At Wakeout we're on a mission to help people have productive and joyful workdays. An essential part of achieving that is to teach you how to start the day feeling creative, full of life, ready to take on the day's challenges.
Can you remember the last time you felt this way? Think for a moment and try to recall the experience.
In this article we're going to show you how to reclaim that same flow of good vibes quickly and reliably. From getting in the right mindset, to practical little habits you can apply to your daily routine to start fresh.
13 reliable ways to rejuvinate your mind and body every day
#1 Eat nuts and bananas
Nuts are a great source of nutrients. So are bananas. They're flooded with antioxidants, help your mind and body recover, and, bottom line, they are super easy to add to your diet. So go nuts!
#2 Take a cold shower
If you haven’t already jumped on the Wim Hof bandwagon - now is the time. Long story short, he’s an exentric Dutch that climbed Kilimanjaro in shorts, ran a race across the Arctic barefoot, and held his entire body under ice water for 112 minutes.
He did all those feats to help us realize what our bodies are capable of. In the aftermath, he pushed researchers to discover that cold exposure induces epinephrine - a molecule that allows us to burst in energy, relieves stress, and gives a boost to our momentary mental performance.
#3 Take frequent movement breaks
"Prolongued Sitting Syndrome", a known but yet unnamed modern lifestyle illness, takes a hold of more than half of the US population. The average American sits around 12 hours a day - and it robs us all of our good health and liveliness.
If you want to rejuvenate - and find something that will work in a long run - then consider breaking your prolonged seated periods with brief exercise. Get chair-unstuck. Exercise breaks will not just relieve you of mental spasms, they will help you fast-charge your batteries and keep you energized for longer.
#4 Rejuvenate the soul with mindfulness
And not just meditation. Test out the waters and see whether your mind prefers breathing exercises, Yoga, or journaling over mindfulness meditation.
In addition to those, a recent study prompted us to also consider Yoga Nidra as a mindfulness practice. The results showed a notable improvement in the mental health of college professors.
#5 Take a nap
If you like short and sweet, and the absence of conscious effort, here’s your remedy. Power naps are not just quick and easy, they are a window to a whole fresh start to your day. A Cleveland Clinic's piece states naps are proven to enhance mood, alertness, reaction time, memory, and focus.
Doze off anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes, and you'll be well on your way to tackle the rest of your day wearing new, shiny glasses on.
#6 Breathe in refreshing fragrances
It might come as a surprise, but there is a handful of evidence stacked up to confirm aroma therapy can have bolstering effects on your well-being.
The scent of citrus can alter your energy levels and enhance your mood. So make sure you get your hands on lemon, lime, or orange aromatic oil. If you're under a lot of stress, then oral lavender can soothe your rushing mind - it supposedly relieves anxiety, helps with sleep, and promotes relaxation.
#7 Go outside and have fun
Keep this in mind - energy well spent produces more energy. Like a perpetual motion machine.
Walking outdoors replenishes your nervous system, provides well-needed sunlight exposure, gives you a boost in energy, and fills you with happy hormones. It’s not just walking, but any outdoor shennanigans you can think of. So please, spend energy outside to receive more of it later.
#8 De-Clutter your life
Clutter is an energy black hole. Clutter can be both mental or physical. And the more you accumulate, the harder it is to focus on what matters.
It's important to spend a day a week cleaning out the clutter. Organize your desk. Sort out your to-do list. Get rid of everything that's not helping you to advance your goals. Develop a brief cleaning routine.
Keep only the things that help you advance your life's purpose.
#9 Where is the love?
You need love as much as your heart needs a beat.
Don’t ever forget your daily dose of love. It has the power to heal you from the inside out, like nothing else. Here is a small checklist to make sure you’re getting enough love each day:
- Hug at least one person you hold dear
- Tell others how much they mean to you and why
- Write down something you’re grateful about each day
- Do a little self-care ritual every day
#10 Avoid processed sugars
The idea is to take in what your body really needs. More water and more nuntrient-dense foods.
Food habits are a tough one and not something you can change overnight. There's however a simple rule you can slowly implement: lower your consumption of processed sugars as much as possible. They spike your body's insuling as it tries to balance out your blood-sugar levels, causing an energy crash.
#11 Drink more water than you think you need
Dehydration impairs your cognitive abilities. It strains your brain, producing mild to intense headaches, creative blockage, and a hell of a bad time.
Turns out, up to 75% of Americans are likely dehydatraed. Think of what the world would look like if we all just drank a little work water?
It helps to think of water as a supplement. You take it hard and fast, like a pill. Down a cup or two with each break you take. As you re-hydrate, you'll also rejuvinate your mind and body. Source
#12 Kick a bad habit
Smoking, alcohol, doom-scrolling, not sleeping enough, slouching, biting nails, too much coffee - it all adds up to get you eventually.
Life without these guilty pleasures, after a while, will produce a sense of rejuvination - and make you healthier! So, make sure you’re giving your best to get rid of bad habits.