We all have things that we would like to improve in our lives…
Whether it’s getting to the gym more often, spending more time with our friends and family or volunteering our time to important causes...we all have things we want to make more of a priority…
We may even take steps to make some of these positive changes…but most of the time these changes end up being temporary as we quickly revert back to our baseline schedules and routines.
Why do we do this?
Why do we identify things that are important to us…things that we know will make our lives... and the lives of those around us...richer, healthier and more meaningful…but fail to make permanent and lasting changes?
We want to make healthy meals for our families but end up taking the path of least resistance with take-out or processed foods…
We want to go out with friends and initially say “yes” to an invitation…but end up finding an excuse to cancel and stay home…
We want to go to the gym a minimum three days a week… but instead turn our alarm off and go back to sleep…
We want to invest in causes we believe in and do things to care for our planet...but we don’t have the energy to plant a garden or make the most earth-friendly choices, like walking to the store instead of driving.
We want to write a book, play a game with our kids, pursue our side-business idea or volunteer at a shelter…but we end up using that time to sit on the couch and watch Netflix.
Contrary to the stories we tell ourselves…we don’t fail to accomplish these things because we are “too busy”, “selfish”, “a bad parent”, or “unmotivated”.
The truth is…we are simply tired.
The number one general complaint at doctors’ offices is fatigue.
The number one reason we don’t do all the things we want to do is that we often don’t have the mental energy to do anything more than what is absolutely necessary.
So we stay stuck in our old, stale routine…missing out on some of life’s greatest opportunities…and then feel guilty about it!
Thankfully there are some really simple things that we can do to increase our mental energy and focus and get us back on course to living our best lives and contributing to our world in purposeful ways.
Simple nutritional and lifestyle changes such as drinking more water, eating foods to keep our blood sugars balanced (higher fat and protein choices), engaging in moderate activity, and improving our sleep hygiene can drastically improve our mental clarity, focus, motivation and energy.
Never underestimate the difference these baseline habits can make…
Certain supplements have also been proven to be very helpful when it comes to increasing mental energy and focus.
Supplements can be an important first step in improving your health because they give you that initial boost that you need so that you have the energy to make nutritious meals, get in more activity and make healthier, life enhancing choices.
Here are some top choices to kickstart your energy and focus…
American Ginseng – American ginseng is an herb that contains potent properties that help support the body and mind during times of mental and physical exertion. If you are looking for a boost of mental and physical energy take 200-400mg per day in the morning. This herb can help you bust through that mid-afternoon “energy wall” without the dips and dives that sugar and caffeine create…so that you can remain focused and productive until bedtime.
B Complex – B vitamins are important for energy, mood and focus. They are water soluble and are more quickly depleted during times of stress or intake of sugar and alcohol. Our Board recommends full spectrum, high potency B complex. It is important to take B vitamins in this form so that they are readily usable by the body. Many B vitamins sold in stores are not full spectrum, high potency so make sure they are. At SHINE Health we focus mostly on stand alone supplements to have a targeted personalized approach. Here are our three favorite B vitamins and why.
Omega 3 - (available as both plant and fish source) will help to promote healthy mood balance, cognitive health and brain function. The active ingredients of DHA and EPA work together to give the body what it naturally needs for optimum health. A therapeutic dose is 1500-3000 mg per day of combined EPA and DHA. This product is great for overall health and specific stress symptoms of low mood and feeling sluggish.
This will ensure that not only can you meet your responsibilities...you will have leftover energy for all your possibilities…
If we all had a little more energy to give away, imagine the world we could create!
Shine health is all about helping Canadians live their best lives so that we can collectively contribute to the ongoing positive investment in our families, communities, country and planet..
With more energy we could start that side business…finish that course…befriend a new Canadian...make earth friendly choices...outplay our kids and live the full, happy and purposeful lives that we all deserve!