3 Healthy Ways to Energize

I spent the past weekend in Nashville as part of a childhood friend's wedding party. What an amazing experience! The lavish wedding weekend was a marathon. We had over two full days of celebratory meals and cocktail parties. While I had a great time at the various gatherings, I was surprised to find that all of the meet and greet drained my energy. 

The other bridesmaids and I often found ourselves with an hour or two in between parties. I used the practices below to restore physical & emotional energy in a way that worked with my body's natural rhythms. Please enjoy the following tips & share your own experiences below :).

It may sound counterintuitive, but water helps wake your sluggish muscles better than coffee! Water restores electrolyte balance and elasticity to all your body tissues. Furthermore, water is a critical component in all of the body's processes. Sipping water throughout the day keeps your metabolism running smoothly and decreases your chance of headaches. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to take care of yourself. Read more about the surprising benefits of hydration from Jeff Sanders.

Therapeutic-grade essential oils stimulate the nervous system by engaging the senses. I used essential oils every day of the wedding weekend to luxuriate in self-care amidst the chaos. Turns out, everyone loved the smell of the oils! I ended up sharing the aromatherapy with other bridesmaids, their parents, and even the wedding photographer. 

To improve mood, try applying peppermint oil, which eases tension and boosts energy naturally. In addition to applying peppermint oil, you can also put a drop of peppermint oil on your tongue and touch it to the roof of your mouth. For refreshment and headache relief, consider mixing peppermint oil with lavender oil and applying to temples and neck. The sweet aroma of lavender oil is soothing and promotes mental and physical wellbeing. 

3. DANCE! 
There is nothing like putting on your favorite dance music and hopping around (without caring what you look like). If your dance music has words, try belting out a few tunes -- singing also helps raise your energy. This dance and sing tip is a classic example of "fake it 'til you make it" -- embody the energetic person you want to be, and you can make your way there! For more, check out Christa Smith's resource on using music to raise your vibration.

BONUS: If you have time to rest...
...but not enough time for a decent nap, try Legs Up the Wall pose. Fifteen minutes in this inversion will leave you feeling as rested as a one-hour nap. 

-- Namaste y'all --