ENERGY & HEALTH • the answers

I just don’t seem to have the same energy I once had and I feel a bit overwhelmed. I’ve always been very productive and nothing seemed to bother me too much. How do I get my mojo back?

From: Pamela J

John: First, make sure you’re getting annual physicals from a qualified physician. Assuming that you are generally healthy and not under a doctor’s care, how much sleep are you getting? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you get at least 7 – 8 hours of good quality sleep each night at regular times. Proper rest is one of the most important actions you can take to recharge yourself.

During the course of any day, our energy levels will ebb and flow. I find that later in the afternoon, my energy tends to drop. When you feel like your energy is low, take anywhere from 1-15 minutes and move your body. Stand up. Take a short walk around the office or outside, weather permitting. Breathe and focus on only your breath for 5-15 minutes. Relax your body and breathe slowly, inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth. These methods should help you energize your body, improve your mood and sharpen your focus.