Let’s face it, EVERYONE wants more energy, right?
Everyone in today’s world is looking for that extra “boost” of energy, especially in most business environments. Therefore meditation, yoga, priming, binaural beats, and vibrant plant foods are becoming more and more popular. But sadly, a lot of people are still looking past their yoga mats and dinner plates in search for unsustainable forms of energy.
Things like energy drinks, caffeine shots, and stimulant drugs affect your body in a way that’s unnatural and unhealthy, making them all unsustainable for lifetime usage. I’m sure that none of you have taken an Adderall with the idea that you’re going to be doing it for the rest of your life, right? That’d be ridiculous to think. You’ll develop so many long-term problems including neurological issues and personality changes, which is absolutely horrifying to say the least..
And the same goes for the energy drinks and caffeine shots!
So, I decided to write this post to show you that there are PLENTY of sustainable energy hacks that you can take advantage of TODAY! And before you start reading them, we should all be aware that food is our most important form of energy. My entire site is dedicated towards explaining the power of plant foods! So instead of repeating the facts that a plant-based diet will give you more energy than any other diet in the world, I thought I’d discuss 5 of my favorite energy hacks that are outside of food..
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
The root, “yuj” (meaning “unity” or “yoke”), indicates that the purpose of yoga is to unite ourselves with our highest nature, which allows us to feel and notice more by becoming more aware of our senses.
For me, yoga is the combination of priming breathwork and bodily poses that demand total concentration of my body and mind. The combination of the two allows you to feel the “unity” of yourself and lets you begin to step into that zen (a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind) state of being.
So, how will yoga help raise your energy levels? By stepping into a state of unity, you’ll begin to tap into your Kundalini energy. The term kundalini is used to refer to the vital force or energy that we all hold within us. It’s often called the “sleeping goddess” or “serpent power” and is represented as a serpent coiled around the first chakra (our root chakra) at the base of our spine. It is often depicted as a serpent, because snakes have been revered (and feared) for millennia as a powerful representation of life force or universal energy.
The point of this isn’t to give a lecture on Kundalini yoga, but to give you some insight on the dormant energy that lies within us. I’ve recently started tapping into this energy force and can already sense that it’s going to help my spiritual/personal growth immensely!
So, add some Kundalini yoga to your morning routine and see for yourself how much more vitality you’ll have throughout the day!
2) Vision boards
Vision boards are nothing more than a poster or a homemade picture-board that’s covered with pictures and quotes that resemble your dream life and future goals. It can be pictures or written word, it doesn’t matter.
Visualization is one of the most powerful tools to use when retraining your subconscious mind. When visualizing your vision board, you’re allowing yourself to feel and experience situations that haven’t happened yet – as if they were real.
Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, recently studied the art and science of goal setting. She found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams by writing them down on a regular basis.
When I made my first vision board, I put pictures of California, luscious gardens, my dream home and home-gym, my favorite entrepreneurs, and my favorite affirmations/quotes. After a short year, I realized that I subconsciously manifested most of the content that was on the vision board.
Why is this so? Because when you look at your vision board daily, you’re reprogramming your mind to act in a way that will manifest your dreams. So, since I was looking at pictures of California and palm trees, there’s no wonder why I’ve managed to travel there 4 times in the past year. Since I have a quote saying “Happy 100th Birthday”, there’s no wonder why I’m continuously learning new ways to better my health. And since it’s full of entrepreneurial quotes, there’s no wonder why I ended up withdrawing from college to chase my entrepreneurial dreams (which has worked out wonderfully).
I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get my point. Vision boards help you feel as if you’ve already manifested your goals. This feeling helps propel you towards ideas and radical action that will help make you goals come true. They will instantly give you an extra kick of energy towards making your dreams a reality. The practice of embodying that energy and feeling will take you far..
All in all, vision boards put a flame under your ass and gives you a boost of motivation towards making your dreams come true. This is purely free energy and should be taken advantage of!
3) Brainwave Music
So, what are brainwaves? Our brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other. When the signals of these neurons are produced, they produce a significant amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using medical equipment such as an electroencephalogram (EEG). The electrical activity within the brain is commonly referred to as our brainwave patterns, because of its ‘wave-like’ nature.
We can train our brains to change its brainwaves by learning meditation/relaxation techniques, but that could take months or years to accomplish. The point of the brainwave music energy hack is to realize that we have a shortcut to getting the best from our brainwaves by using sound frequencies such as binaural beats.
When it comes to understanding the benefits of manipulating our brainwaves and using binaural beats, it’s best to understand how to use the different types of brainwave states to our advantage.
Usually, we are accustomed to being in the Beta brain rhythm. When we’re consciously alert, we’re in the Beta brainwave pattern. It’s usually the default and dominant brainwave for most of us. We are in Beta when we feel pressured, agitated, hurried, tense, stressed and afraid. The frequencies range from 13 to 60 pulses per second in the Hertz scale. When we enter the Alpha brainwave state, we’re slowing our brainwaves down.
Why do we want to be in this state? Because we’ll be putting ourselves in the ideal brain state for super learning and optimum performance.
In the Alpha brainwave state, we become better at learning new information, analyzing complex situations, performing elaborate tasks, and memorizing data! According to neuroscientists, as we decrease our brain rhythm from beta to alpha through binaural beats (or through relaxation techniques), the levels of certain beneficial brain chemicals change. Studies show that alpha brainwave states significantly increase norepinephrine, beta-endorphin and dopamine. These naturally occurring chemicals are linked to feelings of expanded mental clarity and create an internal environment for new learning and accessing previously learned information. This positive effect can last for hours and sometimes even days.
