Of all the abiding questions on the internet, particularly around personal care and personal issues, energy seems to be the most searched, the most common, and the most ongoing.
“How do I get more energy?”
“Why don’t I have any energy?”
“How do I maintain good energy?”
And on and on.
We live in a world filled with hyper-busy overworked exhausted and burnt-out people.
How do we get more energy to keep up with it all?
There’s a great quote that’s been circulating the internet for the last several years by author, poet, and all-around Texan badass Brooke Hampton:
“No, we don’t need more sleep. It’s our souls that are tired, not our bodies. We need nature. We need magic. We need adventure. We need freedom. We need truth. We need stillness. We don’t need more sleep. We need to wake up and live.”
And on many levels, this is true.
Nowhere more than spiritually are we exhausted.
Yes, we’re overworked and underpaid, for the most part across societies across the globe.
But have you ever noticed how when you’re really into something, you can devote all your time to it and you never seem exhausted?
Work versus Play
When I first fell in love with my husband, we would stay up all night talking, giggling, laughing, getting serious again, and then lapsing into laughter and whimsy all over again.
We would get up and go to work the next day and then get right back to our all-night talk fests, tirelessly.
Yet, when you’re doing work you don’t enjoy, or filling your days with mundane tasks, you seem to be tired all the time?
In Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, young Tom is whitewashing a fence at his aunt’s insistence. He does not want to do the work, and he’s doing everything he can to get out of it.
Then he conceives of a brilliant idea: he will act as though it is the most fun in the world and trick his friends into doing the work for him.
So he does.
He whistles and carries on like whitewashing is so much fun, and as each of his friends passes by and sees him at it, they not only ask to do the work for him, but they begin to bribe and beg, paying him in candy and toys in order to get a chance at whitewashing.
“Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”
And as we have all experienced, play does not make us tired in the same way “work” does. Indeed, play seems to provide us with an endless supply of energy.
This, I would argue, is due to energy being more spiritual than it is physical. It is, truly, metaphysical.
When you spend your day doing what you love, what you are passionate about, you rarely find yourself drained of energy.
So, the very first trick to getting more energy is to ensure you do more of what you love.
But, of course, we all can’t always be doing things we love and consider play all the time, right?
Well, sure we can.
It is a matter of perspective, after all.
Shift your perspective and you can make virtually anything play. Things also become much more enjoyable when you can have gratitude for your ability to do them.
“I get to make dinner for my family because I get to have this amazing family.”
“I get to clean dishes for this family I am so fortunate to have.”
“I get to go to a job every day when I could instead be homeless or without a job.”
You can do it with pretty much anything.
A shift to gratitude and then even deeper into appreciation can truly change every single aspect of your life.
But, I take your point.
We cannot all get there all the time, and certainly not right away.
It takes effort and practice to shift your mindset to one of gratitude, appreciation, and joy in all you do.
In the meantime, you could probably use some help restoring your energy.
Aside from taking an intensely spiritual look at your life and bringing more joy to your work, making it play, and thereby energizing yourself from within, there are very practical approaches to restoring your energy.
The single most important thing you can do to gain more energy in your life is sleep. You should be getting a bare minimum of 7 hours of sleep every single night, and most functional medicine doctors and other sleep experts will tell you to set aside 9 hours in bed so that you can actually get the full minimum 7 hours and ideally more.
At first, you may feel a bit groggy in the morning if you are not used to getting a full night’s sleep. This is normal.
One way to combat that grogginess is to aim for a 9 to 6 schedule, the hours when you are most likely to get your most restful sleep. Get into bed by 9 every night and rise by 6 every morning. According to ayurvedic medicine, this sleep schedule is ideal energetically for the vast majority of people on earth.
You would be surprised by how fatigued you are just because of lack of water. Water is incredibly energizing.
The very first thing you should do when you feel tiredness setting in is drink a full glass of water. Aim for 8 glasses of water each day for consistently hydrated energy levels.
Your food should not make you feel like crap. But here’s the thing: you really are what you eat, literally.
The food you consume becomes the makeup of the material in your cells. If you eat processed foods, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup all day every day, you’re gonna feel like crap.
If you have a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, herbs, and healthy proteins, you’re going to feel energized.
This one seems counterintuitive, but it is nonetheless true. Exercise gives you energy.
Aim for 30 minutes walks in sunshine, or at least nature if you don’t have sunshine that day, and watch your energy levels rise.
Vitamin D is a huge contributor of energy, and most humans are deficient in this essential vitamin. Sunlight boosts a chemical in your brain called serotonin, and that not only gives you energy, but it also keeps you happy, positive, and focused. Win/win!
Turn off your screens! I know, it’s hard. And I get it. I’m on my phone for much of the day.
But if you want better sleep and more energy, you will need to turn your screen off an hour before bedtime. At least.
Give your brain the rest it needs, and it will give you the joy and energy you need.
There are many more tips and tricks to help boost your energy levels on a physical level, but if you just start small, with what you have here, both physically and spiritually, I have a feeling you will be shocked by how much natural energy stores you see in yourself.
33 Crystals for Energy
You know I love my crystals.
To support your mission to gain more energy, gather your crystals, keep them with you as you are making your perspective shifts and small changes in your physical daily routine.
Remember that while there is great power in crystals, that power only exists because of you. You give them the power and import they hold.
You must believe in their ability to shift you, to remind you, and to keep you focused.
Otherwise, they’re just pretty rocks.
Not that there’s anything wrong with having a bunch of pretty rocks around.
Here are some crystals to consider keeping by your side as you make these energetic shifts.
- Red Jasper
- Poppy Jasper
- Orange Calcite
- Black Obsidian
- Black Tourmaline
- Black Onyx
- Smoky Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Lapiz Lazuli
- Blue Apatite
- Tiger’s Eye
With crystals, as with herbs, and as with any other natural healing property, the healing benefits will be individual. When choosing your crystals, investigate them, hold them, sync up to them, and see how they make you feel.
This is true of everything on earth, of course, each of our experiences is unique here, and we will all interact differently with different parts of the earth.
The key to any shift in life is to get in tune with yourself and your own personal journey, take the advice and counsel of trusted sources, but then be sure to always come back to and check-in with yourself.
You already have all the power you need within.