This website is all about survival. That said, survival can mean different things to different people or even to the same people within the context of different circumstances. Still, in it’s most basic definition, survival is defined as: the act or fact of living.
At Backdoor Survival, we take things beyond basic living. We plan for unexpected emergencies, we prep for disasters, and we mentally challenge ourselves to deal with uncertain times. But not everything we do has to do with crisis management. Sometimes we simply gather up the tools of daily life and come up with the very best way to get by and to cope with the challenges of daily life.
One of those challenges, especially during these uncertain times, is having sufficient energy to get through the day with time left over for a bit of relaxation or, as I like to call it, nourishment for the soul.
Today I propose a dozen great energy boosters that can help you avoid fatigue and give you that extra boost and oomph to experience life in a healthy, wide-awake, alert and joyful manner.
12 Ways to Boost Your Energy Quotient
1. Get a good night’s rest. This is easier said than done. One of the best ways I know of to get enough sleep is to make sleep a priority. Sleep is not an inconvenient and not a bothersome task to mark off of your daily checklist. Look forward to going to bed at night by treating sleep as a rest and rejuvenation period. Need convincing? Read Sleep: The Survival Skill No One Talks About.
2. Drink water. Dehydration is a big contributor to fatigue which often causes people to not be able to concentrate as well as other physical ills. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated even if your body does not appear to be demanding the extra fluid.
3. Eat at least one high fiber mean a day. A fiber filled meal can really lift your energy and help your energy level to stay constant throughout the day. Fiber can also slow down the absorption of food which keeps blood sugar levels steady in the body. You will not only feel better, but the likelihood of mood swings is greatly diminished.
4. Have a bit of caffeine. If done properly, you can use caffeine to increase your energy levels without having a sudden drop mid-day. The way to do it is to have a moderate amount of caffeine – say 6 ounces and not more than 8 ounces – every few hours. This will prevent a huge energy spike followed by a later crash. Controversial? Maybe. But I have tried this and it really does work,
5. Drink some tea. Not only does it contain caffeine but it also has L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps decrease fatigue and also improve alertness. Black Tea is also great because it is an antioxidant which can help combat stress.
6. Fruits and nuts are your friends. A great source of magnesium comes from fruits and nuts. People with low magnesium levels have been shown to use up their energy faster leaving them tired quicker. Aim for 320mg of magnesium in order to boost your energy levels.
7. Have a peanut butter and banana sandwich. The banana contributes potassium and the peanut butter contributes magnesium to your daily palette nutrients. Together they help metabolize sugar which can also lead to a more consistent mood throughout the day.
8. Surround yourself with plants. A study was conducted showing that the use of plants in a windowless office can increase productivity up to 12%. Supposedly, the plants increased the workers creative thoughts and reduced their levels of stress. Is this really true? Who knows. All I can say is that Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of directing energy, uses houseplants extensively. In general, all kinds of plants emit a positive energy and, because they cleanse air, they contribute to the positive flow of chi throughout a house. It is worth a shot.
9. Listen to music. Music has a calming effect on almost everyone and surprise surprise, the genre does not matter as long as the music is enjoyable and makes you feel more upbeat. Listening to music will alleviate stress which leads to our next tip.
10. Reduce stress in your life. Isn’t is a shame that many of us (and I have been guilty) wear the amount of stress we have as a badge of success? Get over it. Don’t fall in to “bragging” about the amount of stress in your life. Instead, deal with you task list, get things done rather than procrastinate and feel a sense of accomplishment – even a small one – each and every day.
11. Take a walk and get moving. There is nothing like a bout of physical exercise to set your mood and your energy level on fire. Even a brief, fifteen minute walk with your dog will go a long way toward boosting your energy. And even though it does not seem logical, the exertion of physical energy does not use up energy, it accelerates it.
12. Smile. What else can I say? Smiles are contagious, and they actually improve your mood. As a bonus, people will respond to your smile and often times will smile right back. Others will tend to treat you in a friendly and generous manner and as for your spouse or partner? Their day will become better as well.
Here I am working at my desk with my goLite
Bonus tip: Living the the Pacific Northwest can be dreary, especially during the winter months. Often on those dreary days, the get up and go never takes off. The result is low energy and if not a sour mood, then a “moody” mood if you know what I mean. A few years ago, I invested in a therapy light. Specifically, I purchased the Philips goLITE and let me tell you, thirty minutes a day and the smile is back, the energy is back, and enthusiasm and go-to-it-ism rules the day.
The Final Word
The lack of energy is an unwelcome state no matter what but it is especially unwelcome in the life of the 21st century Prepper. There is simply too much to do to waste time with a lackluster level of energy. So take your pick – mix and match – boost your energy and give yourself the ability to embrace the future with gusto.
Remember, it is all about survival.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device: I own the Phillips goLite and upon checking, can not believe how much the price has dropped since I purchased mine (I paid about $165) There is no better way to get through the doldrums of dark wintery days. (And be sure to read my experience with it here: See the light on a dark and dreary day.)
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools M37-N SEAL Pup: This highly rated knife will do it all whether you are an avid hiker, hunter, camper, fisherman or just someone who wants to be prepared for whatever the world will throw at you.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.
Fiskars 7850 X7 14-Inch Hatchet: I think a common mistake is to pick up a cheap hatchet from Harbor Freight and call it a day. This is something you do not want to skimp on. A Fiskars is easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.
MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.
Square Foot Gardening: You do not need a lot of space to grow your own food. Start with some awesome greens and branch out from there. This method works. Seed catalogs will be out next month, why not start your planning now?
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.
I really love the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cooked up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet. Oh my gosh – it was better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made. The best part is that all I had to add was water! Same with the Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.
These are just two of the food storage items that you can purchase at Emergency Essentials. And if you need some recipes? Go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand.
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