44 Actions You Can Take Now to Boost Your Energy

Too often, we seem to accept the fact that our energy level is what it is. It’s beyond our control. Not true. Like most things in life, we have more control than we think.

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Recently, just for the fun of it, I started making a list of all the things that energize me. I started out with a list of 10. Then it grew to 20, 30, then 40, and now, 44. But I am certain I have only just begun.

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These are in no particular order:

  1. Take Vitamins.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Organize your desk.
  4. Eat lean.
  5. Get 7–8 hours of sleep a night.
  6. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  7. Take naps.
  8. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  9. Use a sun lamp.
  10. Exercise regularly.
  11. Stop watching or reading the news.
  12. Avoid negative people.
  13. Surround yourself with high-energy people.
  14. Walk faster.
  15. Decide to be energetic.
  16. Smile.
  17. Learn a new joke and tell it to someone.
  18. Read or watch something inspiring.
  19. Avoid sugar and white carbs (potatoes, bread, etc.)
  20. Reconcile with an estranged family member or friend.
  21. Go to church.
  22. Sing old TV theme songs with friends.
  23. Listen to music that moves you.
  24. Get outside.
  25. Breathe more deeply.
  26. Read the Bible.
  27. Relax your body.
  28. Cancel unproductive meetings.
  29. Plan a vacation.
  30. Experience art.
  31. Stop complaining.
  32. Be grateful.
  33. Pay someone a compliment.
  34. Give money to a good cause.
  35. Lighten someone else’s load.
  36. Travel with less stuff.
  37. Clean out your closet.
  38. Have dinner with a friend and be fully present.
  39. Take a shower.
  40. Get a massage.
  41. Turn off your mobile phone.
  42. Get lost in a great story.
  43. Make a list of why you are doing what you are doing.
  44. Dream about what is possible.

Here are a few other posts I have written on this topic: “How to Reboot Your Spirit,” “What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit,” and “How to Boost Your Energy Level.”

Question: What have I missed. What is on your list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Janherbert

    Great thanks. Jan

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.
    - Have a sip of coffee (tea) for pure enjoyment. 
    -Do a few push ups/jumping jacks. 
    -Read a quick blog/quote or reflect on a previously know one

    K, bye

  • http://www.caminomyway.com/ Randall St Germain

    Michael, I found it interesting that your post came out on a day which I struggled to do my work and write my blog. Although I have had a cold for the last week, it has been many nights since I had a good sleep. I haven’t been eating well and not exercising as much as I need to. I feel very tired. I think tomorrow, I shall go for a nice hike and get some fresh mountain air. Thanks Michael for all your posts. I wish you and everyone a wonderful holiday weekend.

  • Gammy 2006

    Thanks for your article. I really needed that enlightment. I made a list 1st then compared ours together! Amazing how similar they are. A few I have listed differently are: Intimacy, a sweet Kiss, New Love, dating ….I lied, those weren’t really on my list, well not initiall, I mean (except intimacy)they came to my mind as I was typing and since I don’t have those things in my life right now, I suppose I could say those go on a different list like “What makes me smile or what I am missing! So sorry, back to my real list: Showering, laughing, playing with my grandchild, Praying, cleaning, dancing to good music, painting or decorating, studying, shopping and last but not least financial security! Thanks for allowing my comments.

  • Gammy 2006

    I forgot one really important one or two! Living a Balanced Life- Mind, Body & Soul! Creating & eating beautiful meals I made up as I go! Lastly, working on fulfilling my lifes purpose! I love this list and now am inspired to create more….thanks to Michael! Good job!

  • Fergys6

    Kiss someone!

    • Gammy 2006

      Wish I had someone to Kiss!

  • Allyson Foster

    May fall under #1, but one of my favorites (and yours I believe) is Spark!  Keeps me present.

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  • Esimathis

    Hi Michael, my list echoes many of your entries.  I would add: Dance, hug someone (who wants to be hugged), pet an animal, memorize a Scripture, pray for someone else, recall a fond memory, list the things going well in your life, savor a great meal, walk or sit by the water, send a card……..

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  • Sylange

    Nature! We just returned from a trip to Baja where we camped on the beach and swam with whale sharks. Came home as re-energized as I ever remember being? Why? No electronics. No distractions. Focused attention on each other and on the beauty before us. In the moment.

  • http://tyronneratcliff.com/ Tyronne Ratcliff

    Hey Michael. These are all really great energy boosting tips. Your productivity during the day is based on your energy level. A few things that have worked for me are making changes to my diet, getting out more often and staying properly hydrated. Being around other people that are energetic has worked for me as well. Have a good one!

  • Maria Morgan

    Great list! Here’s another one that boosts my energy: Get an adjustment at the chiropractor.

  • Lori Bruton

    Great ideas! I get energized when I by water and kayaking.

  • Roberta Brown

    Two more ideas: practice an instrument, and write in your journal.

  • Terrie Coleman

    Great list. I would also add singing old hymns. I don’t know why, but singing, “there is power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb,” just gets me going. Blessings.

  • Pam

    Great list to get my brain working on my own list. I’m on vacation the next 2 wks and am doing a personal ‘reset’ on various areas of my life. Reading this was perfect timing for me!

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Always valuable information I can use or refer back to later. Thank you for sharing the gift God gave you with others.

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Great list, Michael, but I’d watch out for #9…

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Read a few comments, and I now better understand #9!

  • nayla

    I would add: take a food intolerance test to see what aliments drain your energy down (for me it s gluten and egg yolks)

  • Brigitte Cobb

    Sleep. I just love that one :)

  • Dave Cornell

    Thank you for a great list, Michael. I already do some of these but I am going to pick five that I don’t use and put them into practice. I’m thinking one of them will be the sun lamp. How do you use yours? Thank you, Michael!