We all hit “the wall” and find ourselves needing a little something to will us through. What if there was a way to never hit “the wall?” Sorry. Anyone who promises you can live and lead without getting tired is selling you something. However, can you minimize your afternoon “blahs” or push through a late-night session and choose something healthier than jelly doughnuts? YES! Boost your energy and try these options I have found helpful the next few times you “hit the wall…”
Hydrate. This is as simple as it is essential. After all, you are mostly H2O. Before anything else (coffee, calorie laden “energy drink”) drink at least 8oz of the stuff you are made of towards a 64oz per day goal!
Snack. No, not a candy bar or pack of Peanut M&M’s (my personal weakness). Try fruit, vegetables, granola, or almonds. These are the original energy snacks that are not only better for you in the long run, but will keep you from that sugar “crash” an hour later.
Get up & get moving. Take a few minutes and walk around your office, down the hallways, up and down a couple flights of steps, drop and do some push-ups, 25 jumping jacks (or “burpees” for you cross-fit fanatics out there), do some stretching. Whatever you do, don’t just sit there. MOVE!
Feel-good music. We call it “Getting your praise on!” in the church! Whatever works for you. Old-school to top-forty, classical to country, reggae to rap, jazz to blues (okay, maybe not blues), or some funky combination of all the above. If it get’s your toe tapping, head bobbing, or working some moves only you can move…. turn it on and crank it up! For me, there’s nothing like the latest praise & worship with some David Crowder or classic Petra.
Encourage. Few things energize you like encouraging others. God has designed things so that it is virtually impossible to lift someone else up and not sense something rising inside of you. Go ahead, make someone’s day with a compliment or just to tell them how much they are appreciated for who they are.
Organize. This is code for cleaning and clearing your desk or work-space. Grab a trash can and attack that pile. File (or better yet, scan and save) important documents and throw away the rest. If you haven’t needed it in the last 30 days, you aren’t likely to need it anytime soon. Don’t let papers pile-up and clutter not only your desk but your mind. By the way… that whole “clutter is a sign of genius” thing is for the 1% that you and I are unlikely to qualify for.
Breathe. That’s right… take a deep breathe. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this three times and get your blood pumping oxygen rich!
Smile. Stop scowling. Raise your eyebrows. Lighten up and laugh at something or, better yet, at yourself!
Pray. We all need divine intervention. Read a favorite Psalm or Proverb. Then, ask God for the energy you lack and the motivation you need to press on. Remember, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2b, NIV)
Finally, make a list. The sense of being overwhelmed with no plan can zap your get-up-and-go. My wife is a master at this one! Take a few minutes and make a “To Do” list for the rest of the day or week. Put a couple of quick “wins” at the top of the list and find yourself getting pumped-up as you begin to check things off.
We all “hit the wall.” And, be honest, you know you should be doing these things. Next time, boost your energy with some of these healthy options.
“I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)