All in all, by using binaural beats (and other types of brainwave music), we can slow down our brainwave rhythm and enter the Alpha state that is best suited for increased memory retention, concentration & focus for super learning!
I usually always play binaural beats while I’m writing a blog post or doing research and it helps me enter a relaxed state of focus. Instead of listening to music that doesn’t serve me and acts as a distraction, binaural beats have helped me become more productive and gain mental clarity while working on important tasks.
This is EASY energy that we can tap into!
If you haven’t ever attempted a controlled breathing session as a primer, I promise you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re trying to get ready for a long day of work, a big speech, an important athletic event, or simply want a boost in concentration and focus, a priming session will easily do the trick.
When it comes to priming and breathwork, I use the tactics from one of the best in the world, Wim Hof. Wim is a Dutch extreme athlete known as “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold, which he attributes to his breathing techniques based on Tibetan Tummo meditation (but without its religious components).
I already have a blog post about Wim and his breathing techniques, but it deserves to be repeated because I’ve gotten so much good feedback from it.
Along with boosting energy levels, concentration, focus, and vitality, he claims that these techniques of his can help with or help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, cancer, etc.
High performers like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, myself, and MANY others consider Wim to be the authority on breathing and a major positive factor for athletic performance.
Try these eight steps each morning before food, coffee, or training:
- Lie on the ground or sit with your back straight.
- Inhale deeply, pulling in as much air as you can using your diaphragm.
- Exhale fully but not forcefully; simply let the breath go.
- Repeat inhales and exhales for 30 to 40 rounds with your own rhythm.
- On the last round, exhale and then hold your breath until your body feels the need to breathe.
- Inhale deeply, then hold your breath for ten seconds.
- Repeat steps 3–6 for three or four rounds.
- After your final round, hop in a cold shower. On your first try, stay under the water for 30 seconds, then gradually increase until you reach three to five minutes.
Ever since I was introduced to Wim’s techniques about 10 months ago, I’ve use this breathing method a lot! Once you realize the instantaneous effect it has on your body and mind, you’ll become addicted.
I was blessed to run into Wim during my last trip to California. We were eating a beautiful vegan dinner at Café Gratitude and my buddy, Joel, randomly lit up like a fire cracker! I turned around and saw Wim walking towards us on his tippy toes, literally.. Wim had this indescribable energy to him that was vibrant to say the least! The encounter was short lived, but his energy and enthusiasm surely stuck with me.
So, if you’re interested in breathwork and breathing primers, I full-heartedly recommend trying the breathing method above! And if you enjoy it, I wouldn’t hesitate on learning more about Wim’s endless mentality hacks.
5) Avoid Lights Before Bed
With proper sleep cycles, we can protect our energy levels and be more in-tune with our circadian biological clock.
What does this have to do with avoiding lights before bed?
It has EVERYTHING to do with it! Darkness is essential to sleep. The absence of light sends critical signals to the body that it’s time to rest. Light exposure at the wrong times alters the body’s internal “sleep clock” (the biological mechanism that regulates sleep/wake cycles) in ways that interfere with both the quantity and quality of sleep.
Melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal glad, is often known as the “sleep hormone.” It influences sleep by sending signals to the brain that it’s time for sleep. This signal helps initiate the body’s physiological preparations for sleep. We are hard-wired to sync up with the light cycles around us. So when our brains are fully stimulated for hours up until the minute we lay down to sleep, it’s that much harder to get a good night’s sleep and in turn stay focused the next day. Even if you fall asleep immediately, your quality of sleep will be low.
To avoid this and ensure you’re getting the high quality sleep you need to jump out of bed fully energized, avoid screens for 1-2 hours before bed every night. And to take it a step further, don’t look at your phone for 30 minutes to an hour after waking up. You’ll feel more relaxed and more energized, and you’ll dodge those mid-day crashes.
This is all because the light from digital devices contains high concentrations of blue light, a wavelength of light that research has shown is especially detrimental to sleep. And if you absolutely need a nightlight, use a nightlight with a red bulb. Red is a long wavelength light that has been shown to be less disruptive to sleep than other light wavelengths.
So, now you know how lights (especially the blue lights that’re emitted from our screens) effect our sleep/wake cycles and impacts our energy levels. Just do your best to stay aware of how our circadian biological clock influences our energy levels and you’ll be well on your way to getting better sleep and protecting your energy levels!
- Yoga and meditation will help you tap into your dormant kundalini energy, which is our infinite life-force energy
- Vision boards help us train our subconscious mind in a way that helps us embody the needed energy to take radical action towards our truest desires and goals
- Brainwave music optimizes our brainwave states in a way that helps us tap into specific rhythms, such as the Alpha state, to become more energized, focused and prepared for super-learning
- Priming/breathwork allows us to revitalize and prime our body and mind (along with countless other benefits), which can help us step into any specific mindset that’s needed for the time being
- Avoiding lights before bed allows us to get more in-tune with our circadian biological clock, which will help us get better quality sleep and increase our vitality and energy levels during our waking cycles
I hope this post was helpful! I LOVE energy hacks and have realized that a lot of other people do as well. If you’re wanting to learn more about how we can optimize our energy and performance, I talk about these energy hacks and plenty about how our diet is the MAIN contributor to our energy levels in my newest e-book Going Vegan.
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Much Love, Dakota Mays