleasure. Drugs start doing the brain’s job and then the brain stops functioning normally. That’s why withdrawal sucks. Even quitting something minor like weed can be tough because the brain becomes chemically reliant on it.

Prolonged use makes it harder for a person to experience heightened pleasure without drugs and alcohol. Neural pathways in the brain that send out dopamine and serotonin have to be healed and rejuvenated. Sometimes drug use permanently kills some of these neural pathways (brain cells). Have you ever known someone who was happy and full of personality while on drugs and without drugs they were depressed and sad? This is why.

5.  Take a Bath

Add herbs, Epsom, or sea salt to your bath. You can also add grapefruit peels (or grapefruit itself) for a grounding and detoxifying bath. Visit a steam room / sauna. A really hot bath and/or a sauna will remove toxins from your body. Removing toxins always makes a person feel lighter and clearer headed. Make sure you drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself.

6.  Burn Incense and Sage

Light some sage and pass it over your entire body. Sage is cleansing and it removes negative energies. You can also sage your room and home.

7.  Spiritual Tools / Spiritual Practice

Everyone should have a spiritual practice. Meditation, yoga, chanting (mantras, words, and sounds), and mudras (yoga for your hands), etc., are all useful, mood lifting exercises. The 10 Golden Minutes, 3 Things Exercise, and Gratitude Journal are some of my favorite spiritual tools that I use in my spiritual practice.

8.  Scream Into a Pillow

It’s good to have an outlet for pent-up emotions. Sometimes while I am doing yoga and emotions come to the surface to be released, I scream into a pillow.

9.  Write

Write in a gratitude journal. Write morning pages. Write a book. Write a blog article. Writing is cathartic, healing and releasing. It’s a great tool for getting things out, getting answers and for setting goals.

10. Talk To Someone

We all need to talk with someone. Human relationships are crucial in this world. There are many people you can talk to:  a friend you love and trust, a family member, a therapist, or a spiritual counselor. 

11. Reading

Certain books can raise your vibration; spiritual books always do it for me. If a certain kind of book makes you feel better, then by all means, get to reading!

12. Play More

Take your self on a date. Play more often in your life. Take yourself to the park, museum, Arboretum, or Huntington Gardens. Go to the beach. Spend a day with yourself, by yourself, in ways that you highly enjoy.

13. Nature

Get out into nature and just sit there for as long as you need. Take your shoes off and stand on the ground for 90 seconds. Doing that resets your energetic field.

14. Dance / Go Dancing

Dance in your living room. Go to a party and dance your ass off to your favorite DJ. Sweat and have a great time; dance, dance, DANCE!!!

15. Aromatherapy

Scrunch rosemary between you fingers; it smells amazing and it’s therapeutic. You can put rosemary into a hot bath, make eye pillows with it, or use it for cooking. Lavender works the same way, as do many healing herbs.

16. Smell the Roses

When you go on a walk, stop and smell the roses. I always smell the roses and it makes me feel better immediately. Some of them smell like fragrant perfume.

17. Hang Out By the Ocean

This falls under nature, but the ocean deserves individual attention. Apparently, the ocean activates Alpha brainwaves, which are highly calming and therapeutic.

18. Spend Time With Animals

We all know how awesome animals are. They are always in the now and they are simply themselves. They are fun, calming, silly, and playful. If you have a pet, spend time with your pet. Walk your dog, pet your cat, and sing with your bird.

19. Exercise

Go and take a 10 minute walk around the block. Any kind of exercise is always good. There are many, many ways for you to get exercise. But just walking for a few minutes is enough to increase your energy.

20. Drive

When you do a rote task like driving, it requires only a small amount of focus, providing a much-needed break for your overworked brain. This creates release, relief, and healing.

21. Sing

Sing in the house. Sing in the car. Sing at the top of your lungs. Sing with friends. Sing in the shower. If you make music, work on your tracks. Singing takes a lot of strength and breath control, which is very grounding, balancing, and powerful.

22. Hang Out With Friends

Make your friends some cards. Call or text them to tell them you love them. If you want love, give it away first. Companionship makes you feel connected and understood which uplift your vibration.

23. Shop

Hit up a thrift store or two. Go shopping in your own closet. I bet you have stuff in your closet that you forgot is even there. Go through your closet and create some new outfits to wear and then wear them.

24. Clear Our Clutter

Clean out a drawer, your closet, or your paperwork. If an item is not useful, beautiful, and hasn’t been used in 6 months, get rid of it. Clearing clutter is liberating. Also, in order for new (and better) stuff to come into your life, you have to make room for it. This is true in every area of your life, if you don’t love it, get rid of it.

25. Sex

Have great sex with yourself or with a partner. Sex releases happy, relaxing hormones and is a great form of exercise when done with a partner. This can also mean to abstain from having sex with partners we don't love. This will preserve our sacred, creative sexual energy. When we value ourselves enough to respect our body as a living temple of God, it uplifts our self-esteem.

26. Watch T.V.

Watch movies that inspire you to a better feeling place. There’s tons of positive stuff to watch on Netflix. Young At Heart is one of my favorites.

27. Work On A Creative Project

Write poetry, paint, make candy, and shoot a video. Working on a creative project calms the mind and fills you full of purpose; which makes you happy.

28. Garden

Water your plants. Start a garden or admire the garden you already have. Send your plants positive, loving energy. Anytime you can get your hands and/or feet in the soil, do so!

29. Clean

Cleaning causes you to be in the moment. When you do a rote task like cleaning, it requires only a small amount of focus, providing a much-needed break for your overworked brain. This creates release, relief, and healing.

30. Watch the Sunset and Sunrise

Watching an amazing sunset or sunrise immediately connects you to the good in life. It grounds your soul and makes you stop, breathe, and listen. I read that pink stands for the love of God.

31. Change Your Habits

The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Start eating healthier, take a 10 minute walk three times a week, or do a  30 day no-complaining challenge. Change.

32. Do What Makes YOU Feel Better

Dress yourself up, paint your nails, or fix up your man cave. Do what makes you feel good.

33. Hang Out With Kids

Being around children puts you in the moment. It makes you feel good by taking your attention off of yourself and onto pure joy. Go be silly and playful and fun!

34. Travel

Travel locally, go and see museums you haven’t seen before. Travel out the state; take a cross-country road trip. Leave the country and see the world. Traveling uplifts your vibration because it helps you gain a new perspective on life. You get to know different cultures and you develop a greater tolerance and appreciation for people. Plus, travel is relaxing and stimulating.

35. Gratitude Journal

You can write in your gratitude journal for 7 minutes in the morning and/or evening. It uplifts your vibration and starts your day on an empowered note.

36. Learn Something New

Teach yourself how to do something you have always wanted to learn. Take a class, read a book, watch tutorials on YouTube. Learning increases your intelligence.

37. Be In The Moment

Right now, everything is okay. Things only seem less than okay when you are focused on the past or worried about the future. Stay in the now. One way to do that is to ask yourself, “What are my hands doing right now? Feet? Fingers?” You can also look around you and notice what is good NOW.

38. Positive Aspects

Positive aspects are a process where you look for and focus on the good in any person, place, thing, or situation. There is always something good in everything; you just have to look for it.

39. Breathe

Deep breathing calms your entire body and mind. Check out these videos: How to Breathe Correctly and 7 Grounding Breaths Exercise.

40. Laugh

Check out your favorite comedians online. Look at websites that make you laugh. Some of my favorites are comedians Ellen, Louis CK, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Margaret Cho, and Katt Williams. 

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